BVI: Session 3 - The Prosecutor
Posted: Thu, Aug 15, 2013
Staff Update Day 16
Location: West End, Tortola
Its the final night on the water for session 3, and we staff can’t believe it has flown by so quickly. What’s more, even though we should be used to it by now, all our awesome shipmates are down below, chilling out together and collectively cooking us a delicious dinner! We have been constantly surprised by the fantastic team our nationally diverse students have become and how well they adapted to life on our 51.5 x 10(???) foot floating island over the last 17 days. We may be biased but.. we have had the Best Team Ever! I have been teaching the diving side of the Carina program and spent most of my time with Ellie, Jesse, Luca, Daniel (Lion), and Daniel, and am proud to certify them as Advanced Divers with their Fish ID and Boat Diver Specialties. Over our dives I’ve seen them conquer underwater navigation, develop vital buddy team communication skills, and expand their awareness of what lies beneath. I had some awesome dives with them all and it was especially great taking Ellie for her first ever wreck dive on the RMS Rhone! Lion and Daniel have been a power duo like no other on the boat, always the source of all jokes and the best American DJs on the deck(s)! However fierce competition came from team Europe in the form of Luca with his Swiss euro-pop and 80s tunes! Joey then took up all other genres with his playlists, and spent a lot of time huddled with the staff discussing them, life, the universe and everything around the slowest coffee percolator known to man. So much has happened on this trip – be it deep discussions or legendary mischievous antics/costumes often led by Jesse with Luca, Joey and Graham in full swing! Graham our Quest-er has been doing loads of cool activities across the islands and really blew us away with his Pico skills and sailing skills! As did our Vega students Cat (with the highest energy levels ever) and Charlotte (with her quirky Swedish style and input), who we’ve had an absolute blast with gaining their first SCUBA and sailing qualifications. All in all its been memorable trip we’re all sad to see coming to an end. We’ve had so much fun and Gordo, Simon, Kris and I really look forwards to hearing and seeing these crazy folks again in the future!
Day 16- Last Day On The Dock
Location: West End, Tortola
We started the day off early, the days cooks and I up early to prepare breakfast and attend a skipper’s meeting. After the meeting, which briefed us on our race course for the day, Gordo and I returned to the boat. We were very glad to find everyone awake and the coffee ready. We readied all the sails and started for the start line almost immediately. The start went well. Changes won by half the race, but the boats were rather well matched. We came in second. After our race we changed course to West End. While sailing over we began to clean the cabins, galley, and salon of the boat. Once we arrived we had only the floors and deck left to clean. We finished before the other boats, thanks to our teamwork, and we went out to West End for lunch. It was a busy, full day; I think that is what we all needed to keep our minds off the goodbyes we will say so soon. I look forward to the last BBQ tonight as a wonderful goodbye party. I really will miss everyone.
Posted: Wed, Aug 14, 2013
Day 15- Last Official Day At Sea
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Fifteen days have passed, most at sea with some stops at port, and now we’re down to our last day at sea (and port, Road Town), before all the catamarans and monohulls head back to West End for our final BBQ and goodbyes. 🙁 However, we started our day with a super yummy breakfast made by our two chefs, Daniel L. and Charlotte. After a speedy cleanup, we were off on the super dinks for wakeboarding/kneeboarding/waterskiing. Then we were off to Road Town, Tortola! In Road Town we had lunch, hogged the free Wifi, and four of the guys bought some “traditional BVI attire” to wear back to the boat. Once we all arrived back on the Prosecutor, we (and Ian) were headed off to the Bight on Norman Island it was a nice easy sail over. Once we arrived to Norman Island, the staff headed out for a meeting while we pulled pranks. Kidding! We all hung out in the galley, talked, hung out, and cracked jokes while the chefs prepared a dinner of franks and beans, mac and cheese, and chili. Then when the staff came back we all had showers, one last final squeeze, and our final dinner on the stern of the Prosecutor with an amazingly beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea, mountains, and a sunset. It’s a bittersweet last night out in the Bight and out on the water before we all head back to West End tomorrow.
Posted: Tue, Aug 13, 2013
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we got up early to dive the RMS Rhone, a wreck that sank off of Salt Island in 1867. The Rhone was a 310 ft. steamer carrying 300 passengers and crew. Only one passenger and 22 seamen survived. This has been one of my favorite days so far because it was my first wreck dive and we saw a turtle and a moray eel. In the afternoon we decided to race the other boats. Unfortunately we came in last right at the last minute. But it was still great fun. This evening we have our sailing exam, so we have spent our free time reviewing with the staff. Tonight we are also lucky enough to watch VISAR, a volunteer rescue service in the BVI, doing one of their practice drills on the Lifeworks boat.
Posted: Mon, Aug 12, 2013
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Dear Log Entry! After the first skipper’s meeting we had our chef Joey cook us some delicious pancakes. A perfect start to our first race day! The first race started off from yesterday’s bonfire island and we headed on a broad reach over to West End to fill up our water supply. At the moment I am enjoying the view of our chefs preparing dinner for tonight’s Mexican night while dancing. The rest of the crew are up on deck enjoying today’s first dip in the sea and a shower. All of them are hungry after two awesome races where we came in second. Tonight we are having Lifeworks, which so far the director Mike has been leading. It is a way for all the boats to come together and discuss social and personal things, ways to deal with them, and how to accept unavoidable problems we might encounter.