BVI: Session 3 - Gemini II
Posted: Fri, Aug 15, 2014
Day 16- The Last Day
Location: West End, Tortola
Today was a said but also very happy day. There’s only one reason why it’s sad. That reason is that it’s our last day. As we clean the ship, cleaning things that are unknown and packing our bags, we reminisce on our journey and how amazing it was. But enough on the sad things, as today was also amazing. We woke up to a nice sunny day and had cereal. As we started cleaning up someone dropped something and of course it was my job to jump in and retrieve it. With my luck that wasn’t the end of it; I was brought to a skipper’s meeting to discuss the fateful race today, which I was sure that the Gemini crew would win. I went back to the ship and we started getting pumped for the race. After a couple moments we heard the countdown for the start and then we heard “GO!” We were off with a great start. We took the lead and we won!! We were cheering and celebrating with scuba tank cannons. Thanks for the amazing memories Gemini crew, it was amazing.
Posted: Thu, Aug 14, 2014
Day 15- A Late Start
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today we had the chance to sleep in and then the chefs made us an assortment of pancakes, from chocolate to apple. The DMs also got to help out with the rescue scenarios as unresponsive divers. After the morning cleanup everyone got the chance to go waterskiing and wakeboarding while the divemasters completed their swim tests. When everything was done we motored into Road Town for lunch and some ice cream. When we were getting ready to sail out of the Bight, Adam noticed flour in the sail bag. After preparing ourselves to be covered in flour we headed into the wind to raise the mainsail and let all the flour out. After the whole crew was covered in flour it turned into an all-out flour fight. We then had the idea of turning empty Pringles cans into flour guns by using scuba tanks as the pressure in order to cover people in flour. Then, finishing our sail to the Bight, our staff left for a meeting and we all took our last salt water showers for the trip. We all pitched in the help get all of the flour cleaned up off the deck while the chefs started to prepare our final boat dinner together before the last night’s BBQ in West End tomorrow. This trip has flown by and it’s so hard knowing tomorrow is the last day. We have all become so close on this trip. It will be strange not waking up and having everyone so close but it has been a great trip with many friendships built in just the last few weeks.
Posted: Wed, Aug 13, 2014
Day 14- Rhone Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
We woke up this morning and pretty quickly got underway. We headed to Salt Island to dive the wreck of the RMS Rhone. The Rhone is a world famous dive site and one of the best in the BVI. After eating a breakfast of cereal on the way, we arrived and set the boat up for diving. With the DMs leading, the advanced students dive first. We saw tons of life on the wreck. We saw a turtle and a ray. We did a cool swim through by the propeller of the wreck. After we surfaced the open water students hit the water. After everyone was done it was time for lunch. We had deli sandwiches. We then dinghied over to Salt Island for a hike. The views at the top were amazing. After taking tons of pictures we went back to the boat and then had a nice downwind sail back to Peter Island. We relaxed and showered and then had one of the best dinners, which is breakfast for dinner. We are now cleaning the boat. DMs are doing our EFR test and then we will all have movie night. We are all enjoying our last few days of the trip.
Posted: Tue, Aug 12, 2014
Day 13- Busy Day For Gemini
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
This morning, after last night’s BBQ, the crew woke up to a sunny day at Sandy Spit. The first order of business was morning sailing practicals, which included exercises in tacking, jibing, heaving to and man overboards. Midday saw the ship arriving at West End, where the journey began. Lunch was taken ashore, much for the enjoyment of the crew, who enjoyed conch fritters, Caesar salads and cheeseburgers. For the afternoon, with a start time at 2:10, the boat engaged in a race onto Peter Island. The race, waged against all other ActionQuest vessels, was enjoyable, though the result is best left undisclosed. Upon arriving at Peter Island, showers and Mexican night got the crew clean and nourished. Now, after a hearty squeeze and amidst tiresome cleaning, we prepare ourselves for a hopefully inspirational Lifeworks session with head of program Mike.
Posted: Mon, Aug 11, 2014
Day 12- Captain’s Log, Star Date 81114, 80820
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Today started out uneventfully, with most of the crew and staff waking after 7am (how luxurious!). A late breakfast of scrambled eggs and hot sauce followed. We started sail training for all those trying to get their IYT crew certificate. Many tacks, jibes and sailing maneuvers followed. The most eventful, however, were the man overboard exercises. Our “shipmate,” who I like to call Fender Bob, decided to go for an unplanned swim. Naturally we had to rescue him, although Bob does not have to be a him. Bob can be a she, it, or whatever Bob feels like he/she/it wants to be. However, this is besides the point. The first try was unsuccessful. We went into irons too early and let Bob float out to sea. He/she/it was not pleased. The second attempt we were closer but still too far from Bob to help. He was just sitting there and we passed by out of reach. Bob was still displeased. The third attempt, however, would have been successful if our boat was longer or we grabbed Bob closer to the stern of the boat. Thus, we turned around for a fourth and finally a fifth try. Bob was rescued on our time. Needless to say, we will not let him/her/it out of our sight. We continued sailing to Brewer’s Bay for a delicious lunch of mac and cheese. All ate well. After we kept sailing towards Sandy Spit. We relaxed on the beach until cookout time, when we ate burgers and dogs. We showered on the boat afterwards (wow, such clean, very hygiene). I myself need to take my shower so I will end today’s blog. It is B-log by the way, not blog. Closing out the day at 8:08 and 20 seconds, exactly, this is Matthew.