BVI: Session 2 - Tanis Marie
Posted: Mon, Jul 30, 2012
Staff Update Day 20
Location: West End, Tortola
This session may have been a session to top all others. Every single person on Tanis Marie has learned so much about each other, themselves, diving, sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, wakeboarding, skiing, kneeboarding, cooking, cleaning, applying sunscreen, and taking ocean showers. Vocabularies have expanded to include terms like starboard, deckies, stanchion, dust cap, SPG, Hibiclens, and head. Perhaps most importantly though, all of us have gained new friends- some would even go as far as to say new family members. We’ve helped each other through dive lessons, jellyfish stings, stubbed toes, sail study groups, stubborn dirty dishes, and general mood swings that come with close quarters living. The session is coming to a quick end, and I can sincerely say that I will be genuinely sad to say goodbye to each and every Tanis Mariesian. Matt was an eater and ever helpful part of this boat. He’s an anchor master now! Hannah and Frannie are our resident “nurses” now that they’re Emergency First Responders, having made impressively high marks on their exams the other night. Hannah has also perfected the midship backflip! Jacques, our reigning teradactyl champion, ended up being our boat mood lifter with his light hearted humor and stellar dance moves. Francisco, who is so considerate of others and ready to help with things like untangling our anchors or putting dive gear away, is now a professional winch cranker, and we’ll be depending on his skill to help us win the big race. Julia, baking and sailing maestra, led mini boat workouts on the bow this session in between conquering her mask removal skills and developing a passage plan for the advanced sailing course. Cole, twin to a Tanis Marie shipmate from last session, became more and more independent as the trip progressed with his chef and salt water washing duties. Nicole has been such an asset to this vessel with her perennial optimism and ability to bring everyone together- she can make me laugh about anything and everything. Ben, the relaxed diver, is up for anything and makes it fun for everyone with his enthusiasm for things as seemingly trivial as regulator recovery and clearing skills. And then Bobby, the sailing and diving whiz, has been such a pleasure to have as a student, free diving buddy, and conversationalist with his interest and eagerness to learn. Everyone has played an integral part in making this a great session and a grand finale to my summer at ActionQuest. July 31 will be a sad day.
Oh No Last Full Day
Today we woke up and started to clean up our boat! Every room tried to be sparkling clean! After cleaning the rooms we got prepared for our biggest race against all the other 8 boats. While we were racing a squall came, so we couldn’t continue to sail. As a result, we headed back to West End and continued to clean. We are all sad to leave, but happy because we had a great time!
Posted: Sun, Jul 29, 2012
Rhone Wreck Dive
Today was quite interesting. Not only did we get to do our first open water dive as certified divers, but we also had the opportunity to become certified sailors. We started off with an early 6:15 wake up and cereal with cold milk. After the cereal we set sail. We made our way over to Salt Island for possibly the best dive of the trip. We set up our gear and jumped on in. Not only was this the coolest dive for us Vegas, it was also the deepest at 60 ft. We saw all sorts of fish, from puffer fish to lion fish. While the Vegas were diving the Questers had the opportunity to go turtle tagging. I don’t know much about turtle tagging but they came back all smiles so I guess they had fun. After the turtle tagging and diving we had to take the dreaded sailing test. As Kat is handing them out everyone is still trying to cram all the sailing info into their heads. We hope we passed, all of our hopes are high. After this we went sailing over to where we began our trip.
Posted: Sat, Jul 28, 2012
Today we had a lazy morning waking up at 7 and then we went wakeboarding, waterskiing, and kneeboarding. After our great morning we sailed to Road Town. We spent a long time in Road Town and had the opportunity to eat lunch, buy food, and roam around the biggest town in the BVI. After a few hours in Road Town, we sailed back to Great Harbor, where we spent the night yesterday. Tonight for dinner Liz made us wonderful buffet style quesadillas all by herself. The meal was fabulous and one of the best meals we have had. Tonight we have time to go to other boats and visit our friends. Everyone is looking forward to tonight, and we are all having so much fun!
Posted: Fri, Jul 27, 2012
Everyone woke up early for race day. Eight boats lined up and were excited for our first race. Our boat had a great start and moved ahead of four of the other boats. The race was very close until the end. Three boats went head to head near the finish line. We ended up winning the race. Everyone was stoked about the win. We raced to West End and had a great lunch. We all had fun with the other ActionQuest boats. In the afternoon we had a second race. This race was much longer and fun. We started out great and tacked back and forth til the finish. We were overtaken by two boats but took third place. We were still pleased with our performance. After our second race we had a great dinner, it was Mexican night. We ate great tacos which were made by Francisco and Jacques. Today was a lot of fun!