BVI: Session 1 - Wicked Good
Posted: Wed, Jun 29, 2011
The Aston Douglas
Parents. Parents. Wicked Good. Go alpha. Our day started early so we could begin our climb up Mt. Sage. The hike up to the highest point in the Virgin Islands took everyone between 2-3 hour and the view was worth every step. After we finished our hikes shipmates were able to call home (I miss the dogs) and have lunch on land. At 2pm we set up out for Sandy Cay, where we had a sand castle building contest with boats as teams. We made a convertible with startling accuracy. They haven’t announced the winner. But it’s probably us. After we went to Sydney’s Peace and Love for a dinner with the entire fleet. The food was great and the music as well. Transmission over. See you soon!
Posted: Tue, Jun 28, 2011
A Productive Day
Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
We woke up this morning with a full salon due to the rain last night. The sky was a grey mass of rolling clouds, forboding more inclement weather. In the morning we assisted Vega shipmates on navigation dives while the advanced divers (myself included) went on a deep dive to 75 feet. During the second rotation the divemasters performed search and rescue drills, which consisted of Doug throwing weights into the water for the DMs to recover. Everyone was very ready for our lunch of Ramen noodles. The rain returned in the afternoon as the DMs continued to dive and the others learned how to make Turk’s Head bracelets and anklets. The sun came out later for a few hours, but vanished again as we sailed into Cane Garden Bay and had peanut pad Thai for dinner. Soon the DMs will have their dive chat. We’re all eagerly anticipating our hike up Mt. Sage tomorrow, along with Sydney’s Peace and Love tomorrow night.
Posted: Mon, Jun 27, 2011
A few of us woke up extra early to do a staff only cave dive, but after not finding the mooring ball we had to go back. After going back the clouds rolled in, but we still managed a dive rotation day because divemasters can handle anything! We did a snorkel also and had an hour and ten minute dive demonstrating our final DM skills. It’s been another great day and it’s going to get better because we’re on our way to a beach BBQ with the whole fleet.
Posted: Sun, Jun 26, 2011
A Day on Dive Side
We woke up at 7am and made french toast, it was delicious! The divemasters separated themselves on dive side and Connor, Andres, Roxy, and Doug were left to run Wicked Good for the day. Sail side dove The Chimneys while dive side dove the Chikuzen, a sunken Korean refridgerator ship. there we saw 12 foot southern stingrays, many spotted eagle rays, barracudas, turtles, black tip reef sharks, giant crabs, and clams among many others. Some of us learned how to fill tanks. Then we all reunited at the boat and had chili for dinner. Tonight the divemasters have another dive chat. We are spending the night in Muskmelon Bay and can’t wait to dive here tomorrow.
Posted: Sat, Jun 25, 2011
Famous Awesome Sandwiches
Location: Marina Cay
Today we woke up at Mountain Point. We had a later start for the first time and didn’t have to wake up until 8! We raised sails on the morning and spent the rest of the morning practicing our sailing skills. The non-divemasters got a lot of time to practice maneuvering the boat. After our morning sail we picked up a mooring at Trellis Bay and spent the afternoon on shore. We ate FAS (Famous Awesome Sandwiches) at Trellis Kitchen and they completely live up to their name. Then many of us stopped by the local market to stock up on candy and Nutella before returning to the boat. We left Trellis Bay around 3 and moved across the way to Marina Cay to fill our fresh water tanks and anchor for the night. The chefs cooked some great tortellini for dinner, the same meal we ate for our first night together. We are now cleaning up and preparing for Lifeworks tonight. It was a great day sailing out on the water and we’re all excited to wake up and do it again tomorrow!