BVI: Session 3 - Luna Kahuna

Posted: Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Staff Update!

Location: Matt, Lucy, and Sarah
Author: West End, Tortola
It is the end of the summer and we Staff on Luna Kahuna are sad to say goodbye to a very special group of shipmates who have bonded incredibly since day 1. All from the onset, our shipmates were mature, fun and returning students made those new to AQ welcome to our family. We were saddened to see Max, who helped head up this atmosphere, leave at the beginning of the trip due to a leg injury. It was so hard to see him go but against the odds, we overcame and grew to become a close-knit team.

Everyone got involved in raising sails but a few shone throughout their trip in their seamanship. Alex quickly mastered anchoring and helped teach people how to do it, he was already a helping hand. Jimmy was undoubtedly the champion of dinghy long and short lining. He was the dad of the boat and fully reliable, as was Troy, who could always be counted on to help out and was so conscientious that he became a fourth staff member. Rocco helped on final race day at the helm and won with the help of Milin and Alex. Milin can only be described as everyone’s favorite brother.

Sofia was totally reliable and always knew what was going on and could help pull our family together. Kay was unquestionably helpful, with her chilled demeanor nothing would faze her from raising sails and taking out the trash. Tara was a natural leader in dinner conversations and the spokeswoman for the Dolphins’ amazing science project.

Entertainment, fun, and joy filled the boat every day with many singalong sessions and dance-offs, we partied our way through the storm. Claire was an absolute diva, always involved in fun times. Cate was out boat energy supply, providing constant enthusiasm and entertainment. Sam never stopped laughing. Eirann, on the other hand, was always smiling and her obvious happiness was infectious.

We can’t believe it is already the end of a great session and wish all of the very best to a special group of shipmates.

Best Fishes from Matt, Sarah, and Lucy of Luna Kahuna

Posted: Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Last Day at Sea

Location: Rocco C.
Author: West End, Tortola
Today we woke up to a breakfast of oatmeal and cereal. Next we started our boat cleanup, where we organized everything and scrubbed the boat to be as clean as the day we walked on. Finally we ate at the barbecue on the dock for dinner.

Editor’s Note: Luna Kahuna also went on their last scuba dive at the Indians, just outside of The Bight, Norman Island!

Posted: Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Dive Side Sail Race Day!

Location: Caterina C.
Author: The Bight, Norman Island
Today we woke up around 7 AM and started sailing to Road Town. We had yummy pancakes for breakfast. Once we arrived at Road Town we all walked around the town. We went to stores and got stuff like sweaters, shirts, and other stuff. We also had an amazing lunch at a restaurant. Once we left we started our race. We raised our sails and started racing against the other boats in dive side. After a short two hours, we reached the finish line, and we won because we are the best. We are staying the night at The Bight. Yay!

Posted: Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Cooper Island

Location: Samuel W.
Author: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we all woke up with smiles on our faces and made our way to Cooper Island to dive wreck alley. We had our plates full of delicious cinnamon french toast for breakfast with syrup on the side. After a short hour of sailing, we arrived at Cooper Island and got on a mooring ball. Firstly, we had our dive briefing and set up our dive gear so that we could hop in the glistening ocean. Even though there were a few swells and mats of sargassum we made it to the bow where we descended. We raised our low-pressure inflators over our heads and made our descent down the mooring line. While diving the wreck, we saw a huge tarpon on the bottom and a fireworm on the mast of the ship. After viewing the wreck, we moved to the reef section of the dive site. We saw a queen triggerfish, a southern stingray, schoolmaster, and a white spotted filefish. We then ascended along the mooring line and made our three-minute safety stop. We disassembled our gear when we got back on the boat and we all ate chicken salad sandwiches for lunch. Once again after lunch, we went diving on the wreck and saw a bunch of dog snappers, Peterson cleaner shrimps, and another southern stingray. We made our way back to our boat and then set sail to Great Harbor, Peter Island. On the way, we all studied for our upcoming tests and presentations that would take place tonight. As soon as we arrived, we had a delicious breakfast for dinner made by our chef Alex. Overall, we had a great day with one of the best dives of the trip! Only a couple more days to come!

Posted: Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Sandy Spit Sunrise

Location: Troy S.
Author: Great Harbor, Peter Island
This morning we woke up at 4:45 am to watch a sunrise at Sandy Spit. Everyone was happy we watched and photographed the sunrise. After breakfast, we moved the boat to refuel and reprovision in West End. When we managed to find everyone and get back to the boat, we had a quick lunch and got underway. When we reached GHP, the Neptunes had a fun dive off of the bow of the boat and saw a stingray and some fish, had an underwater race on foot and worked on buoyancy control. The Dolphins conducted a research dive on the wall by diving off of our dinghy, Phantom. Afterwards, we all had a saltwater shower and prepared for dinner. Mike the director of AQ came over for dinner (burritos) and a Lifeworks forum that was designed to get us to reflect on ourselves and the trip. Next, we are going over to Happy Our to chill and review for our Neptune exam while sail side uses our boat for Lifeworks. When we come back, we are looking forward to a good nights sleep and a great rest of the trip!

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