BVI: Session 1 - Grand Cru

Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2011

Sail Fast

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Daniel C.
Last real day of the trip! So sad yet so happy. I know as soon as I get home I am going to want to dive. Early dive this morning. Cleaned all day and the end of the trip BBQ is tonight. I’m going to miss everyone on this trip. I hope our staff have an awesome next two sessions on the Grand Cru! We just finished our squeeze and got our friend cards back. It is exciting to see what people have been saying about me.

Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2011

Anchors Away!

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Paige P.
We awoke this morning around 7:30 some people were more easily awake than others, and got cereal for breakfast. We realized our freshie bucket and bleach went overboard in the storm. So Justin, Annie and I hopped in the dinghy and went over to Panasea to borrow some of their bleach. We waited for the weather to clear up a little then we sailed to Roadtown. At Roadtown we all went to lunch and stopped by Craig’s boat to wish him happy birthday. Once we were back on our boat we sailed back to GHP to dive the Rhone’s anchor. The Dolphins worked on their projects before the dive and the Neptunes went on down. The rescues stayed back and studied for their exam. The Dolphins and Neptunes saw the anchor then we all split up after some fun and games and headed out to see the reef. We all surfaced and the Dolphins started preparing for our presentations. After dinner the Rescues went to Sam’s boat for their exams and the Neptunes had a quiz then played some games. The Dolphins went to Odyssea to present our research projects that were all amazing.

Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2011

The White Squal

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Andrew H.
We left our anchor at 7:30 in the morning to sail to West End which is where we started at the beginning. We stopped to refill water on our boat. All the shipmates went to shore, I had some delicious bacon on shore and got some snacks. After we left West End we encountered some high seas. The wind speed was 35 knots. Even though we had to reef the main sail down to the second reef, and still managed to beat our fellow dive side boats to GHP (Great Harbour Peter Island). We dove the Fearless before entering the bay, the Fearless is a deed shipwreck. When we were coming into the bay a 35 knot squal hit. It took us a while to get anchored. Now we are sitting in the bay.

Posted: Thu, Jun 30, 2011

Â…One Giant Leap for Mankind

Location: Sandy Spit
Author: Jake K.
This morning we woke up in Little Harbor to a delicious breakfast of pancakes courtesy of Paige and Brittany. Then we set sail early on for one of our best dive sites yet, the Playgrounds. Dolphins did a research dive, moving that much closer to their final projects’ completion. Rescue worked on emergency oxygen. And Neptune did an incredible fun dive. We cruised along for the first bit and then came to a rocky patch. We dropped our fins and Greg taught us how to moon jump. We take off our fins, deflate our BC’s and grab massive rocks. Then we jump around and it feels like we’re on the moon. It was so cool. After that we swam through a small cave and saw our prize: two spotted eagle rays. We chased them for a few minutes and then returned to the boat. Paige and Brittany cooked up some Ramen for lunch. And then the afternoon began. Neptune went to an equipment lecture where we learned about our regs and we also officially earned our equipment diver specialty cards. The Dolphins did a second research dive, once again at the Playgrounds. Zach, David, and I went to the beach at Sandy Spit. Then we all headed back to the Cru for hanging out before dinner. Our chefs did a brilliant job on our dinner of franks and beans and now we’re waiting to go to a lifeworks forum. All in, today was another sunny, beautiful day in paradise.

Posted: Wed, Jun 29, 2011

Sydney’s Peace and Love

Location: Little Harbor, Jost van Dyke
Author: Justin D.
This morning we woke up bright and early to begin the oh-so-joyous hike up Mount Sage. After a breakfast of cereal that was very tasty we headed down to the dock. After quickly going over the rules we began the 3 miles hike up Mount Sage. The “Grand Cru-ers” averaged a very respectable 2-2.8 miles per hour and remained at the front of the pack. Some of our crew members even made up in under an hour! After the hike was over we ate in Cane Garden Bay at multiple restaurants across the beach. We finished eating so much food that we almost ended up feeling sick. Then we pulled up our hooks (which I did with some help from Matty) and started sailing to Sandy Cay. When we made it to Sandy Cay we started the sand castle building contest. We decided to make an actual sand castle. It was pretty cool and had a moat. Then we motored over to Sydney’s Peace and Love (arriving first of course) then dropped hooks and got ready to go to a BBQ.

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