BVI: Session 3 - Laurasia

Posted: Fri, Aug 17, 2012

Racing, Food Fights, And More

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Charlotte S.
Today we had our second race we won again! Laurasia is the reigning champion! We were windward to start because Tiago won rock paper scissors, giving us the advantage. Spindrift took an early lead but accidentally tacked and got off course, leaving Laurasia in the lead, which we steadily built until we crossed the finish line victorious! To celebrate we had a major food fight using pancakes mix, croutons, tortillas, and bread, which we all had to get rid of anyway. We all jumped in the water to rinse off, then worked together to clean up the mess. Now there is a major cleanup going on. Every nook and cranny of the boat is being cleaned. When we finish, if we are fast enough, we will have time on shore to walk around. At the end of the day a BBQ to conclude the program will be held. It is going to be great fun and I am ecstatic for the day to come.

Staff Update Day 16

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Julie
It’s hard for me to believe that we’ve already come full circle and we’re back on the dock in West End where this whole adventure began. We’ve returned from our time out at sea with some new training and certifications, as well as some new friends. Charlotte and Kiera are now certified open water divers after doing a great job on their last open water dive! My other two open water students, Brock and Tiago, took like fish to the water and had a blast on our last dive on the wreck of the Rhone. Nell and Helena both had a wonderful time hanging out with Lifeworks in the Quest program, and their stories of trying to catch turtles in Anegada are fantastic. Nell has also become our resident knot queen and has been teaching new knots to the rest of the boat. Jake’s advanced group of Barracudas (Leo, Alonso, Jakob, and Teddy) are leaving this trip with not only advanced open water certifications, but their night diver, boat diver, and underwater naturalist specialties as well. The whole “red team” of Barracudas all became fine sailors as well. Kiera, Eliza, and Jake all celebrated very special birthdays down here, and we’re wishing them all a wonderful year. Beyond all the certifications and training acquired on this trip, every student on board Laurasia is leaving with a boat full of new friends. To Nell, Helena, Charlotte, Leo, Teddy, Jakob, Eliza, Alonso, Brock, Tiago, and Kiera: Liam, Jake, and I are so proud of you all! We would love to dive and sail with you any day. Hope to see you all next year!

Posted: Thu, Aug 16, 2012

Last Night On The Water

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Kiera T.
Today all started with delicious pancakes! They were superb! Then we got into the water for a fun day of skiing, wakeboarding, or kneeboarding. After we unfurled the sails, hoisted the anchors, and set off to Road Town. It was a big day at port. We are now anchored in the Bight. During shower time a giant barracuda appeared. Soon after we had a delicious meal of rice and beans with hot dogs on the side. We won the first race day! It was really fun! Happy birthday Julie and James!

Posted: Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Day 14

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Alonso A.
Today was a great day. I went diving on the wreck of the Rhone, which was an old British ship which sank in 1867, and at the time it was deemed unsinkable, due to it being one of the largest boats of its kind constructed. After our dive we took a hike on Salt Island, which is a private island given to the people who lived there by the Queen, as long as they pay a bag of salt each year, a tradition which is still occurring. We had a sailing race and and being on the wheel felt good as we won. After that we played cards, showered, and then ate. Now Barracudas are going on a night dive and that’s all for today… oh and we might watch Finding Nemo.

Posted: Tue, Aug 14, 2012

Fun, Fun, Fun, Fun….

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Charlotte S.
Today we woke up early to a space jam. At 6:30 the song space jam begun to play very loudly to wake us up. It was awesome! Once everyone was awake (which didn’t take long) we ate and started to sail. We finished our practical sailing test. We all tied knots we have learned over the course of the trip and people who hadn’t done the sailing part took turns driving the boat. We jibed and tacked all the way to the port we started at, West End. We ended up staying there for a while. During my time there I bought gifts for everyone in my family, used a flush toilet, had fish and chips, talked with the locals for at least 30 minutes, hung out with Laurasia, checked in with my parents, and just had fun in general in the gorgeous Caribbean. When we got back to the boat dominoes and Egyptian Ratscrew, a great card game, were played until we got on our PFDs, otherwise known as pfdizzles or personal flotation devices. I don’t know what happened on deck during our sail though because I was below deck reading. We are now in a place called Great Harbor, Peter Island. It is gorgeous! More beautiful Caribbean blue water and great fish. Barracudas have a night dive tonight. We are about to go to a Lifeworks meeting, learning a lot.

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