BVI: Session 1 - Laurasia

Posted: Sun, Jul 8, 2012

Last Day

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Will P.
Today was our last day. When I woke up I felt excited and sad. Excited to see my parents and for the race. I went to Mike’s boat for a skipper’s meeting and ended up 5 on the starting line. The race was good but not great because we ended up third out of six boats. After the race cleaning started and packing and we got everything off the boat and sorted. It was the hardest thing we did but now the boat is clean. Tonight we have an awesome BBQ. Can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun.

Staff Update Day 20

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Julie
As our voyage comes full circle and we are back on the dock at West End, it’s incredible to look at our boat full of people that started this trip as strangers and ended as a cohesive crew of sailors. The past ten days were filled with a hike to Mt. Sage, the highest point in the Virgin Islands, an awesome dive on the wreck of the Rhone, some open water diver certifications, and a sand castle competition that, sadly, was not won by our rendition of a “cube” as modern art. Jackson, Will, Eduardo, and Kevin, all open water students of mine, have become wonderful divers. They are all extremely comfortable under water, which they proved to me in our final dive together, by means of an underwater dance competition. Josh, still our resident Knot King (now with several different colors of lashing line after our trip to Road Town), has also become quite the helmsman. Guillaume has additionally been working on the helm, and skippered the boat during our first race this session against the other 5 monohulls. Ben, Christian, and Harrison are doing fabulously as open water divers, as their dive instructor Tor tells me. They still remain my go-to boys on board if I need a hand with anything. Having overcome the turbulence accompanying any group of 12 strangers thrown onto a 50 foot boat together, Laurasia has finished this journey closer than ever. I can’t stress how proud I am of each and every one of these shipmates. Though Liam, Tucker, and I are so sad to see them go, I hope everyone reading this is excited to hear all the regaling stories of their adventures these past three weeks.

Posted: Sat, Jul 7, 2012

First Wreck Dive

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Eduardo C.
Today we went on our very first fun dive, and for the first fun dive we went to a shipwreck called wreck of the Rhone. It is an old royal mail ship which sunk and it is at a depth of 40 ft. We went down and it was covered with fish and they were all different colors and it was an underwater paradise.

Posted: Fri, Jul 6, 2012

Drag Race

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Josh G.
Today we woke up to “Here Comes The Sun” for the 17th day in a row. We started the day with pancakes, then headed over to Road Town. Once we got to Road Town we had a great lunch, followed by getting lashing line. We then headed back to where we were the past night. On the way back we had a drag race. We came in first place. We then settled back for a nice dinner. With less than 72 hours left in the trip, we try to make it as long as possible.

Posted: Thu, Jul 5, 2012

Race Day

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Guillaume A.
Aujord’hui nous avons naviguevers le port du jour 1. Ily eu une reunion de scypper pour enu course. Durante 3 heures nous avon utilise que les voices et nous voila arriver second apres le Tanis Marie. Nous avons aussi passe l’examen devoille. Pemai hous allon faire de la marche.

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