BVI: Session 1 - Odyssea

Posted: Sun, Jul 3, 2011

Penetrating a Wreck

Location: Bight, Norman Island
Author: Caroline S.
So today started out with eating some delicious pancakes made by our awesome cooks! We then sailed to Cooper Island to dive the Inganess, which we penetrated for the first time. It was pretty cool! We had a delicious meal tonight. It was macaroni and cheese and cheesy biscuits. Yum! It’s so sad there is only one day left here. It’s gone by so fast just like Dr. Seuss says, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2011

Port and Wakeboarding

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Sky L.
After a stormy night we found the whole crew waking up on the floor inside instead of under the beautiful BVI star littered sky. We had a full day of diving planned and we were supposed to dive a few wrecks in Wreck Alley due to the weather we sailed to port and stayed at Roadtown for 2 hours where we waltzed around and found a Chinese place that the locals recommended. After leaving port we went to a cool little cove called GHP (Great Harbor, Peter). Me and Marti went on a little dive by ourselves and found 2 towels and a shirt that blew off the line the night before. We also played a cool game of moon bounce: fins off holding big rocks. After Rikki and Marissa made my hair look absolutely wild. After that we went wakeboarding off our dinghy Phantom. We got absolutely destroyed by waves that were way too big. After showers and dinner the Neptunes had to take a test. Our whole boat passed so that’s good. The Dolphins had to give some presentations on research that they worked crazy hard on. Everyone went to bed outside on the trampoline and hammocks but we had a slight problem: it rained. So we all crowded in the galley for the night. Almost being done here makes me want to cry.

Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2011

Fender Wars and Raging Winds

Location: GHP (Great Harbour Peter)
Author: Elle M.
Any day on Action Quest is always a quest packed with action. For 17 days in on the Odyssea and although I am the new shipmate it will never cease to amaze me how 13 wildly different teenagers have joined together on this one boat. Every individual here brings his or her own spark of life to the boat that makes this adventure so incredible. Today was defiantly a more wild ride than most days. I woke up today to the sunrise and the wind just like every day. At 7:45 after breakfast we sailed to port to use our phones, spend some money, eat a sandwich, and walk off sea legs for a hour and a half. After getting back on the boat we decided to take the fenders and have a dual match on the trampoline while standing on a wind surfing board. The first person knocked off loses. Sky and Martin are really into it and sky took the win for that match up. Matt wanted to see Marissa and I face off. The round ended pretty quickly when Marissa’s glasses fell off. We had the craziest sail to GHP for two hours. The winds were ripping and we all lined up on the front of the tramp getting nailed by the waves. Being the skipper it was hilarious watching everyone get soaked by the waves. We split up into dolphins and Neptunes, and the dolphins did their research dive while the Neptunes dove a wreck. We ended the day with a Mexican feast in the pouring rain.

Posted: Thu, Jun 30, 2011

Speedo Jam

Location: Sandy Spit
Author: Martin Y.
Today was Speedo Jam! We dove twice at a dive spot named the playgrounds where we played with some turtles and a spotted eagle ray. During my second dive a imitated being an astronaut, as I bounced around the ocean floor running with a heavy weight. It is impossible to believe that we are nearing the end of our voyage. While it feels that we have been in the BVI sailing with the people we now know so well forever, it also seems like the last sixteen days have been no time at all. In a few years time i will probably have forgotten the specifics of today, but i will defiantly remember the calm i felt on those beautiful dives.

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