BVI: Session 3 - Sambamba

Posted: Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Twelve Is A Lucky Number

Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Author: Emmi N.
And it’s another day of sun! More or less. Tropical rains are a thing, after all. But anyway, today was fun. After eggs and muffins, we began our voyage to Sandy Spit. On the way, we had practical exams. Everyone handled the task with perfect aplomb, even when Gabe’s water bottle fell overboard and there was a mad dash to positions as we tried to execute the man overboard maneuver for a red speck back in the ocean. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get our boat hook around the bottle in time, but hey, at least someone will find a water bottle with some very nice lemonade in it. After we finished our exam using a fender for the man overboard procedure, of course, we tied some knots. We sailed to Sandy Spit and dropped anchor. It’s beautiful, the water is so blue and we even saw a double rainbow. The island is so tiny, not more than a few miles across. But seeing our friends from other boats was loads of fun, and the beach was pretty perfect. Now there’s probably a lot more I could say, but I’m running out of space and time. If I keep going I’ll miss the barbecue, so bye, best wishes from Sambamba! date: Aug 10, 2017

Posted: Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Splashy Wakeboarding

Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Author: Luna M.
This morning started off with some crazy breakfast of cereal and Mr. Collins. After the dishes were done by our motivated dishie team, George had lots of fun showing and explaining the ship’s systems to us. We were excited to expand our sail knowledge. This first part of our rotation day was followed by some splashy wakeboarding. Today’s highlight was the deep dive, the last dive between us and our advanced open water certification. Down at 70 feet, we had a great time cracking open and playing with a raw egg and looking at colors which had changed in this depth. Back at our home vessel, Shannon was waiting for us with a delicious soup. Everyone was really looking forward to our next activity. With Shannon’s help, we tied pretty bracelets called Turk’s Heads. This will be a part of us for the next time and lets us remember what a great time we all had in this wonderful place with some incredible people. date: Aug 9, 2017

Posted: Wed, Aug 9, 2017

Day 10

Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Author: Jared M.
After almost 24 hours of solid rainfall, we woke up and the staff left us for a meeting. We made pancakes and chilled. The staff came back and we left to sail over to Muskmelon Bay. When we were sailing our boat did a man overboard drill by throwing a fender over and sailing away. We went and picked up the fender. We anchored and set up a boom swing. The boat whose fender we stole came over and went on the boom swing with us. Today was a pretty fun day. date: Aug 8, 2017

Posted: Tue, Aug 8, 2017

Chimney Diving

Location: Marina Cay
Author: Carolina S.
Today I woke up as our boat was motoring to The Chimneys- our dive site for the day. As the shipmates ate a breakfast of cereal I helmed the ship over to attach to a mooring ball. When we were safely attached we dinghied over to a boat to scuba. We quickly set up our dive gear and jumped in. The dive was so beautiful. We dove in between walls of coral and a plethora of colorful fish, it was an unforgettable dive experience. After our dive, we did some boat appreciation, which for me meant cleaning the bathroom. But I didn’t mind showing love to the boat I’ve called home for 9 days. As soon as we got done cleaning the boat, the rain started… as we motored over to get shore time what seemed like the entire sky fell on all of our shoulders. We laughed and tried to stay as dry as possible. This shore ended up being my favorite as the wifi was good enough to call my parents and friends. Getting back to the boat, it was still raining, so we went inside to have a movie night. The staff went out of their way to help us have a good time, even making us cups of tea. Dinner plans were changed to a quick bowl of yummy chili on deck. Even though it rained for half of the day, today was still a fun and new adventure. date:Aug 7, 2017

Posted: Mon, Aug 7, 2017

Wreck Dive

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Pharaoh T.
This morning we woke up super early for two dives, one dive was an awesome wreck dive, the second dive was at a reef where we did our fish ID to get our advanced open water certification and fish ID specialty. The wreck dive had lots of swim throughs and a Kraken sculpture on the bow of the ship which looked really cool and we swam through it. The second dive we saw an almost foot long hermit crab and lots of cool coral. After the dives, we did wakeboarding, small boat sailing (Picos) and then ended the day.

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