BVI: Session 3 - Laurasia
Posted: Thu, Aug 15, 2013
Staff Update Day 16
Location: West End, Tortola
Welcome back everyone; this is dive instructor Tucker on board, and I just wanted to start off by saying that I can’t believe how fast these past 17 days have gone by. There are few words that express how proud I am of everything these shipmates have been able to achieve over the past two and a half weeks. From my side of the program, the diving has been completed and we have a handful of newly certified divers. During the last update we told about how everyone on board passed his or her dive exams. At this point we have five brand new certified open water divers. The five of them (Max A., Max W., Ryan, Wyatt, and Marti) have completed their open water courses, which consisted of multiple quizzes and training dive as well as an exam and 4 open water dives, in which they were required to show skills they had learned on their training dives. It’s my pleasure to say the improvement I have seen in all 5 of these individuals over the past 17 days is unbelievable. Whether it was their buoyancy, their breathing, or anything in-between, the progress I have seen from these 5 has shown their desire to learn and excel at new tasks they put their minds too. I can’t wait to hear about future endeavors they dive into (no pun intended) Now I’ll pass the blog over to our skipper Mitch to talk a little about the sailing that has happened over the past two and a half weeks. Hello everyone! As Tucker said it, we are incredibly impressed with the progress our shipmates have made. Our jobs are to teach tangible skills, but our students understand the intangible aspects of sailing and diving as well. When sailing, I can see that there is an understanding of the ocean, the waves, the wind and their relation to Laurasia. Ryan, Max A., Adaline, Julia and Max W. have all passed their International Yacht Training exams. This is the highest ratio of shipmates I’ve ever passed for this Basic Crew Certificate. Marti, Leandra and Wyatt will come home with their ActionQuest certificates. We’ve finished up sailing and have tossed the lines to the dock for the last time, it’s only a few hours until our new friends and mentors head home to you, happy for long showers and big, soft beds- luxuries seldom afforded aboard a sailing vessel. It is hard to believe that our voyage together aboard the lovely Laurasia is coming to an end. These 17 days have flown by! We have seen some beautiful places around the British Virgin Islands. We have had incredible adventures in diving, sailing, hiking, water skiing, and general life on a sailboat. We have had some tough times, but we have also had many moments filled with laughter, friendship, and personal growth. I am sad to see my new shipmates and friends leave so soon, but I am exited to see where these incredible young people take their lives. This trip would not have been the same without each one of them. Thank you Julia, Marti, Ryan, Wyatt, Adi, Max. A., Lali, and Max W. for this great adventure!
Posted: Wed, Aug 14, 2013
Day 15- Road Town
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Early this morning we awoke to a breakfast of french toast. In the meantime, several shipmates went waterskiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding. After cleanup we sailed to Road Town, the capital of the BVI. It was hot. Three smoothies, a filling lunch, and a quick grocery run later, we were back underway. Shortly after our arrival at Norman Island the staff had a meeting, and the shipmates were left to cook dinner. After dinner, a hardcore cleaning session was followed by a Lifeworks Forum.
Posted: Tue, Aug 13, 2013
Day 14-Hiking and Diving
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Diving today was awesome. We dove the stern of the Rhone, a mailing ship that sank in 1867. Then everybody had a race from Salt Island. Salt Island gives the Queen one small bag of their best salt every year. Oh and did I mention that we ate breakfast while racing. Hiking was a lot of fun. Having found a conch shell I carried it all through the hike, only finding out that I can’t take it out of the BVI. All in all it was a fun day.
Posted: Mon, Aug 12, 2013
Day 13- Racing Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we had a fun filled day. This morning we had yummy pancakes for breakfast. The skipper today (which was me) had to go to a staff meeting to discuss the race. We raced all five monohulls from Sandy Spit to West End. The boat Changes won first, Prosecutor was second, Tanis Marie was third, Laurasia was fourth, and Spindrift was last. Once we were in West End we got to be on land for about three hours. After our time on land we had another boat race from West End to Peter Island. Our boat had some technical difficulties with our mainsail, and then we were so far behind that we had to use the motor. When we arrived to Peter Island we showered and had dinner. For dinner we had Mexican night, which was the bomb.com. After dinner we had a Lifeworks talk.