BVI: Session 1 - Laurasia

Posted: Sun, Jul 7, 2013

Staff Update Day 20

Location: West End
Author: Linda and Tucker
Coming closer and closer to the end of the trip, the shipmates seem to enjoy all of the activities more and more. With the very first fun dive on the RMS Rhone, which also happened to be the last dive of the trip, it was evident what an amazing journey all of our shipmates have taken. When Marissa, Ralph, Cameron, and Molly came up from the dive after seeing an eagle ray and a school of squid while diving like pros, I felt proud to have certified them. On Thursday while watching the sun set in Great Harbor, the shipmates shared what their favorite part of the day had been. Sabrina’s favorite moment had been skippering the boat, and with that said it comes as no surprise how well she did on her practical sailing exam. Alex has showed what an excellent leader he is by taking responsibilities on the boat and always being willing to help out. Ryan has day after day proven to be a formidable chef, even when not assigned to the task. Amelia has been crowned the master of pancake making, in spite of numerous challengers to the title. It is also impressive to hear how well Guillaume has done in diving. Tucker and Catie, other instructors, also report that Caleb and Sam have done unbelievably well in the water. After speaking with the rest of the crew, it comes with ease to say how much everyone has grown as divers, sailors, and as young adults. This session has flown by and we really will miss everyone aboard.

Posted: Sat, Jul 6, 2013

Cleaning and Race Day

Location: West End
Author: Amelia P.
Today we woke up and started cleaning. We cleaned a lot. We also had a race from Norman Island to Peter Island. We came in 4th out of the seven boats that raced. Then we headed back to West End where we started. On the way back we cleaned the galley and organized our bags. I didn’t realize how dirty the boat was until I started getting all the sand out from under the floorboards. We docked and since we started cleaning early, we got to go into port instead of cleaning more. Then tonight we will have a dinner with the whole program. I am very sad to leave tomorrow but am excited to see my friends and family.

Posted: Fri, Jul 5, 2013

All Good Things Must Come To An End

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Alex M.
After a whole night with no rain, the crew of Laurasia woke up to Tucker, one of the staff on the boat, ringing an obnoxiously loud bell. Today is the last day the crew will live at sea. Also today was the last dive. The dive this morning was the RMS Rhone. The Rhone was a royal mail ship for Her Majesty in the 1800s. The ship was deemed unsinkable; however, this was proven to be wrong. After a first dive as certified open water divers, the crew was taken to the Prosecutor to take the written part of the sailing certification exam. After returning to their home away from home, and having lunch, the three sail side B boats all went on a hike on Salt Island. After hiking to the top and back, everybody returned to their boats to sail back to where they spent the first night on the water. Also, in preparation for tomorrow, the crew started cleaning the boat in anticipation that they will get more shore time tomorrow. However, in the end, this is the last night that the crew will have on the water. Everybody is sad to leave but also happy to go, because everybody knows that all good things must come to an end.

Posted: Wed, Jul 3, 2013

Race Day

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Ryan D.
Today we woke up and started the day as quick. We ate breakfast and went straight into our first race of all the monohulls. For lunch we stopped in West End right where we first boarded the boats the first day. After we left we went straight into our second race which consisted of upwind sailing and involved a lot of tacks. My favorite part of the day is seeing how far the boat could heel over.

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