BVI: Session 2 - Portlandia

Posted: Sat, Jul 29, 2017

Portlandia Staff Update Day 21

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Emma, Ashley, and Mike
As these three weeks draw to a close, we can’t believe how fast time has flown by what a whirlwind! We have sailed many miles, seen some breathtaking dive sites, and visited some of the most beautiful islands on earth. Most importantly, we have come together as a group and as a big happy family. We will miss everyone so much! Sophie’s infectious laugh, Colin’s hilarious faces, and Max’s gentle nature Chris’s sense of humor, Nico’s determination, and Pablo’s earnestness Everyone has brought their signature personality to the table, and it has been a beautiful journey. We will miss Hannah’s creativity, Sam’s little acts of kindness, Matteo’s ability to find humor in everything, and Devin’s inquisitive nature. We will miss Nick’s calming presence, and Eleana’s good will and mindfulness. Each and every crew member has made these days some of the best Portlandia has ever seen, and although we must part ways we are all ready to share our tales with loved ones back home. Fair winds and following seas Portlandians! date: Jul 28, 2017

Posted: Thu, Jul 27, 2017

One Last Goodbye

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Sam O.
Today was our last full day together. Today the end emotions arrived. I and our shipmates are filled with sadness, the trip has ended.The day started with a breakfast of oatmeal and cereal. Afterwards myself and Emma left for the skipper’s meeting for the race. The race started in Norman Island, passed through Road Harbor, and ended in Great Harbor of Peter Island. We started the race poorly and our concentration led us to get 8th place (I think). We have now arrived back at West End, finished the cleanup, and are preparing for the BBQ and to spend our last night here at AQ. Date: Jul 27, 2017

Day 19

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Colin R.
When we woke up we kneeboarded and waterskied. After that, we started sailing to Road Town, in which we tried to anchor, but the port authorities told us to move our anchor. When we got to port we split up and headed to different places. It was nice having ice cream with everyone. Then we had to head back to the boat and sailed to Norman Island, which is where we stayed our second night here. There we had a good dinner while the staff had to go to a meeting. It was nice having some time to ourselves, and we are looking forward to the BBQ tomorrow night and seeing all the other boats. Can’t believe it’s almost over! date: Jul 26, 2017

Posted: Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Wreck of the Rhone

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Nick P.
First we started the day off with cereal for breakfast. Then we sailed out of Peter Island to Salt Island, where we dove the Rhone. We arrived and anchored off Salt Island and hung out while we waited for it to be our turn to dive. After about an hour we got called over the radio that we were up. We got ready and hopped in the dinghies to be shuttled over to the Sailing Curls, the dive boat, which was floating around 45 feet above the stern half of the Rhone. This was our first dive as certified open water divers. After arriving to Sailing Curls I geared up and jumped into the water. I glanced underwater and could already see the wreck. We descended down to the Rhone and dove up, down, and around the wreck for around 35-40 minutes, in which we saw amazing coral, fish, and a ton of other sea life living in and around it. Also during the dive, we got to swim through a break in the boat in which many sea creatures lived in. After exploring the whole wreck we ascended. Diving the Rhone was definitely one of the coolest things I have experienced. We then drove back to our boat and had ramen for lunch. After we took the sailing exam that we have been prepping, studying, and getting ready for most of the trip. We all finished the exam and went to Salt Island for a small hike to the top of the island. It was a great time and the views were incredible. We finished off the day with the news that we had all passed the written sailing exam and had breakfast for dinner. date: Jul 25, 2017

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