Location: Sommer's Beach, Tortola
Our eyes fluttered open with the soft churn of the engine at precisely 7 am. Mere minutes later the crew of Mambo No. Five was devouring our morning porridge and Gatorade. As the breakfast clean up commenced our skipper, Blair, informed us that we would be diving the coveted Chikuzen later that day. Excitement emanated from every corner, nook, and cranny of the boat. The Chikuzen is thought of as one of the most amazing dive sites in the B.V.I.’s because of its huge rays and grouper. The clean up was conducted with such enthusiasm that someone would have thought we wanted to do it. The 2.5-hour sail into the middle of the ocean flew by, and soon huge swells were bashing the boat. On the dive, we saw two huge eagle rays and a few massive fish. The wreck of the 247-foot Korean refrigeration vessel was something we will all remember. Throughout the entire sail back to Sommer’s Beach, we couldn’t talk about anything but the dive we had just finished. Before we knew it, we anchored for the night and preparing for some fun at the beach with the rest of the fleet. We were all ecstatic about the prospect of housing a delicious burger freshly grilled on the beach. By this time the numerous peanut butter and jelly sandwiches we had consumed at lunch were disappearing from our tummies. The burgers were unreal with our bellies filled from them. To all the parents reading this blog, the motto of the day was kept calm and sail on; and so we did. We are all applying copious amounts of sunscreen so don’t worry.