Location: The Bight, Norman Island
The Blue Tide crew woke up to a sunny morning in the harbor of Peter Island and had a quick breakfast of cereal and fruit before motoring to the Road Town docks to refill our fresh water tanks. It was a bit of a challenge to get there due to a heavy rain, but I enjoyed my first time at the helm in a storm! After that it was straight to Salt Island. During the passage the crew took their written exam for sailing and all passed! Our group hiked to the top of the island to see the breathtaking view of the waves crashing against the cliffs. We were told the story of the RMS Rhone before having the extraordinary experience of diving the wreck. In my opinion this was the most exhilarating dive yet. Our group saw lots of gorgeous colorful fish, along with a shark and a ray! After disassembling our gear we all headed back to Blue Tide for ramen noodles in the beautiful bay of Salt Island. To conclude our day of travel we motored to Norman Island. The whole crew enjoyed a swim and our last ocean showers, which will be missed by all, and had some time to listen to music and relax after a busy day. Sydney and Jonathan made a fabulous dinner of cheesy pasta and salad. We enjoyed our food during a lovely sunset and cleanup is starting right now. We’ve all learned how to sail in the beautiful setting of the Caribbean Sea and scuba dive in coral reefs by shipwrecks and it’s been fantastic. While there have been challenges, like never being more than 50 feet away from your shipmates or performing man overboard drills for hats, it’s been one of the most awesome experiences of our lives. I’ll treasure the memories and friendships I’ve made, along with the nautical and emotional skills I’ve developed during my time on Blue Tide.