Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
We were awakened after a long night early for breakfast and a 7:30 dock talk with Mike, the ActionQuest head man. We were “headucated” and discussed hygiene and safety. An hour or so later, we cast off for the day. As we cast off and made our way out of the docks of Tortola, I drove the boat, and for quite a while at that. Day 2 had finally begun. Lunchtime was nearing after a rather uneventful morning of motoring and sailing. We reached Peter Island for a quick swim test that turned out not to be all that quick. The test consisted of four laps around the boat and treading water for ten minutes. Afterward, we had a sandwich lunch and motored while Mitch, our skipper and sail instructor, instructed us to raise the main, unfurl the jib, etc. In the middle of his speech, a sea turtle passed, casually craning its neck for a breath of air, and we got to talking about the voyage Quest and the Lifeworks program, and how they jump in the water to catch sea turtles to tag them for research. We tacked twice and made our way into Savannah Bay, our final anchorage of the day. As we anchored, Tucker, our scuba instructor, explained to us how to set up our scuba equipment. After each of us had a trial run, we showered. This is basically jumping off the boat, applying body wash and shampoo, and jumping off the boat again. Later, we had fresh water to rinse off the salt water. For dinner, we had Sloppy Joe’s or vegetarian chili, corn, and mashed potatoes. Mike joined us, and right before he left, we played a game to share about ourselves using postcard pictures.