Location: West End, Tortola

The days have passed unbelievably fast. In some ways, it feels as though the trip has gone by in the blink of an eye, but then when I think back to those first few days onboard, I’m amazed by how far we have come. Over the course of the past weeks, the crew of Spindrift has come together as a diving and sailing family – one that wouldn’t be complete if any face was missing. Over the past ten days, the Neptune’s have finished their night diver and wreck diver specialties certifications and honed their dive skills further still. Balin still remains vigilant and observant on dives, always on the lookout for new fish. Kieran has stepped up as a legendary dive buddy, always taking care of his group underwater. Reece is always the first one to jump up to help anchor or moor and always does so with a smile. Eunice and Robbie have been bringing their GoPros on almost every dive, recording some great footage of our dive sites. Emma and Alexa are solid divers beneath the surface and are always looking to lend a hand on the surface – especially when crazy amounts of quesadillas need flipping. Yumiko holds her own underwater, with stellar buoyancy control – she uses almost as little air as her instructors! Bret has conquered not only his Neptune’s certifications but also cards night – his shouts of excitement (and victory!) can be heard whenever he cleans up at spoons or pig. Our Dolphins recently finished their research projects, papers, and presentations about the aggressive behavior of damselfish and how that behavior varies when a fish is approached by different colored objects. On the surface, our Dolphin’s always bringing the fun to shower time, which they splash around and think up games to play off the back of the boat. (Reily is unbelievable at King of the Hill.) Jen and Adrienne have taken a turn in the galley together, whipping us up a fabulous breakfast for dinner. Alissa, on the other hand, is on a quest to master dinghy entrances and exits, learning both when to commit fully and how no to “overcommit.” Overall it has been a wonderful three weeks aboard Spindrift II. I have enjoyed getting to know each and every member of our crew as we have come together to form a whole that’s greater than the sum of our parts. Parents, thank you for giving us the opportunity to sail and dive with these 13 incredible individuals. They will all be missed!