Location: West End, Tortola
As the sun sets on our last evening together, we are proud of what our shipmates have achieved over the last three weeks. After initially setting sail, the group began bonding over games of Mafia/ werewolf led by Alex and his “presenter voice.” Entertainment was continually provided throughout the trip with Levi performing jumps on the trampoline and offering unique music to normal situations. After many group renditions of Bohemian Rhapsody, singing became a common practice with all accounts of Disney songs and Sofia’s special training session of Don’t Stop Believing, which had the whole boat in fits of giggles. By now many boundaries had been broken, and Josh revealed his special talent for changing voice, tone, pitch, and frequency to the delight of the shipmates. It was clear how close the shipmates had grown when part way through the trip, a team effort made Darius’ 14th birthday unforgettable with morning wake up and singing and secretive red velvet cake baking. Around and about the boat, Isabelle could be counted on for the organization of cooking and cleanup, with her in charge; the job got done! Molly would often be found in the powerhouse stimulating the day with typical conversations and kindness.
Seamanship improved throughout the session with the staff being able to let the shipmates take charge of the boat. Max improved his cleat knots and was always longlining the dinghies by the end of the trip. George grasped anchoring so well that he began to train everyone else. The whole boat could be relied upon for mooring and creating human chains when moving tanks and gear to and from the dinghies for shuttling. With the organization and boat awareness of Alina, loading the dinghies became hassle-free.
The whole boat improved their diving skills on many underwater adventures. Charlotte got over her great fear of night diving with amazing speed and ended up loving it. Sarah became an insatiable navigator underwater and assisted her dancing partner Clark who turned into the main underwater guides and safety supervisors among the shipmates. Our Neptunes became advanced divers while the Dolphins conducted and wrote up a truly impressive and important research project. We couldn’t have asked for a friendlier or more engaged group of individuals and just wish we had longer to spend time together. Until next time… best fishes!!