Exploring the Baths, Diving the Rhone, and SC Olympics!

Posted Sunday, June 19th, 2011 at 9:40 am

Day 11

We dedocked from VGYH very early this morning to head for the Baths. We had a short motor, eating breakfast along the way. Then we jumped in our dinghies and went ashore to explore. Everyone enjoyed a hike over to Devils Bay then continued with a snorkle back to the start. We saw some sergeant majors, blue parrot fish, a southern sting ray and much more. Afterwards, we played some beach games ashore, like minefield, and then it was back to boats. Lucy was skipper of the day on Vivaldi and led the crew quickly off the mooring. We set our course for downwind with Ben on the helm on Monet and Megan who set up the preventer on Sao Jorge. It was a nice sail with some jibs thrown into the mix. When we arrived at Long Bay, Beef Island and anchored, the divers headed ashore for 3 dives; a wreck dive, a deep dive, and a night dive. All 3 dives were at the wreck of the Rhone! The rest of us cooked an amazing breakfast for dinner meal led by Emmy and Lauren. We had a great dance party in the saloon rocking out to the Lion King, Kid Cudi, and some Katy Perry, quite a collection of music for the evening!!!   We ended the night with a nice cool breeze and some island clouds floating past us.

Day 12:

We woke up this morning to beautiful skies and a fresh breeze in Long Bay.  Yesterday evening, the divers had three advanced open water dives, where they explored the wreck of the HMS Rhone, dived to great depths, and explored the reef at night.  The divers had their last dive this morning, while the rest of the group took a taxi tour of Tortola, finishing with a stop at the local ice cream shop.  After lunch, all of the crew headed ashore for some Sail Caribbean Olympics!  Monet won the Tug of War event, despite Jack acting as an anchor for Sao Jorge. After tug was the sand sculpture event, in which Sao Jorge turned their captain into the Statue of Liberty.  Vivaldi gave an exciting performance during the synchronized swimming event, while Sao Jorge led in the Dizzy Fender relay race!   Afterwards, all boats prepared for a night sail, where skippers Jack, Marissa, and Gracie led the crews through departure checks and sail raising.  The fleet had a terrific breeze for the night sail with Lauren navigating Monet down the channel and Ben and Patrick setting the preventer.  The fleet picked up moorings in the dark and fell asleep to the boat rocking in Great Harbor.

 

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