July 1, 2011
As the alarm went off at 7:00AM, Sierra started their early morning due to the 8:30AM dive scheduled for the students as well as a clean laundry pick up. We opted for an easy breakfast consisting of cereal and yogurt. At 8:30AM, Laurie took the students by dinghy to the dive boat. All of the students jumped on the boat and started setting up their dive gear like pros! As always, the group was able to witness some of the most beautiful reefs in the BVI but today, they were also in for a special treat. Five spotted eagle rays circled around the divers and seemed to be interested in what they were doing. It was a once in a lifetime experience and the group was thrilled to be a part of it.
Following the dive, the group returned to Trellis Bay and made a lunch of bean quesadillas. Before we knew it, we were on our way to Mountain Point. Meg took the helm and sailed us to Virgin Gorda. We were on our way to meet up with Alpha and our first anchoring was soon upon us. Tommy took over the helm when it was time for us to anchor. The winds were howling and the rain was falling down. Tommy is trying to get his mates certification so he stepped up to help us during the unfavorable weather. Sierra set the anchor on the first try and then quickly ran inside to warm up. The squall stayed around for about 40 minutes but then the skies cleared to a beautiful evening.
Following dinner, Laurie gave the group a lesson on plankton and bioluminescence. Once the sun went down, it was time for Alpha to join Sierra for a night snorkel and bioluminescence splash. Tarpon, lobster, squid and eels were spotted cruising the reef, looking for an evening snack of fish! At 9:30PM, Sierra was back on the boat for showers and powerdown.