June 16, 2011
We will be underway on our first sail shortly, and we are hoping to make it by dinner to the next island, Virgin Gorda. Everything aboard is great… although we were up at 6:15 for swim testing, which was EARLY. It’s a good thing the water is 80*!
June 19, 2011
We are on dry land for the first time in four days and I feel like the ground is rocking like the boat. Apparently, land sickness (the same thing as sea sick but on land) is a real thing. Great. Everything so far has been fantastic. We were in Savannah Bay, Virgin Gorda for two days to do our confined water dives and get the hang of everything.
Our showers consist of jumping in the ocean, climbing back on the boat, lathering up with soap/shampoo, and jumping back in the ocean to wash it off, then back on the boat for a quick rise with fresh water, and finally air dry.
Yesterday we sailed to Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda to do our first open water dive. We saw a small reef shark and two dolphins along with incredible fish and coral. It was amazing. I’m so excited we saw a shark!!
We are beginning to sail to Nevis tonight around midnight. It’s a 30 hour sail, so we will break into our watch groups, which are shifts of three hours on, six hours off, so we can sail straight through.
Everyone aboard is really great, and we are all settling in quite well. The crew is also fantastic. We have anchor watch for one hour every night, and it’s nice to get to spend a little alone time to think. I could definitely live like this forever, it’s fantastic. :)
I got a little sun burned for the first time today, and I’m hoping to be able to keep from burning worse the rest of the day. We plan to watch Captain Ron before we sail tonight!