written by Early Alpha mate, Luka Walshe
June 14, 2017
We awoke to another glorious day in the BVI. A steady wind rocked the boats in the mooring field as the sun drifted above the horizon, calling us forth from our slumber. At 7a.m., we hear the now familiar sounds of our captains and mates rousing the crew. Without hesitation, we spring out of bed, ready for the day ahead. Spirits are high as we gather to make breakfast, surrounded by the rolling hills of Great Harbour.
At 8a.m., the divers head to the dive boat; today is their final lesson before their Open Water assessment! They leave the boats with laser focus and iron resolve, determined to make the most of their time in the sea. The remaining crew gather together on Paso Doble for a 9a.m. snorkel along the reef, searching for turtles and parrot fish in the shallows. Afterwards, we gather to go wakeboarding and water-skiing, followed by lunch with the newly qualified Open Water divers!
At 1:30p.m., we drop our mooring ball, following our compass bearing across the channel to Nanny Cay. Along the way, we learn how to dock our boats, a daunting task which lies ahead for the Skipper of the Day. We approach Nanny Cay through the shipping channels, and our crews prepare the boats for docking. Slowly and steadily, we dock the boats — it was a resounding success.
Once we were docked, we began re-supplying the boats with provisioning and water for the next week, went ashore to explore and had the luxury of air conditioned bathrooms and showers, followed by an evening stroll around Nanny Cay. After our boat meeting, we fell into bed, exhausted from a long day, watching the stars as we slipped slowly into our dreams.