written by Foxtrot/Sierra mate, Emily Graf
July 26, 2017
Today, we had a “lie-in” until 8a.m. We woke up and had a nice leisurely breakfast. After breakfast, we continued our trash snorkel clean up around Trellis Bay, collecting even more trash bags full of litter and garbage. Some of us that hadn’t been on a truck tour yet also got to got their turn trampsing around Tortola from the back of Sail Caribbean’s pick up truck. We even got ice cream to finish off the tour! Then we spent some time at the shops at Trellis Bay; there are neat and interesting shops there such as Aragorn’s Local Art Studio, where the BVIs local artists all contribute really beautiful pottery, hand printed t shirts, and handmade jewelry.
After some shore time, we headed back to our boats and made a nice big, hearty lunch. The fun divers got ready and headed off on the dive boat to the Dog Islands. They did two dives, one at the Visables, and the second at Bronco Billy, said to be Jacque Cousteau’s favorite dive site in the BVI. We had a great time fun diving. Some of the divers decided to do their fish identification specialty certification today also! They truly improved their identifying different species of Caribbean fish.
The rest of the boats sailed off towards Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. We had a relaxed sail and were excited to get to docks to change up the scenery. Once we successfully eased our vessels into the slips like pros, we had a cleaning inspection, which we had to pass before getting our phones back for an hour to check in with friends, family and loved ones. We were really happy to talk to people back home and snap some photos as well. After phone time, we got to take nice long fresh water showers in air conditioning! We were very very happy for this and felt squeaky clean after. After a nice taco dinner, we had time to socialize with the other boats and hang out. We got together, chatted, listened to music and played games. At the end of the night, we had our boat meetings and felt asleep very content with our dock day.