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After Peter, Blonde Rock at Dead Chest

Entering the BVI


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Saturday 29 November 1997 continued

With the two Captains, Gwen and Don, we sailed towards Tortola with the jib and the mainsail both up. I steered most of the way. I'm comfortable with a compass heading or heading for a landmark, but not looking at the wind gauge or the sails. Looking up at the sails gives me a crick in the neck. (Since I am the photographer, no one took my photo doing it). Gwen took over after she called for a slip,
Gwen and Don

Gwen and Don


and then Don did the docking. Tackless II is Don's boat, but Gwen has her own CSY named Whisper which we chartered last winter.

Don got water (with Bob watching the water gauge).
Bob in the cockpit of Tackless II

Bob in the cockpit of Tackless II

I walked over to the Sea Urchin (using the bathroom on the way) to look and see if I could get another little box like I got one of my daughter's last winter in Soper's Hole. It had a chain in the box, and you could wear the top as a pin or on the chain as a pendant, and on the top were two smaller items that you could use as earrings. But I didn't find anything.
Plants by the marina fence

Plants by the marina fence


I saw a nice belt, but couldn't decide if it was a man's belt or a woman's belt, and I didn't know what size to get anyway. Also saw some nice shirts. But I didn't buy anything.

Came back to the boat and had lunch, which was turkey salad in an avocado shell with fruit and crescent rolls.

Gwen went to check into the BVI customs with Bob , and then Bob looked at a Tayana 37. Don got ice and went to see if a store was open. I went to a craft store and bought small plates for two of my daughters and a Haitian wall panel for another daughter and grandson. Also got a collage for my DIL. Next door I got two fish puzzles for my two other little grandsons, and then walked back to the boat.
Tortola ferry

Tortola ferry


We got underway and went over to Peter Island.
Bob at the wheel -hat and sunglasses with skipper

Bob at the wheel -hat and sunglasses with skipper


Gwen and I did a dive in the dim light for 45 minutes.
Gwen waiting for me in the dinghy Shout

Gwen waiting for me in the dinghy Shout


I went deeper than Gwen wanted me to. I had a little trouble with my mask and also with the dive light. But I saw first hand how many more reds there were when I had a flashlight. We saw black coral, and a big plate coral, feather duster worms and a big queen trigger.
Fish below us

Fish below us

Blue fish looking up at me

Blue fish looking up at me

Looking into the distance

Looking into the distance


We had dinner - pork chops, spicy rice and greens with chocolate chip cookies.

We had three to five brief showers overnight. We sleep with our heads toward the bow of the boat, so our heads are under the hatch, and when it rains, it rains on our faces so we know to close the hatch. I left my camera up in the cockpit though, so I hoped it didn't get wet.

Sunday 30 November 1997

Don was up early wiping down the cockpit because he'd forgotten to close some of the hatches and side curtains.
Don on deck

Don on deck


We had cinnamon buns, and watermelon for breakfast. Bob raised the anchor about 8:40 with Gwen's help. We sailed to Dead Chest Island. Gwen and I went to Blonde Rock for a dive. We saw a huge lobster,
Lobster at Blonde Rock

Lobster at Blonde Rock

Another lobster

Another lobster

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Yellow and red coral

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Spadefish


and a school of medium size spade fish.
Atlantic spadefish

Atlantic spadefish


There was a motor catamaran on one mooring called Club Aquarius from Puerto Rico with a lot of divers. I saw at least 8. The visibility wasn't too good. I could see schools of fish, but it was murky.
School of fish

School of fish

School of fish

School of fish


I am getting the hang of using the dive camera.

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Posted by greatgrandmaR 08:03 Archived in British Virgin Islands Tagged peter scuba tortola bvi blonde_rock

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