Monday, June 11, 2012

Sailing Trip Day 8: Wreck of the Rhone + Norman Island

Good morning lovelies! I'm back with more Sailing Trip recap posts this week, and I should have everything wrapped up by Wednesday. Today is all about Day 8, which was a cool day since we visited the Wreck of the Rhone off Salt Island.

Before we set off for Salt Island, we noticed this barracuda hanging out under our boat. It was pretty cool to see since I've never seen one in real life. I also got a video of him (and another one that joined him), but be warned, there's some serious camera shake (and Fred's bathroom humor) near the end.

Barracuda Under Our Boat from Lesley Anne Fenton on Vimeo.
It didn't take long for us to get to the dive site since Salt Island is right next to Cooper Island (where we were the night before). According to Kyle's dad's book on BVI Anchorages, The Queen of England used to get her salt from Salt Island. Pretty cool! And it was the Royal Mail Steamer Rhone that wrecked here in 1867 that has since become the most popular dive site in the British Virgin Islands, let alone the entire Caribbean. So to say that Kyle, Eric, Lynn, Jenny and Zach were excited to do this dive would be an understatement! This is the view of the dive site on the surface. 

And this is how it looked below (dive photos taken by Zach). 

Once the dive crew got back to the boat, we ate lunch and then headed over to Peter Island Yacht Club to top off our water tank and fill up the oxygen tanks for one more dive. The weather was overcast with scattered showers again on Day 8, so we got to see another beautiful rainbow while sailing.

And it wouldn't be a legit sailing trip without someone getting hurt, right? Thankfully our few injuries were nothing too serious. Here Kyle is wrapping up his wrist after he accidentally cut it while cleating a line to the boat.

After our detour in Peter Island, we headed to our destination for the night, The Bight at Norman Island. We had a lot of time to kill before dinner, so Christina decided to do a little fishing and she caught a needlefish!

We had dinner that night at Willy T's, a floating restaurant and bar in The Bight.

My fish and chips were not that great, but Kyle was pretty impressed with his burger (I think the thick juicy bacon on it helped). 

So ended Day 8 of our trip. Up next: Snorkeling around The Indians and The Caves on Norman Island!

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