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Swingin' on a Star
Ship's log for the circumnavigating Saint Francis 50 catamaran, "Swingin on a Star".
Stealer VI
Randy
05/05/2007, Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda

While Divemastering on Dive BVI's Sea Cat I met a couple of brothers on an Oyster 56, Stealer VI. Very nice boat and a great cruising family. They sailed from Whales with the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) in the Fall of 2006. It was one of the roughest ARCs in recent years but they seemed no worse for the wear. Richard and Chris were prepping the boat for shipping after the rest of the family had flown home. It was great diving with them and we hope to see them in the Med in the years ahead.

The British Virgin Islands
Mega Mike
Randy
05/04/2007, Leverick Bay Watersports

Mike (former chef) runs Leverick Bay Watersports. Mike rents skiffs, Run Abouts (with around 150 hp), kayaks and hobbies. The watersports shack is right next to the dive shack on the dock and Mike has become a good friend over the months we've stayed here. I spent a lot of time being the victim when I assisted during his Rescue Diver course. He was happy to get back and volunteered to be the tired diver for my Divemaster tired Diver tow. I was not happy about this as Mike is about the biggest guy on Virgin Gorda.

The British Virgin Islands
Bravura
Randy
05/03/2007, Leverick Bay

Captain Bob ownes this beautiful Hans Christian 48. He does charter day sails out of Leverick Bay in season. He did more than 75 day charters this Winter at around $750 each. Not a bad vacation.

He hauled Bravura today in Spanish Town and flew home to California. As hurricane season nears more and more of the fixtures begin to disappear.

The British Virgin Islands
Nassau Grouper
Randy
05/02/2007, Alice in Wonderland

Saw a few nice Nassau Grouper today. This guy posed for me. The biggest Nassau I'd ever seen swam by on the same dive. I tried to get close enough for a photo but he did that underwater grunt thing and blasted through the coral.

The British Virgin Islands
Ginger Steps
Randy
04/28/2007, Ginger Island

Ginger Island has some great dive sites. Alice in Wonderland is my favorite. Ginger Steps is great as well. In a tough north swell with a big east wind Alice's Backstep is a great spot. This shot is of the reef on one of the Ginger Steps. As the name implies, the reef comes up from the 80 foot bottom in three big steps, each of which has nice ledges and crevices for all of the critters to hide in.

The British Virgin Islands
Blast from the past
Randy
04/17/2007, Diving the Rohne

So I'm interning on this dive boat and I hear this distinctive voice. I look over and I see Doug Grindstaff a friend I worked with almost 15 years ago in Los Angeles.

I walked over and said, "Doug?!". HE looked at me like I was a weirdo. I have a military hair cut now and the last time Doug saw me, not only was I 15 years younger but I had hair half way down my back.

We both couldn't beleive it. We caught up a little bit and then did the dive. Everyone was turning green due to the big swell. Unfortunatly some of the divers ended up feeding the fish and we had to scrap the second dive.

Doug and his friend came over to visit later in the afternoon before they flew home to LA. It was a great out of the blue experience.

The British Virgin Islands
Dive BVI Shop/Leverick Bay
Randy
04/09/2007, Leverick Bay

Corey runs the Leverick Bay Dive BVI operation. We dove with Corey and some of the Dive BVI old guard several years ago when we first visited the BVI.

The British Virgin Islands

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