Location: Sandy Spit, BVI

Sitting down to write, this feels surreal. Yesterday we finished our final exams, and today we celebrated, and that means it’s all coming to a close sooner than any of us are prepared for. Nevertheless, we all had an absolutely amazing day, unable to let our looming departures get in the way of our having fun. We had to wake up bright and early at 6:45 in order to drop our mooring and start making our way from Peter Island to Josiah’s Bay, but the early morning wake-up call was totally worth the motor we had over to the bay. Dead ahead of us, there was a huge rainstorm that we totally thought we were going to drive straight into, but somehow we only caught the very very edges of it, catching only the lightest sprinkle in an otherwise sunny sky. Being on the helm for nearly all of it (minus the brief part where I stopped to eat breakfast) was awesome. There isn’t a place I love more on Ocean Star than behind the helm. Motoring into Josiah’s Bay, most of us were still completely perplexed as to what the heck we were doing on our Carl and TorTor adventure, especially since we knew we didn’t need shoes, but Nick claimed we needed shorts with pockets. To much dismay, when we arrived on the beach, Tor made us all believe we were doing the human knot… again. Anger was pretty quickly alleviated. However, once she stopped messing with us and told us we were actually going to spend the day surfing (this was met with a lot of cheering and running towards the end of the beach with the boards and surf). Needless to say, everyone had a pretty awesome day out in the water. Even when people weren’t out onboard, most were still in the water playing silly games and doing funny things in the waves. Every single person did incredibly on a board! “Shout-out to Tori and Yi for totally killing it; I’m super proud of them!” and I couldn’t think of a better way for us to celebrate the end of finals than with this surfing day. After a very long day of surfing, we came back to Ocean Star and made our way over to Sandy Spit. The sail was beautiful, and we ended up catching an hour of light that looked like pure gold. When we arrived in Sandy Spit, we sent out a team to go and search for some firewood so that after dinner, we could go onshore to the beach and light a fire. We found plenty and ended up finding some more just off the beach, where we lit the fire, so it all worked out perfectly. The fire ended up being really great, and we roasted some marshmallows. Overall I’d say it was a pretty great way to reward ourselves for finishing finals.