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sailing and diving around the world
If you're participating in the ARC USA, the guys that work for the event will come aboard to do a safety check, to help make sure your boat is prepared for the voyage, in this case, from Tortola, British Virgin Islands, to Bermuda. Here are some videos of Peter doing the safety check on Dawn Chorus. We were also given instruction on how to use parachute and hand flares, as well as smoke cannisters. It was an extremely valuable experience. I've seen this safety gear on many boats but never actually had to use any of them, but now I know what to expect if I ever have to. They took us up to the pool, too, do go through some drills with life jackets and life rafts.
We motored over to Nanny Cay, Tortola, from Virgin Gorda. Lovely marina, with all of the amenities close by. It's a short, and safe bike ride to Road Town, the Capital. Spent a little time preparing Dawn Chorus for the passage to Bermuda. We had our safety check, this morning, with Peter. Peter's got about 26 years, or so, under his belt, doing this kind of thing, so we learned a few new things from him. We passed the safety inspection, with flying colors. Peter checked all the major connections- stanchions, gooseneck, chainplates- and rigging. He pointed out a few things- it's good to make sure that not only should the anchor be secured to stop it from moving forward, but it should be tied off to the side to avoid any sideways movement; you can use blue painters tape to seal the gap around the anchor locker hatch, to keep water out of the anchor locker; things like 'man over board' systems should drop clear of the toe rail, so that they easily fall away into the water.
Had a surprise tour of Tortola, yesterday, right up into the mountain, and over to Cane Beach. I was sitting at the bar, behind Pegleg Restaurant, and a gentleman overheard us talking about going for a walk to explore the nearby area. He kindly offered to drive us over. We didn't expect it, but he drove us to the top of Sage Mountain, where we were able to get a few panoramic shots. He then surprised us by taking us to Cane Beach, where we met and spent some time with him and his lovely lady, Kimberly. Peace and love to Chester & Kimberly :)