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aw, barracuda

aw, barracuda

7 swimmers and 4 guides jumped off the stern of the Promenade for our morning swim. There’s a great stretch of reef here, between Little and Great harbors. It’s along the Drake Channel, so few if any boats have ever…

24 minutes minutes to spare

24 minutes minutes to spare

After another cancelled flight and a couple more chances to practice my Spanish, we’re sitting in the basement of the San Juan airport, hoping to finally catch the short flight to Tortola. It’s cold and damp. We find a sunbeam…

The Commute

The Commute

        This morning, while flying from Boston to Newark, NJ en route to San Juan en route to Tortola, I looked out the window and saw a massive river, a beautiful valley, and some tell-tale bridges and…

Friday: Full

Friday: Full

We woke up anchored in Privateer Bay, the hearty crew members that hit Willy T’s bar last night were up and ready to work, attesting to their youth perhaps more than their wisdom. A swimming course to Angelfish Reef was…

Thursday: Discoveries

Thursday: Discoveries

    Breakfast is a light affair on SwimVacation, leaving room for big swims and the occasional gulp of saltwater. We didn’t want to push our luck with Muskmelon Bay again, so we decided to drop the mooring ball and…

Wednesday: Connections

Wednesday: Connections

Swimming is often seen as an individual activity, but open water swimming in particular  can bring people together, both in and out of the water. One of my favorite things during our trips is watching two or three guests, and…

Tuesday

Tuesday

The day began early for some, as they left their beds for a sunrise walk up to the top of Peter Island. I stayed in bed a bit longer, but I hear it was well worth the trip. Joanne and…

Monday

Monday

There’s something cozy about being in your cabin on a boat in the rain. Even better is when the sun breaks out and you jump in the ocean with 8 new and old friends and go for a 2 mile…

Sunday

Sunday

Guests!     Sometimes we joke that SwimVacation is all dolphins and rainbows. This trip has been mostly rainbows so far. For some reason, Road Harbor produces very low, bright ones. Intermittent rain produced a particularly bright rainbow and a…

Travel Day!

Travel Day!

              Travel Day! Compared to our 14 hour flight from Turkey a few months ago, a 3 hour flight to Puerto Rico was over in a blink. My favorite things about landing in Puerto…