BVI: Session 2 - Bella Christine
Posted: Wed, Jul 27, 2011
Bags Flying, Tears Streaming, And Hugs All Around
Location: West End, Tortola
On the first day of AQ our staff warned us that we would be waking up fairly early for the next three weeks. However, they didn’t warn us about the last day’s 4:15 wakeup. this was a new experience for all of us, bags flying, tears streaming, and hugs all around. After the first batch of us left we all headed back to sleep. Soon, starting at 7, we woke up to the morning mix one final time. Not many of us are sad to see it go… people have been shuffling to and from Omar’s to get an awesome breakfast. Back here on Bella C. we had to get rid of everything because she is setting sail and not staying with us next session. I’m really going to miss her. As the last of us drift out, the morning slows back down to island time. For me, I have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy West End, as I will be staying on for next session. Although Bella Christine’s shipmates are all jetting off, our memories will sail on with her forever.
Posted: Tue, Jul 26, 2011
Our Last Day At Sea
It’s a bit of a bittersweet day for Bella C. here at the Bight. Today is our last day of AQ! It’s going to be a pretty busy one filled with racing, BA (boat appreciation), and a final BBQ tonight. Hopefully Bella C. can redeem herself in the next few hours and win this race! We woke up this morning to a surprise breakfast of pancakes made by Leah (thanks Leah!) They were extra special today, as Lead had decided to experiment with different seasonings. Hopefully today can be as exciting and fun-filled as our last three weeks here in the BVI. We’ve had the joy of getting to know one another over the past three weeks here in the BVI. We’ve had the joy of getting to know one another over the past 20 days through games of trust and working together as a team to keep Bella C. running. We’ll all miss our late nights of Nutella eating parties, early mornings waking up to sweet mixes, and games of ninja while scuba diving. It’s been great, Bella C.! Thanks for all the memories.
Posted: Mon, Jul 25, 2011
Lunch on Tortola
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Yesterday’s day started with one of the most amazing activities we did during this trip, wakeboarding and waterskiing! Afterwards the day was pretty quiet. We sailed to Road Town to have lunch there after all the divemasters found out they had passed their exams. Once we had lunch and spent a couple of hours in the port, we went to the Bight on Norman Island, where we spent the night. Tonight’s activity will be writing cards to each other to tell everything we think of everyone on the boat.
Posted: Sun, Jul 24, 2011
Today we began our day by waking up early to set sail from Great Harbor toward Salt Island, a picturesque group of conjoined hills with a rocky outcropping to the side. From this outcropping the vessel RMS Rhone sank after trying to escape a hurricane over 100 years ago, and it was that vessel that we dove to. On our dive we were fortunate enough to witness hundreds of tropical fish swimming among the multicolored coral that covered the remains of the vessel. Following the dive we in Vega took and passed the IYT yachting exam. Following this, we proceeded to eat a lunch of noodles and salad while the divemasters explored the lower depths of the wreck of the Rhone in their first solo dive of the session. After the divemasters had returned and lunch had been finished, we left the boat for a hike of the hills of Salt Island. Atop these hills we were treated to stunning views and between the peaks the sun poke through the diverse plants and flowers, ranging from a lovely tree bearing beautiful flowers with layered petals, to prickly pear cacti usually seen in the great American desserts in Nevada and New Mexico. After our trip to Salt Island we sailed a few hours toward Peter Island. Once there the divemasters took the second and final part of their exam, and are continuing to do so at the time of this writing. Tomorrow we look toward day 19 of our trip and also by association my birthday!
Posted: Sat, Jul 23, 2011
This morning we all woke up at 7am to get ready for our first race! The skipper was told about the tarting and the finish lines, and then the 8 AQ sailboats of sail side got in a line to begin the race. It was a good time to take pictures of the other teams and we tried to scare our opponents by listening to the Pirates of the Caribbean theme. Then we went to port and sailed to Peter Island.