BVI: Session 2 - Bella Christine

Posted: Thu, Jul 21, 2011

Practical Exam

Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Author: Chiara
This morning I awoke to the wonderful smell of pancakes, one of the best breakfasts yet. We all slowly woke up to all the other boats rafted next to us, which was cool to see our friends. Shortly after, Ted climbed the mast of Panasea and got a sweet aerial shot of sail side all rafted together at Sydney’s. After that the lines were let loose, the anchors brought up, and PFDs on, and Bella C. set sail. The Vegas had their big sail practical this morning. While they all studied the difference between tacking and heaving to, the DMs had the morning to themselves. For lunch Doug made awesome chicken salad. The food today has been amazing. After lunch we sailed over to Sandy Spit, where everyone relaxed on the gorgeous, small island while the DMs did our mapping project. Dinner shortly followed, which consisted of rice and beans and hot dogs, and cornbread. Thanks Emma and Tim. After everyone headed over to Lifeworks on Odyssea while the DMs did more mapping.

Hike, Sand Castle, and Peace and Love Party

Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
Author: Thomas M.
This 15th day started really early, because everyone had to be on the dock at 7am. A couple of minutes later everyone started to hike to the big Mount Sage. After nearly two hours of intense hiking, we reached the top of this mountain, and the view from that place was really crazy. Everyone was really tired, but we didn’t have enough time to rest, we walked down directly. We were really happy to arrive in a small village on the seaside, in which we could finally eat excellent hamburgers! Even if the morning was exhausting, the day was not over! Then we sailed to Sandy Cay, a small island with white sand and a couple of palm trees. In this place AQ organized a sand castle contest. Each boat had its own idea to win the competition: our castle was appreciated, but another team did a huge scuba diver with sand, and they won the contest! After this amazing afternoon on this heavenly island, we sailed to Sydney’s Peace and Love restaurant, a small port in which we would spend the night. When the whole AQ program was on shore, our BBQ party could start. We ate amazing food (grilled chicken, vegetables, and fruits) and had a great time listening to a local reggae band! It is always really nice to spend a bit of time with all the AQ members!

Posted: Wed, Jul 20, 2011

Snickers and Waterski

Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Author: Emma S.
Today we had a great sunny day. Our day started with breakfast which was cooked by Carles and Nathan. Afterwards we had sailing skills with Craig. During this time we were divided in two groups. While one group was with Craig the other group just chilled. When we finished at 9:45 we then went sailing. The Vega group had fun doing their dive. They did some cool activities underwater. Meanwhile our group, the Carinas, were doing our deep dive and it was also fun. We wanted to see a nurse shark but we didn’t find it. After we lunch, a nice soup. When we finished our following activity was watersports. We all had a great time. Finally our rotation day ended with the Picos. This was one of the best parts of the day. Layne and Craig had a race which was super fun. After our rotation day we sailed to the island called Tortola. When we arrived we changed clothes and got ready to go to the island and have the BBQ. Once we arrived to the beach we all got wet because the dinghy couldn’t leave us in the sand and we had to jump in the water. Nevertheless we had a great time there. Everybody was there and we had a good time. We came back and had our best shower to end the day and we had the squeeze and the squeeze question was which is your favorite movie. Finally we all ended up chilling in the boat.

Posted: Tue, Jul 19, 2011

Another Great Day In The BVI

Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
Author: Joe M.
Today we dove and had a rotation day in Muskmelon Bay. Most of the boat went around the bay doing various activities such as waterskiing, Pico sailing, and scuba diving. The divemasters stayed on either he dive boat for sail side A or B and helped the open water divers with underwater skills. The divemasters also had to do a search and recovery dive for weights that had been thrown overboard while our fearless leader searched for Lionfish that have rudely invaded the BVI’s natural environment. Everyone saw a six foot nurse shark that had camped beneath some rocks below our boat. There were also a couple of stingrays patrolling the sandy bottom of the “sand highway” between two coral heads. The day is ending in the beautiful BVI with the whole fleet meeting on a random sandy beach for a BBQ beneath a virtually cloudless sky.

Posted: Mon, Jul 18, 2011

Famous Awesome Sandwich Day

Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Author: Kirsten B.
Our morning began in a very relaxing manner. After eating cereal for breakfast in Marina Cay, we relaxed for a while as our staff went to a staff meeting. We then proceeded to do boat workouts, sleep, play cards, and blast “dubstep.” When our staff returned we headed out and practiced how to tack and jibe (especially when we played Al’s speed game and did donuts with our boat). Around noon we headed to Trellis Bay and got to go on land while we stocked up on food and got our laundry back. There we had lunch at the cyber cafe where we got “famous awesome sandwiches’ and went to the local art gallery/studio to look around. We also went to the market and found out, much to our dismay, that there was no more Nutella for us to buy. Afterwards we got back to our laundry bag filled boat and headed to Muskmelon Bay. There we unloaded each boat’s laundry from our boat, practiced back dives while showering, and had a lovely dinner of chilli and rice.

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