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BVI: Session 3 - Caribbean Soul

Posted: Thu, Aug 11, 2011

Shipwreck Dive

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Eshed P.
After falling asleep at around 3 in the morning, I had the pleasure of getting up first to wake up the chefs, and then getting back up 20 minutes later to wake up the rest of the crew, before promptly falling back asleep. After sailing around for 40 minutes we arrived right outside of Salt Island. After letting down our anchor we went on a hike for the next hour and half, admiring the beautiful landscape which had unfolded into long, tall cliffs with the spray of the waves cracking into the walls with it’s own methodic pace. Upon our return to the boats we ate our lunch while being visited by a friendly barracuda, which we fed and even swam with. By the time we finished our lunch we were rushed into a dinghy so we could explore the shipwreck of the Rhone, which is the ruins of an old British mail ship. Later that day we finally got to our sailing exams and our sailing practical assessment, in which we had the basic maneuvers and basic terms of different sail parts.

Posted: Wed, Aug 10, 2011

Just The LIttle Things…

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Greer C.
The day started with double pancakes topped with maple syrup and nutella, a major change from back to back cereal breakfasts. Today was race day and I was skipper. After learning about our destination, my crew closed the hatches, zipped their PFDs, long lined the dinghies, and we were on our way! With close encounters from Knot Guilty and Spindrift made me jerk the wheel, which in turn makes the boat turn way more than originally intended. This, along with other things on the boat, are acquired with practice and Ted by my side. Coming in dead last wasn’t much of a surprise, considering Caribbean Soul weighs about 13 tons. As soon as we reached West End port everyone quickly scattered to the nearest restaurant or ice cream parlor. After about an hour and forty five, everyone piled on the Soul, our second home. Ten days ago, at the start of the trip, we stopped at Little Harbor on Peter Island, which turned into everyone’s favorite spot. We decided to revisit for the last time for a quick swim and a couple rounds of chicken. Swimming in the clearest, most calm water ever seen, seeing a pack of eagle rays (while Matt is jumping for joy) and spotting some iguanas, we unfortunately had to leave and head to our final destination around the corner. The view at dinner (Mexican night- yum!) was a beautiful, orange sunset. Seeing everything today and noticing how over-looked most things are and realizing that just the little things in life are truly wonderful, you see how beautiful life is and you should take a deep breath and smell the roses.

Posted: Tue, Aug 9, 2011

Day 12

Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Author: Charles
The day started out with cereal because of a tardy wakeup. Most of the crew was ready for the first activities, which were usually about an hour after breakfast. First rotation was waterskiing, something that most of us were excited about. After a quick waterski, then we all headed to Joie de Vivre to learn how to make knots. We ended up chilling on deck and talking about home. For the large majority of the crew this is the first experience ever living on a boat. After a quick talk with one another we all came to the conclusion that the things we take for granted at home like space, water, and food, are so important. For us living on a boat we understand how important teamwork is. Without it we would have never been able to fix problems with engines, sails, and the occasional food disasters that occur on the boat. The part I love most about the boat though is the people, living on a boat is hard with others. But somehow we all manage to function like a big family, like one big boat sailing, Caribbean cruising family. I love it.

Posted: Mon, Aug 8, 2011

Sort It Out!

Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Author: Lorenzo
Today we realized how our staff Matt, Teddy, and Sam help us whenever we have a problem we ask the staff and their answer is “sort it out.” The meaning of “S.I.O.” cannot be translated I tried. It means something like “figure it out,” but in a better and friendlier way. We figured out, no wait, we sorted out that it was better for us because we began to think about how to do things by ourselves and how to solve problems by ourselves. We, because there is no such thing as a me anymore, have become very together and are now a “family.” We all share everything, which is hard, but we recently learned to share our stories and background, which has brought us all together. “We” is now “Us,” and “Us” is very happy. We are having a great time. We are all happy, we will sort it out.

Posted: Sun, Aug 7, 2011

Sails, Soap, and Showers

Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Author: Stephanie
On day 10 of our journey sailing skills were the focus. In preparation for the upcoming examination we headed towards open water to practice drills. The weather was good with only light showers in the morning. Each of the watches is quickly learning to work together and all are able to surmount any challenge we are presented with. The Carinas are heading off to their night dive soon, and in our down time the Vegas might make some brownies! No matter where we are in the BVI, shower time is always amusing on the Soul Train. Today it wasn’t the act of getting clean, so much as the dive contests and throwing soap at each other that made our shower memorable. At one point Greer was so covered in soap and shampoo that the ocean looked like a bubble bath after she jumped in. Everyone is up on deck now, talking and getting ready for various activities (diving, brownies, etc). In a matter of hours we will have made up the blue lagoon (our below deck sleeping area), piled on, and be fast asleep. Another day awaits us.

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