BVI: Session 3 - Grand Cru
Posted: Sat, Aug 6, 2011
Early Rise (Bear Grylls)
Location: Marina Cay
We had a looooong day. First we got up at 4:30 so we could explore a nearby island and see the sunrise from it. Then we motored over to a shipwreck, the Rhone, to dive around it. We saw a really extraordinary octopus. After we dove, we sailed to Trellis Bay for lunch. We also go to shop in a couple stores on the island, before we went back to the boat. Later we arrived at Marina Cay where all the boats sat down for a very emotional two hour Lifeworks presentation that made everyone want to call home to their parents. We finished up and got back on our boats, proceeding to go to bed after an almost 20 hour day.
Caribbean Triple Crown
Location: West Dog
August 5. 2011. Today was the day a champion was born. Four men entered and only one returned with the pride of victory. The Caribbean Triple Crown. A battle of guts, manhood and stupidity. The rounds consisted of First the Cinnamon Challenge. Clovis grabbed a heaping spoonful and wasn’t able to keep it in, and was eliminated from the Triple Crown. Yanni fell to a similar fate and was also eliminated. Leo and Riley battled it out and prevailed leaving Matty and Greg no choice but to put both of them face to face with the saltine Challenge. Six saltines without water. Seemingly an easy task but they had to each do it in under a minute. Both failed disappointingly, but there had to be a tiebreaker. Leo and Riley were still clearing out the left over saltines when Greg walked out of the galley with two gallons of maple syrup. And thus the Syrup Challenge was born. Whoever could finish one cup first wins. Riley and Leo both started chugging. Leo finishes seamlessly and wins the Caribbean Triple Crown. Earlier in the day everyone went out to wakeboard and kneeboard. I personally believe I had the best faceplant of the year, but that’s just me. Once we had settled in our final destination of the day the shipmates hopped off the boat for a snorkel during which I found a nurse shark and others found a large group of jellyfish.
Posted: Thu, Aug 4, 2011
Location: Vixen Point, Prickly Pear
Today we woke up bright and early to have some delicious oatmeal. After we cleaned up and went to the Dogs to dive. There the Dolphins took their second session of underwater photography. The Neptunes on the other hand went to dive a wreck. After our dives we went to Leverick Bay to stock up on snacks and get some food. We were soon sailing again to our party destination but before the party the Dolphins got to go snorkeling where we saw baby barracudas and I found a very large jellyfish that was probably dead. At the party we had burgers and hot dogs and tons of dancing. Overall it was a great day!
Posted: Wed, Aug 3, 2011
Nobody Has Drowned Yet Mom
Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Mountain Point: 10 degrees for 3 nm, tack, 138 degrees for 3.2 nm, tack 20 degrees for 4.2 nm, tack 323 degrees for 3 nm, tack, 354 degrees for 4 nm, tack, 300 degrees for 2.1 nm, tack, 353 degrees for 5.9 nm, tack, 106 degrees for 3.5 nm. 28.9 nm total. Today we sailed 28.9 nautical miles. The seas were choppy and rough. We ate lunch at a nice restaurant and had a great time walking on the beach. This morning the Dolphin crew worked with their underwater cameras and we took some awesome shots! The Neptunes went on a wreck dive, and got to explore the awesome tugboat that was sunk. Tonight was the first night dive and it was SO amazing. There was so much we saw that we never would have seen during the day. We made up a Grand Cru pre-dinner dance to “Ooh Aah.” The dance was the same two motions over and over for 15 minutes until dinner was ready. I broke the speed record for this trip by reaching 9.5 knots. Sorry Reiley, your record of 9.2 knots has been shattered. We are having an amazing trip and are looking forward to another fantabulous day tomorrow.
Posted: Tue, Aug 2, 2011
Another Day in Paradise
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
To Road Town: 336 degrees for 4 nm. To GHP (Great Harbor, Peter Island): 161 degrees for 4 nm. Today we began with breakfast in the small hammock village of our boat. Breakfast was followed by a storm and eventually our first deep dive where some of us even became supermen. After we sailed having 25 knots of wind to Road Town. We shopped and ate great food on the exotic island of the Caribbean for the first time. Then a breathtaking sail back to GHP where we pulled off around 9.2 knots, our current record. We anchored and swam off the stern of the boat. Dinner was cooked. What was left became the artillery for our food fight. We await our wreck and photography lectures tonight. It was another great day in paradise.