BVI: Session 2 - Joie de Vivre
Posted: Mon, Jul 11, 2011
The Bathing Day
Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
This morning the shipmates woke up in a hurry because we had an early morning sail to the Baths. On the way there we learned a series of names for the mainsail. Once we got to the Baths everyone got a chance to climb around and explore, which everyone had a great time swimming, climbing, and hiking. Once we got back aboard the ship there was a three hour sail to the next destination. On the way we had our first chance to set up the sails mainly on our own, but still had some assistance from Craig. When we were about an hour and a half into the sail the winds started to pick up a lot and the boat started to lean twenty degrees. During that we started to trade and practice everything as a team. At the same time we were doing this a squall formed and was heading towards us. Everyone ran and got rain jackets on but the storm just missed us and we never got rained on so everyone rushed for no reason. Once we were pulling into the bay Craig showed us how to reef a sail, so when we are in strong winds we will know what to do. Tonight we tied up to the other boats for the night, it’s going to be fun!
Posted: Sun, Jul 10, 2011
You Know What I’m Sayin?
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
First rotation day, yo! The weather was a basically perfect 90 degrees with a constant breeze, and two “ninja” showers came through. Our boat started out the day on the Caribbean Soul learning all about knots and dinghies. The knots were fairly easy to learn about, but driving the dinghies was a different story. Everyone had a close call. Next we all split up between advanced divers and beginners (except Emily, who was being a good person doing community service). Everyone’s dive was awesome! The beginners first time to breathe underwater was life-changing, and for the returning divers being back in the water was fantastic. After diving we had lunch, which were probably some of the best sandwiches any of us had ever had because we were so hungry. Next we did watersports! Skiing, boarding (both of the foot and the knee fashion) weren’t for everyone, but it was a great bonding experience. Then came my favorite part of the day: windsurfing!! The feeling of having the wind carry you away is marvelous and everyone enjoyed it. We even made a drip castle. For dinner we had chilli and rice! It was delicious, mostly because Jeanne and Jess were the chefs. Our boat is becoming really close, and that is an amazing thing to have in a place like this. The entire crew is fantastic. Shoutouts to Carles, Layne, Emily, Jess, Jani, Mai, Virginia, Nathan, Michael, Jeanne, Louise, Anna, Craig, Jake, and the barracudas.
Posted: Sat, Jul 9, 2011
Sail Away With Me
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
We started the day with a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs and muffins. As soon as that was over we got the boat prepped and ready to go as we waited for Craig and Anna to get back from their meeting. As soon as they got back we sailed out of the Bight and practiced jibing, after that we took turns sailing and then stopped near Salt Island and Ginger Island to have lunch. After an hours rest we took about an hour leaving those islands and finished sailing to Savanna Bay and anchored down after dodging some reefs. We then swam and attempted backflips for an hour after finishing homework, and the Vegas being shown how to assemble their diving gear. We are now awaiting a delicious dinner courtesy of the chefs Michael and Emily.
Posted: Fri, Jul 8, 2011
No Rainy Day Blues
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
After waking up at 1:30 this morning to pouring rain, we scrambled inside and tried to make a comfortable place to sleep. For me it was the floor of the galley with Layne. When we woke back up at 7am it was still raining, and continued to rain until about 12:30pm. All of our crew tried to stay positive and entertained during the terrible weather. We grabbed diet coke, candy, and many other useful things at the shops. When it finally cleared up a little we left the dock and attached our ship to a nearby mooring to wait for our two missing shipmates. Every day we assign a skipper, today it is me who drives the boat and oversees all the other tasks. Well, being the skipper on our first day of sailing was pretty nerve wracking. Steering a 50 foot boat in wind and rough water is weird enough, but throw in ten other boats and it gets even worse! We are now at Norman Island and everyone is cleaning up the boat after our dinner of sloppy joes and mashed potatoes. The boat radio is going off tonight about plans and from what I’ve gathered the first dive chats are going on tonight. The Carinas are being picked up to go to a dive chat, but all of us Vegas are staying here for our chat. I can’t believe it’s only night two! We are all getting along so well and learning a lot about each other.
Posted: Thu, Jul 7, 2011
Welcome to AQ!
Location: West End, Tortola
The first crew members of the JV2 arrived around 2pm, and a few hours later they were joined by the second group. After Nathan, Layne, Virginia, and myself were settled, we began the wait. We slowly became acquainted with one another while getting to know our staff, Craig, Jake, and Anna. Over the next few hours more crew began to appear, and they marveled over the beautiful view, just as the earlier crew had. Finally we settled down for supper after scrambling to get it cooking (thank you Virginia and Nathan). The tortellini and salad was quite delicious, and it was great to finally sit down and eat as a crew, minus four. After the stupendous meal, Michael, Louise, Layne, Virginia, Mai, Jeanne, Nathan, and myself cleaned the first set of dishes, while experiencing Anna’s crazy dish towel obsession. We had a quick chat about the basics of the boat rules, and then the fun really began. We realized that the boat was open to sleeping, and we completely took advantage of that. Nathan, Louise and I slept in the cockpit, Michael in the blue lagoon, Virginia and Layne on the bow, Mai and Jeanne down below, and the staff in their “usual” beds. Around midnight we met Jess and Emily… right in time for the rain.