BVI: Session 3 - Joie de Vivre

Posted: Sun, Aug 7, 2011

Sailing Practical Exams

Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Author: Arden F.
Today we got up early and after some waiting, had some pancakes. We then picked up our anchor and left Marina Cay. After quickly raising the mainsail we sailed through the small channel between Little Camanoe and Great Camanoe. The channel was really cool because there were reefs right next to us and cliffs just past them. Once we got into open water we began our sailing practical exams. In the exams each person has to captain the boat and sail through every point of sail, tack, jibe, and go through heaving to and a man overboard drill. Everybody who took the exam today passed. After three people took the test we anchored at Lee Bay on Great Camanoe to have lunch. For lunch we had chicken salad sandwiches, which was extremely messy and was tough for the deckies to clean up. We then picked up the anchor and went back out sailing to continue with the practical exams. We did another three practical exams before we ended our day of sailing at Muskmelon Bay on Guana Island. Next we all took showers off the boat and Tor showed some of us how to do perfect backflips, and Dan’s attempts provided much humor. We then had chilli and rice for dinner, which was good. Now the Carinas are going for a night dive, which will be very cool for them. We are also watching brownies cook in the oven, which will be tasty!

Posted: Sat, Aug 6, 2011

Halfway Done

Location: Marina Cay
Author: Jake R.
Today was yet another day in paradise; lots of sun, beautiful blue water, and a wonderful long sail to our current location of Marina Cay, which acted as one of the final review sails for all the would-be sailors who still need to take their practical sailing tests. Spirits are high as always and the music is always loud and fantastic (whenever allowed only, of course). Today provided a second port day for the crew, and even though there was only one store to go to, everyone appreciated the opportunity to get back on land (and fill up on snacks). On a personal note, the docking at Marina Cay was done by yours truly and it was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. The dive was supposed to be the highlight of the day, but for me today’s sail gave me a taste of having command of a vessel, a taste I cherished and which gave me a new appreciation and respect for all captains. This trip has only strengthened my love for sailing and the sea. Today a crew member, tomorrow is unknown, but for now I am signing out to enjoy the rest of my night in paradise, as the end is coming quicker than I would like.

Posted: Fri, Aug 5, 2011

A Little Bit Of Everything

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Sofia M.
Today was a great day. We woke up and had eggs for breakfast next to two other boats. It was a rotation day, so we skiied and wakeboarded. Windsurfing was very efficient (haha). I loved it because Craig followed us on another boat and showed the instructions we had to do so we could tack and find the wind. After that we had lunch and everyone was so hungry and excited about the grilled cheese sandwiches. We did some diving of course in different groups and us Carinas practiced navigation by using our compasses. The other guys went snorkeling over some mangroves and it must have been fun too. It was funny to see the instructors race on the Picos and our diving instructor Matt coming in last. We then sailed to a mooring ball and left the beach, it wasn’t hard but I hadn’t done it before so I had to get it upwind, which was a bit tricky. Throughout the day the weather was pretty good, there was a bright sun all day. Before having dinner we had to do some cleanup and wash the heads and the deck. I think the best part of the day was dinner because Mike ate along with us (caesar salad… yum). We played a game where we had to choose postcards that reminded us of what we like and what we don’t like about ourselves. Everyone shared important things about themselves and that’s always nice to hear. Now we are just hanging out on the boat.

Posted: Thu, Aug 4, 2011

Adventures at Vixen Point

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Arden F.
Today we stayed at Vixen Point all day, we did not travel anywhere. We woke up in the morning to an oatmeal breakfast which was great. Our boat then split up into separate programs. Some people played games on the beach, others took the dive test, and other got closer to getting CPR certified. I was part of the last group. Next we split up into two groups and each group took out a 19 foot Hunter sailboat. In the Hunters we worked on our sailing skills and then raced the other boat. My boat lost because the other boat didn’t follow the right of way rules. Next our crew went to the beach to hang out and sail Pico sailboats. The Picos were a lot of fun even though there were a few collisions. There was a good amount of wind for the Picos. After that we went to the beach for some team building activities. All of the activities were great, but the best one by far was a big trust fall that involved falling backwards from a height into everyone’s arms. It was scary yet awesome. Later we are going to the beach BBQ and dance which should be lots of fun.

Posted: Wed, Aug 3, 2011

Bob Marley Bird

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Unknown
Today we woke up to heavy winds in Trellis Bay, where we had moored for the night. As we started to make breakfast the winds lessened and the rain clouds receded. After a quick meal of cereal, we broke up into our diving group for a dive chat. Then after the dive chat was over we fought the sleepies and had a nice sailing chat where we learned about signal buoys and other marine signals. Then we prepared lunch and ate some delicious tortilla soup. After quickly cleaning up we untied ourselves from our mooring and motored out of the bat. As the skipper of the day I steered us out of the bay and directed the raising of the sail and controlled the sailing as we navigated to Vixen Point on Prickly Pear Island. While making way we jammed out to some music. While sailing the shipmates decided to ride the surf at the front of the boat, causing some we shipmates and much excitement for all. Craig, our fearless captain, taught us sailing and fed our pet seagull, named Bob Marley. When we reached Vixen Point Craig pulled off a challenging docking technique. Once docked we took a swim/shower and in the process learned how to backflip off the boat. Eventually after a couple backflips I was able to complete one. After our shower we prepared and at our Mexican food, which our Mexican shipmates assured us was not at all Mexican. Overall it was a great, fun packed day under slightly cloudy Caribbean skies.

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