BVI: Session 3 - Joie de Vivre

Posted: Tue, Aug 2, 2011

Port At Last!

Location: Trellis Bay, Beef Island
Author: Ivan
We had our first late start of the trip today. Breakfast was served at 9, and by 10:30 we were on our way to Beef Island. As soon as we left Great Harbor we were hit by big waves, and we sailed towards Beef Island at an amazing 8-9 knots. We decided to bring our jib in, and the furling line broke, so Craig then had to got up to the bow to put in a replacement line to bring the jib in. As soon as that was over we motored for another two hours until we reached the water dock. Docking the boat was easier than I imagined it would be, and on the first try we got the boat onto the dock and began to refill the fresh water tanks. Leaving the water dock and heading for the bay we would moor the boat in relatively no trouble, we lost the boat hook on the first try but recovered it quickly and were allowed to go to shore afterwards. There was nothing more on shore than a convenience store and a restaurant, but we successfully satisfied our cravings on the island. Even after just five days we are all like one big family. We all help each other out and have fun lives as if we had known each other since before the trip. I’m really happy I got to be on this boat.

Posted: Mon, Aug 1, 2011

Bob the Buoy and Bob Marley

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Cam W.
Today we started out in Savanna Bay and then set sail to practice various skills before diving. We practiced the different points of sail, as well as jibing. Jibing is tough because you need to be prepared for the boom to swing over pretty violently. If you don’t prepare for it and do it safely, it can snap lines or do other things, not good! We then sailed to Mountain Point for some diving! It was my first open water dive, so I was very excited. It was pretty tough actually, especially figuring out how to be neutrally buoyant. But once I got everything adjusted it was a blast. We saw tons of fish, though I don’t know any of their names. After diving we practiced man overboard drills with our ever helpful friend, Bob the buoy, or Pedro as he is also called. We’d toss him over then run through what we do to properly turn around and save our friend. Unfortunately we ran over him a couple times, but luckily he doesn’t need air and we eventually got the hang of it. I just went topside to find a dance party underway as I write this. Anyway, where was I… post drills we had a very relaxing sail to Peter Island, where we are now. We sailed wing on wing, which was really cool. It’s where the mainsail is on one side and the jib on the other while on a run. Dinner tonight was good, with some yummy biscuits to accompany our pasta. I now leave you to join the happenin party above. Until next time, skipper of the day signing out.

Posted: Sun, Jul 31, 2011

Rotation Day

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Dani C.
Today was a pretty fun day. It was a rotation day, where we all got to do different fun activities throughout the day. First we split up between Carinas, Vegas, and Quest. The two guys in Quest, Dan and Arden, got to do community service stuff. During that time the rest of us spent the day rotating from diving to sailing, windsurfing, swimming, and waterskiing. It was really fun and we learned a lot about the wind directions and how they affect the sail. After that we went over to Mary Jewell and Charlie, Kat, and Averill taught us how to drive a dinghy, tie some knots, and dock. Tonight we’re having pasta for dinner, it smells really good. Hopefully we’re gonna be able to use the hammocks today and sleep under the stars and start tomorrow with lots of energy!!

Posted: Sat, Jul 30, 2011

Sheets Ready?! Tacking!

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Taylor H.
The roosters woke us up this morning after a challenging first night’s sleep (people sleeping outside in hammocks kept coming in and out because of the rain). The hilarious ActionQuest director Mike gave us a briefing on how to stay safe and healthy in the BVI. Afterwards we grabbed snack foods from the convenience store before sailing off. As the first skipper to drive the boat I was so nervous I would crash or mess up, but my instructor Craig made sure I knew what I was doing. Craig taught us the basics about the various lines, ropes, sails, and things all used to operate/sail the vessel. In addition to new terms and names, we learned about turning the boat 45 degrees away from the wind and how to read the wind. This was pretty challenging and confusing for most people, but by the end of our sail we had a nice flow to our sailing operation. We couldn’t sail directly to Virgin Gorda from Tortola because we would be going directly into the wind. Instead we tacked our way up the Sir Francis Drake Channel. This means that we went in a zig zag motion up the channel, which was fun and exciting. Every once and a while two shipmates would man the sheets (ropes connected to the sail) and pull rigorously while the skipper at the helm (wheel) spun the boat around. Everyone was wasn’t sailing the boat at the time would reposition as the entire boat moved to the opposite side. We listened to calming island music and relaxed on the deck while waiting for our turn to sail. It’s cool to let the huge waves rock you into a lull. We anchored very skillfully off the coast of Virgin Gorda and jumped right into the clear blue water for a swim/shower. Zach, Cameron, Naomi and I learned how to put together our scuba gear while the chefs made dinner. It smells so good so I gotta go!

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