BVI: Session 1 - Knot Guilty
Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2011
Guilty Of Having the Best Time Of Our Lives
It is an honor to write the last blog of the session, but it is also very sad. None of us can believe that we’re leaving tomorrow. For the past three weeks we’ve been living together, eating together, sleeping together, brushing our teeth together- we have been doing EVERYTHING together. It’s going to be so weird not sleeping under the stars at night, being rocked back and forth by the waves and having the wind in our hair. For the last day we decided to end with a great big bang. Today was the final race day and we were in it to win it. After breakfast we put up our new sail and set out. In the beginning of the race we were fairly far behind, but that only made us more determined to win. Our second big jibe (turn) was absolutely perfect and helped us catch up, after that we were cruising like any professional would. We were closely behind two other boats by the time we could see the finish line, everyone was super excited. Somehow we managed to get in the lead and then of course we won. We were all in disbelief because we were pretty behind in the start at the race, we cheered for absolutely everyone in the BVI to hear. After the race we took a break to have lunch. We finished all the bread, peanut butter, jelly, and of course the three jars of Nutella. It was a great feast and afterwards we started the greatest cleanup session of all time. Our parents would be so proud (hopefully you’re all reading this and will reward us by letting us keep our emergency money!) We were all on our hands and knees scrubbing every inch of our beloved boat. It went on forever but we still managed to have fun. Tonight we are going to a BBQ with all of ActionQuest. They’re always really fun and I’m sure this one will be more bittersweet than anything. I doubt anyone will be able to sleep tonight, and we’ll all be on deck together as a crew for the last time. To all our readers and our families, get ready for all the stories and the inside jokes we’ll all attempt to tell you (warning: you probably won’t get them). For all the people who made this whole experience what it was, thank you for the time of our lives. To my crew, I love you guys so much, I know I will keep in touch. To Jake, Nick, and Averill, good luck with the rest of the summer, you guys are the BEST. On behalf of of the entire boat, thank you, we love you, and you will be missed. Lastly but not least, always remember that no matter what, we are Knot Guilty.
Posted: Sun, Jul 3, 2011
Slick Ninja Nick
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today is the second to last day of our trip and the very first of those day that we can accurately describe as a lazy day. We started off the morning at 6:15 by readying the ship to motor to the wreck of the Rhone. We ate underway, and by 7:30 we were on Wicked Good getting ready to get into the water. The wreck was AWESOME and huge, and the first dive past 30 feet (it reached 60). After everyone was back on the surface and getting ready to get into our beloved dinghy Stealth; yet another storm hit. Back on Knot Guilty we warmed up with sweatshirts and tea, and motored around the corner to a less rocky anchorage to wait for Jake and the other boats to finish diving the wreck. We spent a few hours just hanging out and taking naps until lunch. After we had another few hours of relaxing until we motor-sailed to Norman Island, where we anchored and will be eating dinner and having a Lifeworks forum later in the night. All together today was a lovely day despite the persistent storms, as we were able to spend a lot of quality time with our shipmates as the trip nears its end. However, we created a monster in Slick Ninja Nick after teaching him Ninja… he is the undefeated champion of Knot Guilty on his very first day of knowing the game. We wholeheartedly apologize to the second and third session Knot Guiltiers, and you should consider this your fair warning.
Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2011
Rain Rain Go Away
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
The day started out with whistling winds and roaring rains. We motored over to the wreck of the Rhone early this morning. Just as we finished gearing up to dive the wreck, it started to rain. The rain soaked us in seconds and the wind whisked the water off the tips of rolling whitecaps. It would have been dangerous getting in and out of the water in those conditions so we postponed the dive until tomorrow. We motored over to Road Town instead of diving. We ate some lunch in Road Town and went around to the different shops. By the time we left Road Town the storm had passed. We motor-sailed back to Great Harbor and we bro’d out for a while. The seagulls were having a family reunion or something because they would swarm within seconds of a piece of bread thrown overboard. Today was a bit slow but it has not made the fact that we have to leave this paradise in three days any more appealing.
Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2011
Today was an excellent day to be a part of the family that Knot Guilty has become. Race day started off with a drag race that we won, due to Joie de Vivre’s disqualification (they had a head start). We had a little break in West End, getting ready for the second, longer race, which started intensely. We were unsure as to the positions each boat was on, but we were determined to be victorious. Halfway through the race we were sure we were in first place, cruising through and relaxing a little. A little while later, a dark cloud loomed ahead at us, right where the finish line was located. We kept sailing towards it, since it was coming in our direction and there was no way to avoid it. We entered the storm. Our captain, Nick McGinty, a typically very humorous person, immediately seized charge. He ordered us about, got to furl the jib, remove the reefs on the sail, and drop the mainsail. In these conditions our staff, Nick, Averill, and Jake all kept their composure and kept all of us safe, including our guest Sara from the catamaran Panacea. It turned out to be a very hectic day, and even through weather conditions that would normally scare me, the way our captain dealt with our situation made today one of the most thrilling days of my life. We are all safe with Nick, Jake, and Averill. I’ve really come to love this boat and the people in it. Our chemistry with each other and the people that visit and become a part of this family amazes me. I love you guys!
Posted: Thu, Jun 30, 2011
Bets, Exams, and Big Bites
We started the day docked and rafted up with the rest of the fleet at Sydney’s Peace and Love. For breakfast we ate delicious pancakes made by Jon and Sarah. During breakfast we got a surprise visit from Mike the director. Mike was curious to know how the shipmates’ bet with Nick the skipper had gone. The bet was that if Nick woke up without his crumpet horn then he had to make us cookies and brownies. Thanks to some stealth by Jon, the shipmates won! After breakfast we sailed around for several hours doing practical exams for our yachting certification. I feel pretty confident about my exam, however, I don’t know whether I passed or not. After the exams we anchored at Sandy Spit, where some of the shipmates went on the beach for some R and R. When I was on shore I hung out with the other crew members and picked up a few neat rocks to give my little sister. For dinner we had franks and beans. While the food was great, the highlight of the meal was when the first mate, Averill, ate an entire serving spoon of rice in one bite! Now everyone is cleaning up and I am writing this blog. In a few minutes though we’ll all load up in the dinghy to go to the Lifeworks forum. Hopefully it will be as cool as it normally is.