BVI: Session 3 - Knot Guilty
Posted: Wed, Aug 3, 2011
The Day of Unknown
Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
I awoke to a watch that tells no time. Another reminder that it died on our first dive (water resistant to 100 meters, ha!). The day started slow because of the rain. We were able to eat down below because of the rain. This is when the unknowing began about our plan for the day. It turned out to be a dive talk and a sail chat before sailing to Virgin Gorda. Lunch took place right before we set sail again. Personally, sailing was great. After Rob helmed the ship I got another chance to helm. It felt just as the first time I grabbed the wheel five days ago. It was awesome. In the literal sense of the word… it was awe inspiring. I got to hold the ship on a starboard tack for an hour and a half. Wonderful. We now are rafted up next to the rest of the fleet at Vixen Point in Gorda Sound. Just wanted to also say thanks to my parents, love you guys.
Posted: Tue, Aug 2, 2011
Location: Trellis Bay, Beef Island
So today we got to wake up at 9, even though about 5 of us woke up at 5:30 to watch the sunrise, and some at 6:30. We started the day off with delicious french toast cooked by Lauren and Sam. We got underway at around 10:30 to go to Marina Cay. After about two hours of 4-6 foot waves we made it to fill our water tanks and headed off to Trellis Bay. At Trellis Bay we all grabbed some lunch at a cyber cafe and headed to the store to stock up on goodies. The rest of the time we had on port was spent on the hammock. We just got done with sail chats and we are getting ready for dinner. We are all really excited for tonight because we are going to watch a movie together. We can’t wait to see what’s on the schedule for tomorrow.
Posted: Mon, Aug 1, 2011
Diving and Sailing
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
This morning we started with a short motor to Mountain Point. Immediately the Vegas jumped in the water for our first open water dive. It was gorgeous and we are all excited to dive again. Following diving we jumped on another boat and learned all about sailing. We discussed parts of the sail and headings. We each got a chance to interact with the boat. After mastering the boat we went to conquer tying knots. It was fun meeting new ActionQuesters and even with a full boat we learned a lot. In the afternoon we had a relaxing sail to Peter Island. Even though it was so calm the intensity of losing Pimmy’s hat “Wilson” shook the mood up. Once at Peter Island we devoured a yummy dinner of cheddar and broccoli pasta and cheesy biscuits. We are all excited for the rest of the trip.
Posted: Sun, Jul 31, 2011
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
We started the day with an amazing breakfast and after that we went to the beach and we all tried our hands at Pico sailing, diving, and windsurfing. Later on we went diving at Sand Circles and during the dive we saw an octopus. It was definitely one of the highlights of the day, along with an awesome lunch of PB+J and an incredibly fun wakeboarding and waterskiing excursion. We also learned a lot about knots and how to drive a dinghy. Then our day came to an end with the best alfredo pasta I’ve ever had.
Posted: Sat, Jul 30, 2011
We’re All Just Gonna Speak In British Accents
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Today we started the day with a sail through the Sir Francis Drake Channel, destination: Savanna Bay. We all got to learn our way around the boat. Of course the view the entire sail was gorgeous! Only a little rain intruded, but it’s definitely looking like there is more coming for the night. Roxy gave us our first intro into the scuba world by teaching us about our gear. We are all so pumped to get in the water tomorrow! We had sloppy joes for dinner. Not going to lie, the squeeze question kind of rocked! But one of the best parts of the night was seeing the expression on Sean’s face when he lost half of the spoon while tossing mashed potatoes overboard. It was even funnier that he actually found it right away free diving. Since Pim is from England we have been questioning him about his lingo and accent. We decided we are all going to wake up on a random day and speak with a British accent and not tell him. Now it’s about time for our first dive chat!