BVI: Session 1 - Rangitoto Too
Posted: Sun, Jul 5, 2015
Day 20- A Sweet Goodbye
Location: West End, Tortola
Today was a day filled with the sound and smells of cleaning and goodbyes. We started off the day early with our final hike up Spyglass Hill at 6:00. On the way up we were all asked to find a rock that was appealing to us and one that we thought was ugly or unappealing. The rocks were supposed to symbolize a trait about ourselves that we wanted to take home and a trait that we wanted to leave behind. Upon reaching the summit we all shared what we liked about our rocks and what each rock stood for, and then threw our ugly rock down the mountain. After sharing, we reviewed our piece of paper on which we had written our goals on the third day, and we decided if we had fulfilled them or not. Feeling satisfied with ourselves, we all ventured down the hill and returned to our vessels.
Upon returning to our boats, we all started cleaning our cabins and tried to get a head start on washing the deck. After a short motor, we docked at West End, Tortola and started the serious cleaning. We all split up into groups and some of us worked on the deck while others cleaned the cockpit, lagoon, and the personal cabins. After two hours of cleaning and scrubbing down all the surfaces we all put down our brushes, buckets and bleach and ventured onto the dock for shore time. When all the boats had finished cleaning and everyone had gotten to go on shore, we all congregated on two boats and listened to a goodbye speech by all the leaders of the different programs. When the speech was concluded we hugged and said our goodbyes and finally realized that today was the last time we would all be together.
Posted: Sat, Jul 4, 2015
Day 19- Oh Say Can You Sea
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
This morning our chefs of the day began preparing a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and omelets made to order as we sailed from our dock in Tortola to Peter Island. We then went ashore to explore the small fishing village that sat directly net to a huge island resort. This town was home to an islander named Conrad, a man whose family had been residents on the island for generations. Unfortunately, Conrad passed away a few years ago, but we had the opportunity to speak with his nephew, Thurman and share stories about the island and his kind-hearted uncle. We walked along the beach and discussed in detail the drastic changes that have occurred overtime as hotels and resorts have expanded on the island.After returning to the boat we made lunch and had a relaxed afternoon swimming and snorkeling along the reef. Because it was the Fourth of July, our whole boat decided to line up in single file on the bow and sing “The Star Spangled Banner”. The other Lifeworks boat also joined in. At the end of the day, we made dinner and reflected on our time in the BVIs, as one of our last days on program came to a close.
Posted: Fri, Jul 3, 2015
Day 18- A Special Treat
Location: Road Harbor, Tortola
Breakfast today was the same as it is most other mornings. We ate cereal for breakfast, while sailing from Peter Island to Road Town, Tortola. It was a fairly short journey but it was very windy, making it hard to keep our bowls and cups on the table. The sail was short and sweet and we ended up in Road Town in no time. We had finished mooring around 8:15 AM, so we had an hour to hang out and start to clean the boat for our final inspection in a few days. The cleaning was rewarding because I got to clean my cabin while listening to some pump up jams playing through the speakers. At 9:30 we left the boat in Stealth, our chicken and headed to the VISAR (Virgin Island Search and Rescue) headquarters. On our way there, David decided to trick us by telling us that the place was really run down and that we shouldn’t say anything bad about it. We weren’t sure what he meant until we pulled up to a rickety dock in front of a makeshift door leading to who knows where. Strangely, we passed the dock and kept driving, even though we all thought we had passed the destination. Apparently the dock we had seen was just an old unused dock and the actual headquarters were located just around the bend. We unpacked our gear, and were ushered into an air conditioned room where a volunteer at VISAR talked to us about the huge part they play in supporting ships that need medical or other serious help. Once we finished learning about VISAR and asking questions, we set to work, some of us sorting cards and others painting. I helped paint one room with all the other kids that didn’t have any panting experience and we finished within an hour and a half. After that, a few kids and I were put on dredge duty and we shoveled sand and sediment off the ocean floor so that the RIB (rigid inflatable boat) that VISAR uses could easily speed out when needed. We stopped for lunch and I had 5 quesadillas. After that, I decided to relieve myself from my dredging duties and decided to paint anther room. At first painting the room went a little slowly, but after the first coat dried, we hooked David’s iPad up to a portable speaker and played loud music while painting. I think at one point it was more of a dance party than a paint party, but we still got the painting done. At 5:00 we finally left after a long work day and motored over to the other side of the harbor. We docked, and then were allowed to go on shore to take the first hot fresh water shower we had had the whole trip. I nearly started running from the boat I was so excited. To top things off, Elliot and David went to Pusser’s Pizzeria and got fresh pizza for dinner. All in all, today was a rewarding day with a special treat at the end to finish it off well.
Bye from the BVIs,
Posted: Thu, Jul 2, 2015
Day 17 – The Sargasso Sea
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we woke up and the crew of the Rangitoto Too sailed to West End, Tortola and docked at Soper’s Hole. This was nostalgic for all of us because we began our journey here. Once we had arrived we took a walk to a nearby mangrove forest that needed to be measured, counted and planted. After about an hour of work we trekked back to the boat for shore time. This was nice because I was able to call my mom and hangout with friends. At about one, we left the dock in west end and sailed to sea cows bay where we did some more mangroving. After splitting up into two groups, my group took Shadow, the dingy, to a remote little dock surrounded by The Sargasso Sea. By the time we were done, the sun was setting on day 17 of our trip to The British Virgin Islands. So we hurried back to the boat for showers and the best thing of all, MEXICAN NIGHT.
Posted: Wed, Jul 1, 2015
Day – 16 Rough Seas
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Ping. Ping. Ping. I woke up to the sound of my hammock hitting a metal bar. I was jostled awake and then was forced to wake up the rest of the boat because I was the skipper of the day. We started the day off with some oatmeal, then quickly got underway for a sail to Brewer’s Bay. On the way we probably encountered the biggest waves of the trip. West, Kade and I were on the trampoline at the front of the boat, as waves crashed over the bow. It was awesome, and we were laughing so hard. Once we arrived at our destination, we started snorkeling for lionfish and/or turtles. We were unsuccessful in finding any lion fish, but Beezie and Elliot, the captain of our sister boat, were able to catch a turtle that we tagged.