BVI: Session 1 - Magpie Bridge
Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2011
The morning started at 7 AM with the smell of hope in the air. Today was race day. The race would be from the start of Norman Island to around a mark at Road Town and the finish at the harbor of Peter Island. We got a promising start, and quickly took first. Going into the mark at Road Town it was just us and JV2 anywhere. We were 1-3 boat lengths ahead of them throughout the entire race, and I did fairly well at holding them off. All seamed well nearing the finish until a sudden wind change made it impossible to hold our course, and because we got a header while we were next to the windward mark, we were forced to tack and the third boat Caribbean Soul who was way above us won, giving us second. I wish I could say I drove us to victory, but I can’t, I can only hope I do better. These three weeks have been some of the happiest of my life and I just wish we had finished in the place we deserve. I am still joyous about having one more night with the rest of the crew and I hope we make the most of it.
Posted: Sun, Jul 3, 2011
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
We woke up at Peter Island today, and after a couple of squalls, we dove the wreck known as “the Rhone.” We were told about the history of the site and then traveled through the stern. I found it extraordinary. After we dove we went on a hike on Salt Island. It was fun until it began to rain heavily. After the hike we went back to Magpie Bridge. The weather improved when we started to sail to Norman Island where we are anchored. Tonight we are going to eat broccoli cheddar pasta. Later tonight we’re doing closing programs. And tomorrow, it’s the last day of this trip. It’s sad but I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed. I’m going to miss everything about this boat: the saltwater showers, the sailing, and all my new friends.
Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2011
Capital of the BVI
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we woke up to a nice bowl of cereal and got ready to go diving. Within an hour the weather went from bad to worse and the dive was postponed. Instead, we went to Road Town, the capital of the BVI’s. There I ate Jimmy Buffet’s cheeseburger in paradise. After I went to a few shops and went back to the boat. Because John was late to the ride back, John had to sit in time-out for a little bit. After we went back to Peter Island we had our last wakeboarding session. I had a great time and Aaron was able to get a few good rides on the waterskis. Alas all great things must come to an end, especially when a huge yacht came through and made the water really choppy. For dinner, John and Phoebe made Teriyaki noodles and had some great talks during dinner. After dinner we had much horseplay involving the crew and the staff.
Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2011
Can You Say Squall?
Today was our first race day! The first race was short and competitive. We came in third place. Not bad eh? After that we had a nice stop in West End, shopped around and ate, it was chill. By one o’clock we were off the dock and lining up for our second race, which was long and required skill to tack. The beginning was fast paced as we blared the opening song from the Lion King. After an hour and 45 minutes we noticed dark clouds rolling in from the windward side of Peter Island. After a few more tacks the clouds seemed much closer. The wind picked up and the rain poured. We quickly pulled in the jib as the wind became stronger. With safety in mind, our amazing staff Charlie, Tom, and Kat asked us to go down below, and they got us safely to the anchorage. An action packed day I would say! Happy birthday Aiden!
Posted: Thu, Jun 30, 2011
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Our day began with a delicious breakfast of pancakes that were masterfully prepared by our chefs Cassandra and Chris. Following the meal we left the dock of Sydney’s and spent the rest of the day honing our sailing skills. We passed our practical exams with flying colors and celebrated with a chicken salad lunch. After lunch we continued on to our anchorage where we will spend the afternoon on the beach performing swings off the boom. Our nighttime activities consisted of eating beanies and weenies, and learning the importance of setting goals.