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BVI: Session 2 - Magpie Bridge

Posted: Tue, Jul 26, 2011

Race/Cleanup/Last Day

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Oscar D.
Today we started early at about 7:15. We had a breakfast of cereal and Charlie (our skipper) and I had a skipper’s meeting. We went over the charts to see where the race was, and then we had to choose the lineup. Everyone chose and I thought I had picked four, then Charlie exclaimed “turn it 90 degrees” and then I realized the four was backwards and that I had actually picked number one! We were all elated and as soon as we lined up we were the most windward boat. We were off to a great start, and then five boats passed us. At the end only one boat was behind us! We finished the race in 7th place… but hey! We improved. Soon after we started to clean the boat. We actually did a reasonable job. Well, I have to go finish, so talk to you next year!

Posted: Mon, Jul 25, 2011

The Rhone Wreck on Salt Island

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Chris
Today we sailed over to Salt Island and took a hike. The view was pretty amazing. We also heard the story of the Rhone and Salt Island. The Rhone was a British mail carrier ship deemed unsinkable by the British navy. It sank. Almost everyone died except for a few crew. People on Salt Island saw them and helped rescue. The Queen was so appreciative she wanted to give the people the island. But you can’t just give stuff away, so til this day the family of Salt Island sends the Queen a bag of salt she supposedly uses on her dinner table. After diving and hiking we dove the Rhone. It was really cool, a very good last dive. Then we sailed over to the Bight where we spent the night.

Posted: Sat, Jul 23, 2011

Race Day #1

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Jake B.
Maggie B. woke this morning to a bit of rain followed by oatmeal around 7:15. Then we started race day by preparing the boat to sail. After that at 8:45 the race from Sandy Spit to West End began. Our race day started with Jake at the helm, Oscar at the main sheet, Chris at the main halyard with Brendan and David raising the sail. We didn’t get off to the best start, in last place, and couldn’t gain any ground after that. About an hour later we made it to West End still in last place, but it was ok because we had the most fun. We then went to port at West End, where we ate lunch and shopped. After that the weather changed and a storm was coming through so we decide to motor to Peter Island. It ended up that we never got hit with the storm and we just had a relaxing ride to Great Harbor, where we will spend the night after Mexican night. Yummy!

Posted: Thu, Jul 21, 2011

Practicals

Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Author: Susannah J.
Today started with all of the monohulls rafted together at Sidney’s Peace and Love and the strong aroma of pancakes. We were woken up at 7:30, which was pretty late in the AQ world. We ate breakfast and took a group picture at Sidney’s. We unrafted and the Vegas did their practical sailing exams. We had lunch and continued the practicals while heading to Sandy Spit, a small sandy island. We got some time to hang out with other boats on the beach before we took Phantom, our dinghy, back to our boat. Tom, the advanced diving instructor, came over to do paperwork and to help log dives with the Carinas. Everyone is excited for race day tomorrow! We are compiling a song list for tomorrow. It has been an amazing 16 days. Time has felt like a blink, but on the other hand, I fee like I’ve been here forever. We are all having mixed feelings about heading home.

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