BVI: Session 3 - Magpie Bridge
Posted: Sat, Aug 13, 2011
Location: West End, Tortola
Today, after breakfast, I got on a dinghy and was driven to another boat for the skipper’s meeting. At the meeting we went over the details of the upcoming race. Me being the best skipper there, I declared that my boat and crew was the best in all of ActionQuest and that we would destroy anyone or anything in our way of eternal glory. When I returned to the boat I spurred my tired and slightly aggravated (in a teenage way) crew into action. After raising anchor and leaving the bay, the race began with me at the helm. Epicness was ripe in the air that day, and as the race started the Pirates of the Caribbean theme music came on. To add to the excitement the wind decided to die down right as the race started. Although there was no wind, the race was fun and exciting, but unfortunately called off in the middle of the race. We are now motoring back to West End, where we started our epic ActionQuest journey. As I write this the crew is in a flurry trying to clean up the boat, ravaged by the teenage menace. Tonight we can look forward to the BBQ!! Greasy, fattening food, yum!! All good things come to and end, and thus so must ActionQuest. It has given me good memories, and some less good ones too, yet memories all the same that I will always keep close to heart. I don’t know how I will ever repay the staff and shipmates on my boat who have helped create these priceless memories. I will always remember Jake’s sunglasses, Charlie’s manly sharpie beard, Cesar falling in the water with his pajamas on, and many other fun experiences. A pack of shy teenagers has become an epic wolf pack sailing the high seas. A good story with a good ending.
Posted: Fri, Aug 12, 2011
Tying Loose Ends
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today I woke up to the sound of staff whispering. Within minutes we had two rescue divers on our boat as they were briefed on their tests. Suddenly my skipper started shouting from the water. She was having a “breakdown” because her buddy was “drowning.” The rescue divers got in the water and rescued them. After that scenario we had breakfast and then went wakeboarding. I landed a 180 for the first time! We then motorsailed to Road Town. I took my VHF radio operator exam on the way and I passed! At Road Town we had some lunch and bought some souvenirs. When we got back to the boat we talked with Mary Jewell. We again motorsailed to the Bight. Upon arriving I studied for my flotilla skipper exam. I kept my fingers crossed and took the exam. I was a fountain of sweat when my skipper told me that I passed! We showered and got ready for dinner. It was a great day!
Posted: Thu, Aug 11, 2011
The Rhone Shipwreck
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today all of the Maggie B. shipmates woke up to a fast preparation of the boat for our voyage from Peter Island to Salt Island. For breakfast we had oatmeal underway, which means we had breakfast while we were sailing. Once we anchored we cleaned up the breakfast. All of us have jobs, such as salt water washer, cook, deckie, and skipper, which I am today. After the cleaning of the boat we hopped into a dinghy and motored to Salt Island. Once we got there we went hiking around the salt ponds and up the mountains on the island. On the way back we passed by the Rhone graveyard, where the dead members of the Rhone ship which crashed and sank next to the island in the 1800s. The family that inhabited the island buried the dead that washed up and helped save the surviving crew members. The Queen was very grateful and gave them the island, on the condition that they pay a pound of salt from the salt pond each year. When we got back to the boat we had PB+J and deli sandwiches. After lunch the divers went for a final dive; the Rhone shipwreck. It was an amazing dive, my favorite of the trip. Since then ship blew up it was all in pieces, but there was one porthole which still had glass in it and we each got to rub it for good luck. The propeller of the ship was ginormous. Each blade was about the size of how far you could stretch your arms apart. I swam through it, which was fascinating, but sad. Many passengers of the ship died, which gave me that creepy feeling when I was down there. We didn’t just see a shipwreck when we were down there, we also saw many fish and even a spotted eagle ray. Oliver saw and swam with a turtle. We motored to Peter Island after the dive, and tonight we are having summertime thanksgiving. We are also taking our sailing test tonight, wish us luck!
Posted: Wed, Aug 10, 2011
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
We raced across the ocean today and we were last at first, but then thanks to Ostrich’s cool sailing skills we went from last place to third in a matter of only ten minutes! Even though we didn’t come in first it was a lot better than losing. While I spent time joking around with friends suddenly we were at port. While in port we ate as much as we could and got stuffed. After our port stop we were on our way to the next stop and we showered. It was extremely refreshing for me. We are about to eat Mexican. Hopefully it will be great.
Posted: Tue, Aug 9, 2011
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Today we started out by waking up during sunrise. Then we ate breakfast. When breakfast finished we started a regular rotation day, but around lunch time we set up to go to Sandy Spit. On the way there we stopped at Sandy Cay to gather firewood. We got to jump into the water and swim. We saw a stingray. When the staff were done gathering wood for the bonfire we started heading to Sandy Spit for the BBQ. At the BBQ we ate a lot of good food. After we ate they started the bonfire saw a fire show, and sat and chilled. Then we took a dinghy back to our boat and went to sleep.