BVI: Session 3 - Mary Jewel
Posted: Sat, Aug 13, 2011
The Last Day on Mary Jewell
Location: West End, Tortola
This morning we had our second sailing race from the Bight to Road Town. We had already won the first race, so we were determined to win again! After being pelted with tomatoes and eggs from Spindrift, we finished in first place yet again! Today is our last full day and I know that everyone is going to miss all the great times we had. From debating whether applebottom jeans with the boots with the fur or baggy sweatpants with the reeboks with the straps are better, to exclaiming “frooty loopis!” On the way back to West End we scrubbed, wiped, and deckied the boat until it was spotless. Tonight we are looking forward to spending time with people from other boats and our crew. This trip I have had so much fun learning how to sail and dive, as well as meeting new people. My favorite part of the trip was diving the Rhone and seeing eels, vibrant coral, and many fish. I am definitely wanting to come back next summer and am hoping that I will get the see all my shipmates again!
Posted: Fri, Aug 12, 2011
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today we were allowed to sleep in until 7 o’clock, which is a big difference to our normal time. We had delicious pancakes for breakfast thanks to Mia and Santiago. After breakfast we played quiz morning. Quiz morning is where someone (Jack) has a riddle book and asks different riddles. We were split into two teams, boys team and girls team. And of course the girls won! Girl power! After quiz morning we just relaxed until 1130am. At 1130 we got our PFDs on and headed to Road Town. It took us about 20 minutes to get there. When we were there we grabbed our shoes and money and went into Road Town. We got there and were told we had to be back at the dock at 3pm. This means that we had 3 hours at Road Town! Yay! Cleo, Mia, Kiara, and I sat down at a restaurant to have a great lunch. After three hours of fun we got back to our boat and got our PFDs on to go to the Bight. We got to the Bight and started taking showers. After showers Mia and Santiago made franks and beans for dinner. We started writing cards with nice things for everyone. This was a perfect end to this day.
Posted: Thu, Aug 11, 2011
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we went to Salt Island, where we did our fun dive at the Rhone, which is a sunken boat. We saw lots of fish and a moray eel that was like two meters long. Also Santiago joined us in this dive because he had been a Carina and doing other dives. After that we had lunch after cleaning up and we went to another side of the island where we went for a hike, it was a pretty cool view of the island. Then we stayed in the boat talking and swimming. We went back to Peter Island, where we had summertime thanksgiving for dinner and Jack our skipper said some funny quotes. The funniest thing today was when Santiago yelled at Magpie.
Posted: Wed, Aug 10, 2011
The Pringles Cup
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
The first thing we did today was have a huge race with the other boats. The winner was of course the Mary Jewell, which is my boat. The race was fun and we had a nice victory. Our first destination was West End, which was also our first place of the trip. We were allowed to explore the port and call our parents and eat at the restaurant. I called my parents and had a nice talk with them, then afterwards everyone ate at a restaurant. After that everyone bought food and snacks on the Harbor Market. Once the trip to West End was concluded, my ship went to Peter Island. When we got there the crew had to scrub the dinghy, but once that was finished we were allowed to explore some of the island. Today was a good day, and it was a good way to spend one of the last days.
Posted: Tue, Aug 9, 2011
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
The day started very early at 6:30. Yesterday we hung out til 12 o’clock, so we were tired. We ate scrambled eggs and muffins, and the dishies had a hard time cleaning the pans. It was a rotation day, so we had different activities during the morning. Since I’m in the Carina program, and I’m the only one on this boat, I do different stuff while the Vegas are diving. So this time I’m going to write a little bit about what the Carina program in Mary J. did today. Today’s rotation was divided in three parts. In the first part the Vegas and Carinas went waterskiing and I did kneeboarding and impressed Jack (our captain). On our second rotation the Vegas went diving but Carinas (me) had nothing planned to do, so there were Picos, and I have been challenging Kat for a Pico race since almost the first day so we head to do a death match. So the race started very close but the shipmate (me) had about 7 meters of advantage. After going around the established boat, there were two ways to come back. So each of us got a different way, but the shipmate got the best way. So Kat got in a no- air zone and the unexpected shipmate won the race by five minutes! The shipmate was declared by Kat, the best sailor in the galaxy, the new best sailor in the galaxy. On the third rotation Vegas went Picoing and Carinas went diving in a 32 minute, 60 ft. dive, and made an underwater running race without fins. After a peanut butter and jelly sandwich we sailed to Sandy Spit, where we arrived and after a short rain went to this only sand island where we had an awesome BBQ and had the opportunity to hang out with other boats.