Global: Session 2 - Minerva - B-Chaser
Posted: Wed, Jul 12, 2017
Moored at Saba
fter a nighttime passage of colossal proportions, we arrived at the mountainous island of Saba. With sleepy heads and high spirits, our group took a short early morning sleep. Our spritely gang was then peacefully awoken to a beuatiful view of the lush island. We soon sprung into action: making an abundant mass of cinnamon french toast. After this delectable breakfast feast, plans were set into action for the shipmates to go on a refreshing snorkel and scuba-dive. While this diving was underway, some members of the crew caught up on sleep that was lost during the passage. The day then ended with a filling meal of tender, perfectly seasoned beef and tomato stroganoff. Although we were exhausted, we were brought through the day by our anticipation of climbing Saba peak and many other adventures to come.
Posted: Tue, Jul 11, 2017
Sailing to Saba
Location: BVI – Saba
Today was passage day! We started our day with some delicious yogurt and bagels for breakfast in Savannah Bay. After breakfast we got a chance to try out some fun water sports or go for a quick swim. After the morning activities we headed to Levrik Bay for some shore time before the passage. Our sail to Levrik Bay was rainy but still super fun and exciting. After our shore time at Levrik Bay we began our passage to Saba. We all took 3 hour shifts taking watch during the sail. The first shift began at 3pm and lasted until 6pm and these went on until 6 a.m. the next morning when we hooked onto a mooring ball in Saba. The sail went very well with only a few people getting sea sick and only a little bit of rain. The feeling of sailing through the night is indescribable and it was one of the coolest things I have ever experienced. The sky surrounding us was painted with stars and very few clouds and even though it was dark the moon still gave a glowing luminecence to all things surrounding the boat. The best part of the passage however was arriving at Saba because we arrived at sunrise and the view was really beautiful.
Posted: Mon, Jul 10, 2017
Second Day of Sailing
Location: Savannah Bay
Today we woke up to a really nice weather and the smell of scrambled eggs. The cooks did an amazing job making the scrambled eggs and cutting up the fruit. After we ate breakfast we dogged the hatches and got ready to set sail. We focused mostly on talking about the types of sail positions and how to reef the main sail. After a while we stopped at Peter Island for lunch and jumped in the ocean to cool off, we shortly found there was a barracuda under the boat but we figured it would not attack us if we left it alone. After lunch we put up the sail and headed to Virgin Gorda. We practiced putting in the reefs once again until we got to our destination. When we got to virgin Gorda we had sail chat which consisted of how to drop and anchor and the different type of anchors. Quickly after the sail chat we all jumped into the ocean to cool off once again and to take a shower. For dinner we had chili and rice, it was really good and almost everyone added hot sauce to it. When everyone was done we quickly cleaned up the dishes and prepared for sail talk which just consisted of how to be safe during the night sail and where we are going. After sail chat we all got our hammocks set up and ready for bed. I am personally really excited to see how tomorrows sailing is as is everyone else.
Posted: Sun, Jul 9, 2017
First Exciting Sail for Beez Chaser
Location: Norman Island
The first real night on our boat was different for everyone, some slept well, and some needed a little more time to get accustomed to the motions of our boat. Nevertheless, everyone woke up excited for the adventures that thus day might bring. For breakfast, we had some cereal with milk and fruit. Then we had some time to get snacks from the local supermarket. After everyone returned to the boat, the preparations for our first sail over to Norman Island began. The short sail itself was really exciting and every had the opportunity to try out every job and there was was ever time for relaxing ourselves. After we arrived at our destination we headed off to the shore and started our hike onto Spyglass Mountain. It was one of the most exhausting hikes Have ever personally been on, and it is supposed to be one of the easier hike that we are going to complete. The amount of sweat everyone produced could fill a few bottles . . . The swim test after our first hike was our savior and I think every looked forward to just being able to cool off in the water, luckily everyone on our boat passed it and we were able to have our first saltwater shower in the sea! Now we are able to enjoy a little but of down time as we are waiting for dinner, were having Sloppy Joe! I am curious how it will taste and what kind off adventures our journey will bring.