BVI: Session 1 - Erocibar

Posted: Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Day 12

Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Author: Mae R.
Today the shipmates of Erocibar enjoyed a later wakeup call and a more relaxed morning because all the staff had a morning meeting. As skipper of the day, I was slightly terrified to keep the boat in order while Shannon, Sierra and Ben were at their meeting. We all recognized the benefits of multi-tasking as we cleaned up a delicious pancake breakfast while also having a dance party on the bow. Eventually Shannon, Sierra and Ben returned and we saved them leftover pancakes and fruit salad. After a quick trip to Marina Cay to fill up on water, we hopped off at Trellis Bay for a few hours to shop, explore and have lunch. Some of us explored a great art gallery filled with unique sculptures, jewelry and a group of friends stray cats, while others relaxed in the shade with smoothies. Once shower time was over, we quickly prepared the boat for an hour-long sail to Muskmelon Bay. On the way, the Vega students took the helm in preparation for our practical exam in a few days. The Carina students coached along the Vega students and reviewed concepts that they will have to master in time for their advanced sailing test. After anchoring in Muskmelon Bay we were all happy to reunite with our clean laundry and sheets and to take fresh water showers. Once we were all done, getting cleaned up we enjoyed chili and a Lifeworks Forum.

Posted: Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Day 11

Location: Marina Cay
Author: Gabriel B.
An early start to a busy morning led my crew and I to the boat Sailing Curls, where we were due to finally complete two of our certifications. Our first dive was an exciting trip that faced us with identifying fish and I had never witnessed before all the while being tossed around due to the current. A rather spectacular fish I saw was a leopard pattern grouper that had hid in an attempt of stealth beneath some coral but its hiding skills were futile in the end. Our next dive put us in a situation where we had to carefully navigate through a beautiful valley of coral plastered with colors of orange, red, and green, al the while having a flurry of rainbow fish. The two dives awarded us with our fish identification and boat dive certifications. After a relaxing sail we settled down to make Turk’s Head knots with the entire crew, then enjoyed some lovely pasta. (Editor’s note: the beginner scuba students completed open water dives 1 and 2 today).

Posted: Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Day 10

Location: Jean T.
Author: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Today began with an early wake up call from Shannon. We began to eat our breakfast, and soon enough we began our sailing adventure for the day. We started with man overboard drills and then docked and got water for the boat and began our way back testing on sailing circles. As we finally made our way back, we cleaned the deck and down below thoroughly because of our extremely messy lunch while the sails were still up. We ended this day with our double squeeze in the sunset.

Pico Race Victory

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Collin C.
Today was a great day; we started off with delicious breakfast burritos and lemonade. As soon as the dishes were put away, we started Pico racing. There were two teams, Team Ellen and Team Oprah. Team Ellen of course won the race. After Pico sailing, we all did waterskiing/ knee boarding, and Juan tried to do a 360-degree turn on one ski and failed. Jean killed it at knee boarding. At the end of the day, we all sat and had a nice dinner and watched the sunset. Im about to go night diving for the very first time, and Im super excited.

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