BVI: Session 2 - La Bella Vita

Posted: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Staff Update Day 21

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Ivan

As our second session of the summer comes to an end, the crew of La Bella Vita begins to reflect on the progress that we have made as a team over the past 21 days. Our students successfully finished their scuba diving courses and improved substantially on their abilities to sail a 50ft sailboat. The second half of the trip was filled with very many surprises, such as our very own Nacho finishing in the top 5 spots of the Mt. Sage Hike, a very, very tough thing to do. Felipe’s helming skills were shown during our first race of the session steering perfectly throughout. Giovanna’s passion for underwater life and marine biology came out as she dove more and more. As the dive days came to an end, Melissa showed her abilities as a diver and became certified as an advanced open water diver. Shortly after, the sailing practical examinations began and Ethan, with his thorough knowledge of sailing and nautical skills showed all of us why deserved to be in the advanced sailing program. Our second race of the session featured a 3 hour upwind sail with Ivor and Aaron at the helm, tacking up the Sir Francis Drake Channel and into Great Harbor. Matt and John’s fantastic cooking skills on Mexican Night kept the crew in a good mood heading into our last dive day on the RMS Rhone. That night, as always, Serena’s kindness and incredible tea brewing abilities allowed for the Bella Vitans to get through their last sail chat before the theory examinations. Of course, no sail would have been the same without sweet sweet, Lauren around. Always quiet and in a good mood, her ability to brighten up our day with her contagious little chuckle was essential for the crew. Finally, our ultimate team player Benji was always jumping up to the opportunity to help with anything on the boat trying to make everyone’s life easier by helping out. It certainly is sad to see everyone go, the crew of Bella Vita session 2 will be missed!

Posted: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Day 20- Race Day

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Ben C.
Today we started the day off with cereal and toilet scrubbing. Afterwards Smudge took me to Charming Elise to go over the race course. After, we returned to La Bella Vita and relayed the course to the rest of the crew. We raced and got 5th out of 9. That’s the best record for La Bella Vita ever. We are now at West End, relaxing on the dock, waiting for tonight’s BBQ.

Posted: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

Day 19- Chill Day

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Felipe D.
Today was a chill day. We were able to sleep in because we had to be out of Great Harbor at 10:15. After everyone woke up and the boat was ready to go we went across the channel to the capital of Tortola, Road Town. Over there we had some shore time and yummy food, followed by some fantastic Gelato. After we left Road Town we had a short but very fun sail to the Bight. On our sail over we talked, listened to good Spanish music, and saw a cargo ship unloading catamarans. Once we arrived we showered down below and ate some good cheddar broccoli pasta.

Posted: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

Finally At The Rhone

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Ivor D.
Today we dove the highly anticipated Rhone wreck. The day started with a quick breakfast of oatmeal and then we went right into the IYT tests for sailing. After we were shuttled by dinghy to the century old sail/steam boat, the Rhone. The Bella crew explored the stern section of the ship, which was blown up because it was deemed a safety hazard before it became a National Park. The propeller was still intact and we dove under it and through a passage underwater, which led to the rest of the wreck. The boat was still beautiful, even though it was in ruins. Incredible fish swam around us as we explored the coral covered vessel. After the wreck we took a flip flop hike on Salt Island, where the difference of the windward and leeward sides of the island were so eye opening, gasps were heard from everyone on the boat. We got back to the boat sweaty and sticky, so Smudge set up a rope swing by attaching the halyard to the out-haul and raising the boom, then swinging it out over the side of the boat an tying a rope to the end of the boom. We then sailed back to Great Harbor on Peter Island, where dinner was served. The squeeze question make people relive some of the funniest moments aboard Bella. The adventure aboard La Bella Vita is starting to wind down as day 19 approaches, but we are still having fun and are all looking back at what we have done with fondness.

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