BVI: Session 2 - La Bella Vita
Posted: Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Staff Update Day 21
Location: West End, Tortola
Final Video Update for Session 2 BVI
Location: British Virgin Islands
We wrap up our final week with our students putting their newly earned sailing certifications to the test in 3 races while still making time for some amazing diving on the famous wreck of the RMS rhone and a trek to the top of Mt. Sage, the highest point in the BVI. Our students reflect on their experience and the amazing relationships they developed over the past 3 weeks.
Posted: Mon, Jul 27, 2015
Day 20- Race Day
Location: West End, Tortola
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
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
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.