BVI: Session 2 - Wind Shadow
Posted: Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
Today was so much fun! We woke up to one of the 14 songs on the playlist (we know almost all the words to every one of them). We then had yummy breakfast of eggs and yogurt. We each made friendship bracelets on either our ankles or wrists, by tying the Turk’s Head knot (although some of us failed). Afterwards, we learned about all the different fish and coral we might see when scuba diving. After a lunch of vegetable soup and chicken, we went on our scuba dive to finally get certified! Yay! A lot of us saw angelfish and butterfly fish. One group even saw an eel and a stingray. Then we went in our dinghy (Rango) to the boat so we could sail to the beach for a BBQ! We all had a blast eating burgers and hot dogs while relaxing in the sand. I can’t wait for tomorrow!
Posted: Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Jake Sparrow Training
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Today was a big sail day. The first few hours of the day we had nothing to do, as our staff members were gone at a staff meeting. However, after that, Jake came, and as I was skipper I was at the helm and helped steer the boat. After that, we learned about man overboard drills and how to rescue someone who has fallen overboard. We threw a fender named Dale overboard and practiced pointing at it and steering the boat toward it as well as counting the distances between the Wind Shadow and the fender. We also practiced steering the boat based on what direction the wind moved as well as trying to memorize the names of the directions boats move in comparison to the wind.
Posted: Tue, Jul 18, 2017
Sailing Practice and a Funny Dinner
Location: Marina Cay
As the other days, we started the work early putting some cereals, fruits and milk on the table at 7am for our breakfast! After a good clean up of the dishes, we raised our anchors and left Mountain Point to a good sailing practice. With our sails up we practiced a lot of skills such as tacking, jibing, proper easing and coiling of the lines; we also saw what happens if you don’t do a proper jibe (it’s not good). After some practice we headed to Marina Cay and fueled up our tanks (water and diesel), then we anchored our boat and our dinghy took us to Trellis Bay and we had some free time to buy some snacks and souvenirs. We had about 2 hours to do so and then at 16h we went back to our boat and showered. We had dinner and some really awkward and funny stories.
Posted: Mon, Jul 17, 2017
Scuba Duba Doo
Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Breakfast was some yummy yogurt and bagels, which and Ryan ate with butter and honey, not sure if that’s yummy or not. Cleanup was fast because next was Pico sailing as well as waterskiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding. The wind was fantastic and led to some Pico racing, which was Ronnie and Ryan vs Joao and Ty (not sure if anyone actually won.) Some capsized and maybe turtled or two, occurred all in good fun. Speeding along the ocean in a colorful Pico with a good friend is the definition of a perfect day. Next was lunch. Some yummy buttery delicious grilled cheese which was chewed down instantly. Not going to name names but a certain person even ate 6 and a half which was very impressive. After lunch, we all suited up for our first open dive! After a nice quick buddy check, we all hopped in the water, ready to learn and explore. The current was STRONG giving us all a good underwater workout. We descended about 25-30 feet underwater and it was SO COOL. Skills were learned, the air was used, fish were seen, and then a quick rain storm hit us but it was incredibly peaceful. After a long eventful day, filled with laughs and smiles, we all sat down for an amazing and incredibly filling Thanksgiving dinner with Minna, Director Mikes mom, who was so sweet and kind. We ended the day with a stunning sunset.
Posted: Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Day nine started bright and early (like normal) with our usual morning wake-up music. Everyone was informed of their daily duties, then breakfast was started. Today we were spoiled with an amazing breakfast burrito. After, we got to learn about our daily activities starting with wakeboarding. Then our last confined water dive followed by an amazing white bean soup for lunch which helped us warm up after the dive. We then had a quick cleanup and have an amazing navigational boat talk that Jake led. He showed us some important parts of the boats, how to work and also how to fit them. Then after, we watched an inspirational movie about a girl who sailed around the world by herself. Following that, we had time to hang out. This consisted of sunbathing and workouts (Ryan and myself). Dinner was chicken Caesar salad with risotto. After, we had our daily squeeze. The squeeze is always my personal favorite part of the day. We always get together and talk and grow closer like a family. At the end of the day, we had a final scuba chat with a scuba exam. And finally, we all got to go to bed after an amazingly good day.