BVI: Session 1 - Squeaky Brat

Posted: Tue, Jun 21, 2016

Day 7- A Week Gone By…

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Ethan R.
I can’t believe that a week of the best three weeks of my life have gone by already. A couple of my shipmates and I were only surviving off of 2-3 hours of sleep, but after a 15 minute power nap on the bow, we were ready to go. First, we got to go snorkeling in the mangroves. We saw baby barracudas, starfish, and we even got to touch a live sea cucumber! Next we got to sail Picos (mini-sail boats). My Pico-mate David and I capsized about 20 times . We went about into the channel and were surrounded by yachts 20 times our size! Next we got to learn about dive tables with Annie (AKA Mom), and she gave us a 15 minute break which = MVP!! Next we rode in Rhodes (regular sailboat). Our skipper was Patino, who knows more about origins of sailing than anyone I know. Tonight is the barbecue so I cant write about that right now.

Posted: Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Day 6- Sailing Rough Waters

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Ryan S.

I was jolted awake at 11pm and opened the hatch and stuck my head out. Everybody was running around, frantically taking clothes off the lines and attempting to prepare the boat for the incoming squall. The staff directed us down stairs, taking us out of the rain and wind above. All oblivious to what is happening on the outside. All we know is that there is a huge storm with lots of lightning. Its about midnight and at this point we are all nervous but we broke the tension with small talk and jokes. Finally we get out of the storm and got to go to bed. Today was a rotation day. We started with waterskiing/wake boarding. Our next station was tying knots. We then went to windsurfing where I found a conch shell the size of my head, containing an equally large (and freaky) hermit crab. The last station of the day was scuba diving. While diving we saw starfish, string rays, fish, and other sea creatures. It was an eventful day, but the previous night will be remembered for much longer (along with our 10 new inside jokes.) Every day is its own new adventure, and I cant wait to see what the next 14 days will hold.

Posted: Sun, Jun 19, 2016

Day 5- Arrival At The Baths

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: CT T.
Today was a day where we had to go sailing early to get to our destination, the Baths. We had to eat breakfast, which consisted of yogurt and bagels, on the go so we could arrive at the Baths early. But our cream cheese had gone bad and we had to get some new cream cheese from another boat as we were moving. We also had a water bottle that belonged to a person on the other ship and in the process the bottle was thrown overboard. We had to turn our boat around to get the water bottle. After a couple of tried we successfully got the water bottle and gave it back to its original owner. We then arrived at the Baths. The Baths is a rock formation that was used to wash the slaves that were passing through the BVI. There was a large rock that people could jump off and dive into the water, but we had to climb to get there. When we left I was responsible for steering the boat. The instructors also though this would be a perfect time to start tacking. While we were tacking David lost his hat. We turned the recovery of the had into a man overboard scenario. We were able to locate the hat and pick it up. We ended the day with our arrival at Vixen Point and for the very first time we put our anchor on the beach.

Posted: Sat, Jun 18, 2016

Day 4

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Allegra T.

Da quando sono qui alle Isole Vergini Britanniche ho scoperto che le giornate iniziano alle 5:30 quando sorge il sole, e finiscono intorno alle 8, quando tramonta.

solo il quarto giorno ma sembra che i nostri corpi si siano gi abituati a questo ritmo, e perci stamattina tutti svegli alle 6! Dopo aver fatto una colazione a base di frutta, noccioline, cereali e latte, ci siamo precipitati nei tender che qui chiamano docks utilizzati per lo scii e la tavola d acqua, stato divertente farlo, sopratutto essendo la prima volta per quasi tutti noi; e non so se stato meglio provare questo o fare windsurfing sulla riva di una bellissima spiaggia, con sabbia bianca e acqua cristallina. Ad essere sincera si rivelato essere uno sport che mi piace tantissimo e che so fare bene, e come me, molti di noi sono riusciti a prendere la giusta angolazione del vento, dopo averne prese parecchie sbagliate. In questo sport, dovete sapere, che non sono permessi errori e piccole distrazioni, senno rischi la deriva nell oceano..! Tornati alla nostra barca abbiamo pranzato velocemente con pane, tonno, affettati e salse di ogni genere, per poi tornare alle nostre attivit, e in questo caso lo sport stato un mix di cose conosciute e sconosciute insieme: dal punto di vista teorico era da due giorni che studiavamo tutti i pi piccoli particolari del diving, vedendo filmati, leggendo libri e facendo test; dal punto di vista pratico invece molti di noi ne erano completamente inconsci, stata una bella esperienza anche se ci siamo soffermati solo sugli esercizi e il linguaggio sottacqua. Infine ci hanno insegnato alcuni tipi di nodi e abbiamo guidato i gommoncini in giro per la baia. Ora mentre qualcuno si fa la doccia, e qualcun altro prepara la cena, io scrivo ciao a tutti!

Posted: Fri, Jun 17, 2016

Day 3- Longest Sail Of The Voyage

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Isabel W.
From the moment we woke up in the light of the sunrise filling our eyes at 6:15, today has been a great day! We started off the day with a delicious breakfast of blueberry muffins, fruit, and eggs. Once we were all finished eating and cleaning our dishes, together we prepped the boat for our longest sail of the trip. As the skipper for the day I got to man the helm for a while to keep us on track to Savanna Bay. We then heaved to for sandwiches underway during our sail. After a morning of sailing a yummy lunch, all of the energy was sucked out of us from our early morning. We all relaxed on the bow and midships in the afternoon. Once we were energized again we helped set up the jib sail for smooth sailing for the rest of the voyage to Savanna Bay. On the way we all had a dance party with pots and pans while jamming out to early 2000s hits and our favorite throwbacks. We finally made it to our sleeping destination after a six hour sail. Once we arrived, we set up the scuba gear and learned how to properly use it. Then after a long day we washed our hair then jumped in the ocean to get all the soap off. After a quick swim we rinsed with fresh water and got ready for dinner. Tonight we prepared cheesy Alfredo pasta with hot dogs. I can’t wait to eat what we made and get to know my amazing crew mates better. When the sun goes down we will set up our hammocks and cushions on the deck to sleep under the stars. So far our AQ voyage has been incredible, and we are all very excited to start scuba diving tomorrow! Can’t wait for the adventures to come!

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