BVI: Session 3 - Squeaky Brat

Posted: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

Race Day!

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Mike M.
Today was an awesome day! It started off at 5am with a short dinghy ride to watch the sunrise, which was amazing, even though we got surprised with some rain. Then we had a delicious breakfast of oatmeal. Followed by a skippers meeting for me, while my crew prepared the boat. For the first race we were seated 7th in line. We worked together to pull out the jib, being one of the first boats out of the line finishing in 5th place, which we were all very excited about. Once we got our sails down we grabbed a mooring ball and grabbed a quick bite to eat. We were back on Bella by 1:30 ready to begin our second race. Lining up third for this race, my mates, Derek, Josh and Ian helped Bella come in 4th for this race. During this race we all sat up on the high side listening to music. After getting down our sails for the second time today it was time to anchor and being making a Mexican feast. Once we finished dinner, it was time for Aaron, Linda and Karl to attempt to beat our clean up time. Our time was 15:33 with 2 penalties, they put up a good fight but they fell second behind our fast time. Currently we are all sitting on the bow eating Derek’s Fig Newtons. We are all trying to make the best of our last days together as a team.

Posted: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

Back Where We Started

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Mike M.
We woke up this morning after a very late night of writing our program reflections. Some of us were up until 3am writing, while others gave up far earlier and agreed to finish them today.
After a breakfast consisting of pancakes and crepes we quickly prepared to go on shore and work with Thurman. Thurman lives and owns large portions of Peter Island and has established a system of self sustainment. After rushing into the dinghies, we found that he unfortunately had to work today and was unable to work with us.
However, not all was lost, Peter Island is also home to the very exclusive Peter Island Resort, a top choice in many bridal magazines. We compared the lifestyles of the resort and Thurman and discussed the influence of urbanization on the British Virgin Islands. Afterwards we returned to the boats and went for a nice swim. We saw yellow-tail tuna as well as many types of coral. For lunch we enjoyed chicken and tuna salad… Delicious! We then embarked on the second to last sail to Norman Island. As we raised the sail many alternative personalities were revealed including Cletus, the country gentleman and Charlie, the Redneck genius. After the short sail, we started dinner, Cheesy-Broccoli Pasta, while the staff attended a meeting. We ate and ended with the Squeeze. Today was yet another perfect day in paradise.

Day 16- Last Day And 2nd Place

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Noelle A.
Today we woke up at 6:30 and ate breakfast. After cleanup Beezeey, Anna J. and I left to go to a meeting before the big race. When the race started we held first for a while, but at the end we placed second. After the race everyone had to clean the cabins and get everything ready to give the boats back to the company they are chartered from. When we arrived we cleaned the whole boat bow to stern, then hung out on shore before the BBQ.

Posted: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

Day 15- Lazy Day

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Lindsey L.
Today was a very relaxed day. We did lots of things, but not as much as the usual. First we woke up to water sports first thing! Before breakfast! It was really fun even though it was really choppy. Then we ate and sailed over to Road Town, the major city in Tortola! It was super big but was a lot of fun. We stayed there for a while, then sailed back to the Bight on Norman Island. On the way back we passed Changes while sailing and Antonio threw a cookie to Changes and one of their shipmates caught it! The staff left for a meeting so the shipmates had the boat to ourselves, and of course we were perfect, except for the part where the spatula broke in half and we dropped a lid, cheese grater, and plate into the water… But overall pretty good! As I said it was a day where we didn’t do much, but it was still active as always!

Posted: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

Day 14- Last Dive

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Patrick H.
Today we had an early start as we had to pull up the anchor and set sail to a shipwreck called the Rhone. We arrived after a short trip upwind. We all had a quick swim and dive off the boat and then got ready to head towards the shipwreck. Most people scuba dived down to see the Rhone, but some also snorkeled as it’s not too deep and visibility was clear. It was amazing to see an actual shipwreck, and everyone really enjoyed their last dive. After this we all walked around Salt Island, the island next to the Rhone. It was a beautiful clear day and there were some stunning views. We also visited the graveyard on the island for those who died when the Rhone smashed against Salt Island in 1867. Then later at night we all sat down to dinner and it really hit how soon we have until it ends.

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