BVI: Session 1 - Squeaky Brat

Posted: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

Staff Update Day 21

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Patrick
We are now coming to the end of our program, which is very sad. It is amazing how much this group has blossomed from the start. The past 20 days have definitely been a journey for us all, with Fritz in the galley saving almost every meal cooked. As I write this I have Soleil on the helm with full sails up in 20 knots sailing us to the Bight, something I could only have dreamed of from the start. Maria and Soleil always wanted to helm and did a great job of that. Anna and Simone constantly kept us entertained with their dance parties and Jonathan as a DJ. We had the race from West End to Peter Island in which we got a hard fought second place. This was definitely succeeded as a team, but special mentions go out to our two helmsmen Fritz and Nick who had to go through 2 straight hours of listening to me telling them where to go. Yesterday we had our qualified PADI scuba divers Miranda, Dyugu, Zach and Fritz dive on of the most famous wrecks in the world, the RMS Rhone. It is hard to put into words how proud I am of all our shipmates. They have excelled so much from the day they stepped onto this boat. Kelly, Gwen and I are so proud of them and sad to see this session come to an end.

Posted: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

Day 20

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Simone M.
I started the day at 7 am with a skippers meeting on the directors boat, Charming Elise. During the meeting we found out what we would be doing and where we would be going. Today was race day. We sailed from Norman Island to Road Town. I helmed for most of the time and then let Jonathan take over. Even though we came in second to last it was a really fun race. Once the race was completed we proceeded to West End. On the way to West End we were all assigned jobs to clean the boat before we arrived at the dock. When we got to the dock we did dishes and then we were able to snag some shore time until 5. Tonight we will be having our last BBQ, which should be a ton of fun. Thanks for the best trip!

Posted: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

Day 17- A Fast Day

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Fritz G.
The sun rose over Sandy Spit early this morning as everyone woke up for a long tough day of racing to the West End of Tortola, and after a short stop over we resumed racing with a long haul to Peter Island. As everyone woke up Patrick and I ran off to our skipper’s meeting where race courses and rules were explained. Shortly afterward all of the boats were lined up for a sprint race sailing to West End on a beam reach the whole time. After 45 minutes of sailing the race was decided and we finished 4th. Right after the race ended we pulled into West End to get food, water, gas and lunch. With full stomachs everyone jumped back onto the boat for the marathon leg which took around two hours. We sailed from Tortola to Peter Island. Every boat lined up parallel into the wind and then the countdown began after the VHF radio when it hit zero. Every boat rushed over the line in a rush. After the mad scramble we came out on top and were out there for a while, but as the fleet began to spread out we fell back to third, but eventually closer to the finish we managed to pass one of the boats that pulled ahead but the boat holding first, Zourite, was too fast and we weren’t able to make up for lost ground and pulled into Peter Island in second, which everyone was happy with. After anchoring everyone was eager to get in the water to swim, which was a lot of fun, which made everyone very hungry and luckily it was Mexican night. After some antics during dinner everyone was pretty content with our long, fast day of racing.

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