BVI: Session 1 - Sailing Curls
Posted: Sun, Jul 2, 2017
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
The beautiful sun peeked over the horizon and woke us up. The crew and I had cereal and oatmeal for breakfast. My shipmates and I talked about the race and began the first race. Unfortunately, we did not do very well. Although we did beat Erocibar, with whom we had a bet. Later on, we all had shore time at West End. Then we started the second race where we had to beat up wind to Great Harbor on Peter Island. Next, we had Mexican night where we had to try and beat the staff’s cleanup time. Overall, we had a fun and exciting day.
Posted: Sat, Jul 1, 2017
Week 2 Video Update from the BVIs
Location: British Virgin Islands
It’s been another busy week in the BVI. Marine Bio research and Rescue Diver training are in full force, most students are now certified scuba divers and many are working hard towards their IYT sailing certifications! We’re now over half way through the trip and some of our students share their experiences so far. #LifeActivated
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Today definitely makes the list for one of the best days so far. We had a sweet start with a batch of Nutella French toast and the famous lemonade mix. Once we finished cleaning up and departed the dock of Sidney’s, we set sail for a long-awaited day of sailing practicals. Round after round we performed man overboard scenarios until we picked up our beloved fender. Lunch couldnt come soon enough, when we finally anchored on the gorgeous Sandy Spit island we devoured chicken salad sandwiches and got ready for our next adventure of the day. After yet another layer of sunscreen, we got to go and explore the island. We spent the rest of the day on the mesmerizing beach and played in the waves. Our staff basically had to rip us off of the island to get us to come back to our boat. We were excited for dinner after such an exciting and eventful day. Shower time and clean up were spent singing and dancing. After our delicious dinner of rice and hot dogs, we headed over to an inspiring Lifeworks talk led by Mike. Now we are laughing about our favorite parts of the day and hoping that tomorrow’s adventures will bring as much fun and laughter as today’s adventures have.
Posted: Fri, Jun 30, 2017
Climbing the Tallest Mountain
Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
Today we started our day in Cane Garden Bay. After a quick breakfast, we headed on land to hike up Mt. Sage, the tallest mountain in the Virgin Islands. After the hike, which lasted about 4 hours, we stayed on shore for lunch by the beach. Next, we headed to Sandy Cay where we made a turtle in the sand castle contest. After spending some time on the beach, we headed to the boat to get on our way. We are now docked by Sidney’s Peace and Love, ready for our third BBQ!
Posted: Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Certifications at Last!
Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
The rumble of the engine awoke the blear-eyed crew as the sun rose over the horizon. Certifications would be handed out after dives were completed. The advanced open water divers descended 70 feet into Muskmelon Bay. Because of the water pressure, we were able to crack an egg underwater without breaking the yolk apart. Meanwhile the open water divers finished their dives, becoming official divers. We then joined Erocibar for some waterskiing and knots. Early evening we enjoyed a gentle sail down to Cane Garden Bay for a meal with Mike the director!