BVI: Session 2 - Rossi II
Posted: Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Staff Update Day 21
Location: West End, Tortola
Final Video Update for Session 2 BVI
Location: British Virgin Islands
We wrap up our final week with our students putting their newly earned sailing certifications to the test in 3 races while still making time for some amazing diving on the famous wreck of the RMS rhone and a trek to the top of Mt. Sage, the highest point in the BVI. Our students reflect on their experience and the amazing relationships they developed over the past 3 weeks.
Posted: Mon, Jul 27, 2015
Day 20- The Big Race
Location: West End, Tortola
Today we woke up around 6:30-7am, ate cereal and oatmeal, cleaned up, got unhooked off the mooring ball, motored out of the harbor to meet with the other eight boats at the starting line and I was skipper of the day so I started out the helm first with Diego and Skylar, Ella on the main halyard, Gino on the main sheet, and Tash and Alex on the lazy jacks. Smudge started the count down over the radio — 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, go! Then all 9 boats raised the jib sheets as fast as possible then within five to ten seconds every boat was heeled over to port side. The race took about two hours and we ended in eight place but we tried our hardest and we worked great as friends. It feels like we’re a close family now. After that we cleaned the whole boat while motoring back to West End where we started out on day one. Tonight we’re going to have a BBQ.
Posted: Sun, Jul 26, 2015
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today we had some incredible pancakes with Nutella and chips ahoy in them! After that we had our last chance to wakeboard and ski. After that we sailed to the capital of the BVI, Road Town, where we all got lunch at Pusser’s. After that we split up and me and some friends went to an ice cream shop. Then after that I went to the grocery store to buy some Gatorade. The short time we had in Road Town was very fun. Then we got back on the boat and sailed for a few hours to the Bight which is where we will stay for the night. Then was writing a letter about each person on the boat that points out their good qualities. Then we will give all of these cards to the person they belong to at the end of the trip. Each person comes up with 13 cards pointing out the things about them. I finished at 10:45 and set up my hammock under the stars and fell right asleep. It’s so hard to believe that in less than 48 hours I’m gonna be home and not with the people I’ve been living with for 21 days. I’m going to miss everyone so much!
Posted: Sat, Jul 25, 2015
Day 18- A Great Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
This morning started nice and early with the sunrise. We got up and got everything ready for us to move Rossi over towards the Rhone wreck. We got over there and anchored so we could hop into Rescue to drive over to Zourite to get our dive gear ready for our last dive of the session. During the dive, of the stern section of the boat, we found the lucky porthole and a whole bunch of marine life. The lucky porthole belonged to one of the few survivors of the wreck. We saw a huge lobster, multiple trumpetfish and trunkfish. The dive was challenging because of the strong current we had to swim against. After the dive we took our IYT certification test! All of us passed! Then we motored over to a dock on Salt Island to see the salt ponds, which have a lot of history behind them. For the settlers of the island, in order to live there, they had to give the Queen of England one pound of salt each year. They stopped for a while and just started again this month. The view was amazing and the island beautiful. After the walk to the top we went back to the boat to sail back to Peter Island. But before we did that we took the halyard off the sail and swung from the top of the bimini into the water- it was so much fun! Then we motor-sailed back with our jib out. After we got back to the harbor we ate dinner. We had breakfast for dinner and then tonight we are going to watch a movie and then hit the hay. Today was one of the days we have had the most fun together as a boat.