BVI: Session 2 - Rossi II

Posted: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Staff Update Day 21

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Quin

As our journey together comes to a close, the entire boat is reflecting on the adventures we have had and making the most out of our final days on board Rossi. Skylar and Morgan decided to make mementos out of articles of clothing by having the entire crew sign them, which will remain close to their hearts in order to remember their time here. After three weeks of scuba diving everyone on board has finally received their Open Water certifications! Tash wrapped us the group I was diving with by inflating her Surface Marker Buoy and getting knighted as an official certified diver. She followed Diego and Mitch in the knighting process after concluding our last training dive. We all then got to finish up the summers diving by exploring the famous shipwreck of the RMS Rhone and seeing myriad beautiful fish. On the sailing side of our program, Ella and Alex both took control of the crew. They made sure that all of the jobs on board got done and the boat was sailed properly. After many races the crew really pulled together for the biggest of the session. Astrid did a great job working on sail trim to help the entire crew achieve our highest place in the entire trip. Our final night at sea ended with Gino and Tyler demonstrating their mooring skills by tying us on to the ball for a safe and comforting night sleep. In order to pick up the right ball Salome guided us right onto it and was able to hook it right out of the water, even when the skipper lost sight of it. They all showed amazing team work and skills that have been beautifully developed over the last 3 weeks. It has truly been amazing for Carolyn, Anna and I to see the growth of our shipmates over the last 3 weeks. The knowledge and experiences they gained should stay with them for the rest of their lives. It has been an amazing time and we will miss each and every one of you. See ya’ll soon!

Posted: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Day 20- The Big Race

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Morgan M.
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

Day 19

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Mitchell H.
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
Author: Ella B.
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.

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