BVI: Session 3 - La Bella Vita

Posted: Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Sandy Spit

Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Author: Jackson C.
Today was another great day in paradise. We started the day early to the same music is always that we have memorized morning after morning. We pulled up our anchor and raised our sails and we were off. Almost as soon as the sails were up Shona threw our man overboard dummy into the ocean and the boat sprung into action to save our fender from the waves. Once we hauled it back into the boat we did it again, and again, and again. We had done it so many times we can do it sleeping. Now that this drill was implanted into our minds forever, we decided it was time to get going. With all the boys on the jib sheets, we unfolded our headsail and sailed onto Sandy Spit. Once we arrived we dropped two anchors and everyone breathed a sigh of relief as we took off our PFDs and jumped into the water. After a day in the heat, the water felt like ice. We pushed our boom all the way out and tied a rope swing to the end. After about an hour of swinging, diving, and flipping, we all climbed in the dinghy and went to the beach. As we all got ready for the barbecue we had the realization that our trip was coming to a close. We are all having the greatest time and don’t want this trip to end. date:Aug 10, 2017

Posted: Thu, Aug 10, 2017


Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Author: Alexandra A.
Dear parents, today was freaking sick! We all woke up to the same morning playlist we do every day (includes Pokmon theme song). After a late night of fun and games, everyone took a while to wake up. After a breakfast of Cheerios, we all went to change for the day. Unfortunately, there was a problem. We’ve been wearing the same clothes for a few days due to a laundry delay. Even though we had a lack of clothes, the day was a blast. We learned to tie Turk’s Head knots and everyone made anklets. Next, we did Pico sailing and wakeboarding/waterskiing/kneeboarding. While we were having a morning of fun, Nate went turtle tagging and he apparently had a blast, which everyone was incredibly jealous of. But to our luck, we saw a sea turtle pop up beside our boat during lunch. Then we went diving and everyone got open water certified! Woohoo! We then learned about coral and we all got our coral reef conservation specialty! Eventful day, right! We finally huddled up for Thanksgiving dinner and relayed what we are thankful for. Adios, Alex. date: Aug 9, 2017

Posted: Wed, Aug 9, 2017

Longest Sailing Day Ever

Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Author: Rayyan A.
Today was a really long day. We started it off with some tasty pancakes and maple syrup. After that, we raised our anchors and sails and took off. It was quite difficult for me to control the boat while sailing because I had never been behind a sailboat’s steering wheel ever. I also had to give all the commands to my peers, which was quite stressful because half of the time I had no idea what I was doing. We sailed for about five hours which was very exhausting. During those five hours, we practiced our man overboard drills, where we threw a fender named Bernard into the water and had to sail without an engine and rescue Bernard from the water without jumping in. We did that exercise over 20 times! When we finally arrived at Muskmelon Bay we had refreshing showers and a beautiful dinner while staring at the breathtaking sunset. Today was really long but was fun and was a good experience. Now we are having a sail chat. date:Aug 8, 2017

Posted: Tue, Aug 8, 2017

Day 9

Location: Marina Cay
Author: AJ P.
Today was wild! We woke up today at Mountain Point. The girls woke up early so they decided to wake the guys up. It was a pleasant wakeup but none of the guys wanted to wake up. After we all got up we were waiting for breakfast. The smell of blueberry muffins came our way and we knew breakfast was ready. After we finished breakfast and the cleanup we all got ready to go on our 3rd dive at a group of islands called The Dogs. We were doing an engine check and found out the engine was broken. We had to sail off of the anchor which was difficult but it went well. Once we got there we had to connect to a mooring ball. They couldn’t fix the engine so we just went to the dive site. After the dive, we got on the boat and it started raining. We got back to our boat and started sailing to Marina Cay. When we started it started to storm. Shona, Mike, and Hannah started sailing by themselves during the storm and sent us down below. We started playing music and hanging out. Once we fooled around and danced before we knew it we were here at Marina Cay. Mike the director came to our boat and fixed the engine. We went to the port and stayed at the Pusser’s store. We came back and it started storming again. We came back to the boat and started playing cards and had dinner. After dinner, we had the best singalong with some old songs. date: Aug 7, 2017

First Open Water Dive

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Kyle M.
We woke up at Mountain Point to the smell of bagels for breakfast. After a lovely breakfast with my Bella Vita family, we started our day with some waterskiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding. I, along with Jackson, was able to jump the wake on a wakeboard, while AJ and Declan did 360s on a kneeboard. Nate, on the other hand, saw a ray jump five feet in the air right in front of him. He then got up slalom skiing for the first time this week. We then returned to Bella where we sailed Picos. Then came the hard part. Today was our scuba final exam. After about two hours of struggle, we all were able to pass and go on our first open water dive. We suited up and hopped in. We saw some pretty amazing fish and coral, including multiple rays. Nate was lucky enough to see a shark while snorkeling. We came back just in time for an amazing dinner, along with an even more amazing sunset, which ended a perfect day. date: Aug 6, 2017

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