BVI: Session 3 - La Bella Vita

Posted: Sun, Aug 6, 2017

The Barracudas of the BVI

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Declan R.
We awoke to the smell of freshly cooked cookie-brownies coming from the stove below. After a night of dancing and partying at the BBQ, followed by a deep sleep, the “brownookies” were exactly what we needed to begin our day. Our surprise breakfast treat was followed by a very informative and interesting dive chat, where we learned about the very important role of the dive chart, a tedious but vital part of diving. After completing our quizzes we docked our boat in the small town of Leverick Bay. It was here where we were able to call our families and friends and eat food. The town of Leverick Bay was fun, but it was not long until we lifted our sails and continued onward to our next destination. We each took turns at the helm steering through choppy blue waves, jibing, and tacking. While the helmsman directed our course, the rest of us showed off our “guns,” pulling in sheets and lines and listening to music. Halfway through our journey Heather was taken away on a dinghy so that she could complete a makeup dive. She was returned to us just as we dropped anchor for the night. It was perfect timing because just as she arrived a massive “Cuda” swam under our boat. Diner, as usual, was incredible: burritos. But it was the cleanup that was eventful. A water fight broke out between Chrissy and AJ, and soon Rayyan was caught up in it as well. Within moments everyone was drenched in soapy water. The commotion came to an end however as we noticed the five massive barracudas swimming around our boat. We were told by Shona that this was due to the bits of food in the water and the boat lights, but we insisted that the “Cudas” were drawn towards our muscle and just wanted to join the “bro session.” I could not imagine a more “Cuda” filled day. Now, as our day comes to an end, we are cuddling up to watch a good movie. I hope you enjoyed a day through a skipper’s eyes. date:Aug 5, 2017

Posted: Sat, Aug 5, 2017

Day 6

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Natalie M.
Day six began as our voyage days usually do, early and with the same six or so song playlist that we’ve all got about half memorized by now. Breakfast included a scrumptious selection of cereals, and was followed by a jam-packed morning filled with a lengthy yet interesting dive chat and some Pico sailing and windsurfing. It just so happened that the boat my fellow shipmate Alex and I were in became so lodged with water, we could no longer sail! That was… an experience. Lunch included soup, crackers, and hot sauce. Unfortunately, our skipper missed lunch and we had forgotten to save her some! All the shipmates felt terrible, but a quickly made sandwich helped solve the problem. While washing dishes we realized a few had fallen in the water. Hannah dove down and managed to pick up some cutlery, a bowl, and a cheese grater which had been missing while we were cooking lunch. After lunch all the shipmates went out wakeboarding, waterskiing, and kneeboarding. Kyle, Alex, and Jackson perfected their wakeboarding skills while Chrissy and Declan shredded the wake on their kneeboards. We quickly jumped into snorkeling after that, and saw several baby barracudas (our ship-fish) and raced back to where our boats were anchored. This evening we’re about to head off to the beach BBQ, which we are all excited to attend so we can meet up with friends from other boats! It’s been an amazing six days so far, and I can’t wait for the ten or so more to come! date:Aug 4, 2017

Posted: Fri, Aug 4, 2017

Final Confined Water Dive

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Russell L.
Today we had French toast for breakfast. After cleanup, we spent a few hours rotating between watersports such as waterskiing, kneeboarding, and wakeboarding, and learning how to tie knots. Next, we completed confined water dives four and five. From there we proceeded to dry off and consume our lunch and then spent some time on lessons about sailing. After, we departed from Mountain Point and sailed to Vixen Point. We have anchored ourselves in a raft with one boat on our port side, and another soon to anchor on our starboard. Dinner is currently being prepared, specifically pasta and biscuits. During sailing class, we learned mainly about parts of the ship (including the sail) and wind/sail mechanics. Although unsure about other groups, my diving group saw a sea slug of some sort. It was a productive and fun day. date: Aug 3, 2017

Posted: Thu, Aug 3, 2017

August 2nd, 2017

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Chrissy L.
This morning I woke up with a beautiful view off a fabulous boat with amazing people. Alex tapped my face because I wouldn’t wake up. Even though I was so tired, I totally wanted to get up and talk to all my shipmates. For some reason I always look forward to the night when we all come together and talk. I love getting to know everyone with similar interests and such kind-hearted shipmates and staff. We all do so much together and do such amazing things that will last a lifetime. Getting to do all these things like diving, sailing, and watersports, last forever. I’m so happy to be surrounded with such great people that are my age. Today we went to climb rocks and go in caves. It was so cool even though I’m such a klutz. We all went to shore and to the Chez Bamboo restaurant. It was so nice to spend some time with everyone. After we ate we walked to go get ice cream, all the girls stayed together. After we ate we walked to the boat, took some photos, and began to sail. I was skipper, so I basically controlled the boat. I was honestly so scared because I never controlled a massive boat. I’m so happy Hannah helped out because I wouldn’t know what to do. Overall it was a great day. date:Aug 2, 2017

Posted: Wed, Aug 2, 2017

Rotation Day

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Nathan H.
Today was our first rotation day of the trip. We sailed Picos, windsurfed, waterskiing, and scuba dived. Today, instead of scuba diving, I went with GoBeyond and built a garden box with an irrigation system. When we met up for lunch we had deli sandwiches and PB+J. Wakeboarding and waterskiing was extremely fun. For some of us it was our first time. For others it was their first time scuba diving. They learned about signals and air management. Today was a very eventful day and it feels like the program is really getting started. date:Aug 1, 2017

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