BVI: Session 2 - Elowyn Sage
Posted: Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Day 20- End Of The Chapter, But Not The Book
Location: West End, Tortola
Today we woke up at a very crowded anchorage called the Bight. After oatmeal and cereal, I went to the skippers meeting about our race. We set sail against eight other boats at ten o’clock. We sailed hard straight for Road Town and after rounding the channel marker in Road Harbor we continued to Great Harbor, Peter Island, crossing the finish line in fifth place. Cleaning began on the motor back to West End. We all discovered some very disgusting nooks and crannies but the boat is looking beautiful.After docking with the whole AQ fleet, the BBQ commenced with fashion. As my shipmates and I stuffed ourselves, we began to realize that we might never see each other again. I could see glints of sadness in all of our eyes but I also saw all of the great memories that have been made these past three weeks. I will miss my shipmates dearly but I will always cherish the times we had together on board Elowyn Sage.
Posted: Sun, Jul 27, 2014
Day 19- Rhone Dive!
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today was a special day. It was our last “normal” day of this trip and we were all very sad about it. We were sad but we were also very excited for another thing: the dive of the Rhone! We had been explained many stories about this ship that sank so much time ago and when we went down we weren’t deceived, it was an amazing dive! It was also our first dive as official Open Water divers so we were allowed to take our cameras. We saw this great boat with all the life that has built around it; all the fish (some really big and beautiful fish), all the coral, etc.
After that we went to Salt Island, where the people that helped the ship used to live, and from where the Queen of England gets her salt! We were able to see all the salt lakes, and we did a tour through the whole island. It was really hot so we were happy when we had some nice showers. After that we sailed to where we were the first night off the dock and it was really nice to remember how many things we’ve lived together since that day. We did a review of the whole trip remembering the best parts of it and it was a bit nostalgic.
Afterwards the staff left to staff meeting so we had dinner alone. It was really fun, playing some good music and eating some nice food.
When the staff came back we did our evening activity together. We had to write a letter to every shipmate and staff member telling them the good things that they have. It was really difficult but also really interesting and I think it’s a great thing to do.
Posted: Sat, Jul 26, 2014
Day 18- A Gratifying Sail
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
After awaking from a peaceful overnight rest in hammocks, cabins and assorted places, the crew of E. Sage devoured pancakes that fueled the watersport activities of the early morning. Following a delightful morning of shredding the ocean, we maneuvered this amazing vessel to capture 20 knots of wind and take us to Road Town, the capital of Tortola. With a few hours on shore, many of us shipmates enjoyed gelato along with burgers in paradise. With the relaxing section of the day over, we sailed back to the same place we slept last night and ate a dinner compiled of breakfast ingredients. All the shipmates then sang Christmas carols during the cleanup process. As the music winds down and cleanup finishes, we prepare for our IYT (International Yacht Training) theory tests. Many of us will struggle to relax because the exciting thought of diving the RMS Rhone dwells in the back of our minds.
Posted: Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Day 17- The Race
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we woke up to a dear blue sky. We were then served a 5 star meal of cereal by our chefs Diane and Sunny. We then set sail for West End, the port where it all started. We all bought cheeseburgers and pizzas for lunch and then we went grocery shopping for personal snacks for the boat. Some people picked up items that would help them remember the great times we had at the bay. While heading back to the boat, the other skippers and I were pulled aside to talk about the first race of the session. We lost. But it was still incredibly fun. Matt and Nick tried to dance. Some other people and I sat on the bow and got splashed by the waves. After the race all of the boats found a place to anchor and ate some Mexican food. After cleanup we will head to Lifeworks, ending this day.
Posted: Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Day 14- Broad Reach to Tortola
Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Today when we woke up it was a breakfast underway to Muskmelon Bay. Once we got to Muskmelon Bay we Pico sailed and watched a video about Anna’s grandparents and their sailing adventures, which was awesome. Also today was the certifying dive for us but I didn’t do it because I am sick (but that’s not a problem because Matt took me to the doctor so I’ll feel better very soon). When I got back it was dinner time and we had rice, chicken and vegetables. Mike had dinner on our boat and we had a nice cards activity which let us get more personal as shipmates. Now we are preparing for sail chat and hanging out.