BVI: Session 2 - Aeolus

Posted: Mon, Jul 24, 2017

Racing Alongside Dolphins

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Santiago N.
Today we woke up and realized that we had gotten new shipmates onboard. They were from a dive boat and we had been pranked, but they happily joined our crew. After the oatmeal for breakfast, the big and little skippers came together on “The Equipment Boat” to design a race. The first race of the day was a downwind sprint from Sandy Cay to West End. Portlandia confidently won that race while we came in fifth. After docking, we all spent some time on shore and stocked up on snacks and got some delicious ice cream. At twelve thirty the skippers had another meeting regarding the second race. The second race was an upwind race from West End to Peter Island. The wind was blowing really hard so we decided to put two reefs in the jib. We had some trouble along the way since our boat doesn’t point as high as the other boats, but we managed to hold a good position. In the first leg of the race, we started to see some gray spots on our starboard side. Then we realized that we were being joined by dolphins. Everybody got ultra excited. Then the dolphins surfaced and jumped right next to us, which was truly magical. The race lasted about 2 1/2 hours and Bella Vita took the trophy. We came again in fifth place. Then we anchored and made a boom swing and we all backflipped from it. Today was a great day even though we didn’t get great results on the races. We are all super hyped for tomorrow since we get to dive the wreck of the Rhone!

Posted: Sun, Jul 23, 2017

Slime Rock

Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Author: Tyler P.
This morning we woke up and had French toast for breakfast. After we cleaned up we got the ship prepared to set sail. We raised sail at the mooring ball and sailed out of the bay. Today was the day of our sailing practical so everyone got to sail. First, we did a drill where we had to go to certain points of sail and tack and jibe. After that, we had our knot test for which we had to be able to tie seven different knots. Once we were done with that we ate lunch and did some man overboard drills. When we were all done we anchored on a little beach. While we were walking around the beach we found a rock that was very slippery and got crashed by waves so you can slide around on it. We came back to the boat, ate dinner, and then went to a Lifeworks Forum to conclude the day.

Busiest/Best Day

Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
Author: Alice R.
We were briefed on a chaotic day that would be day 15 in the evening of day 14. We voted for a time to wake up and 5:30 AM was the winner. Mo woke us up with a glorious rendition of Sweet Home Alabama. After a briefing consisting of behavior, safety, and directions, we set off on the 7-mile hike up and down Mount Sage, the tallest point in all of the Virgin Islands, located on the island of Tortola. For Chris it took 39 minutes to reach the top, others, two hours. Following the hot and sweaty hike, people rewarded themselves with ice cream and lunch. A few hours later a sandcastle building contest commenced. Our boat chose to make an ancient AQ logo with a compass rose on it. At this time the winner of the contest is unknown. Currently, a barbecue at Sidney’s Peace and Love is soon to begin. Overall it was simultaneously the busiest and most exciting day of the session so far.

Posted: Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Sail Training

Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Author: Christopher S.
When you wake up to apple cinnamon Quaker Oats oatmeal, you know that that day will be a great day. After enjoying a super yummy breakfast, we set out to sail the day away practicing maneuvers and taking in the gorgeous scenery. Everyone performed amazingly! Acting with confidence and showing clear signs of seamanship behind their hands. Just after, we moored for lunch and as we were cleaning up one of our washers accidentally fell into the water! She was laughing as she got out because she joked around about falling in doing her job previously. Finishing the day we reviewed our scuba tests, had a sail chat, and enjoyed a great bunch of Thai food with high hopes of what’s to come tomorrow!

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