BVI: Session 2 - Aeolus

Wing on Wing

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Tyler P.
Today we started off the day by getting ready to sleep in late. We all got the boat ready to go and we had oatmeal for breakfast. After breakfast, we double checked to make sure the boat was 40/40 and that we were 100% ready to take off. We motored around a mile or so to port and ate lunch. After lunch, we assigned each other groups to get different snacks. I enjoyed being at port because I was able to listen to music on my phone. After we got back on the boat we made sure that everything was ready to go and launched. Once we motored out of Gorda Sound we raised sail and headed downwind. After around 20 minutes we raised the headsail. At this point, we were sailing on a beam reach and we were traveling around 4-6 knots. Eventually, we went on a dead run and got to go wing on wing. Wing on wing is when you are making a dead run downwind and you switch the headsail to the opposite side as the main. This causes the sails to catch more wind and pull the boat faster. At this point, we were traveling around 8 knots. We sailed over to a quiet little bay and set anchor. After we anchored we all took showers and had Mexican food for dinner. Later in the night, we all talked about our lives and the important things in them/how we think we should live our lives. Later we went to bed.

Posted: Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Vixen Point

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Nathan M.
Today was a turbo fun day. We ate some frosted flakes in the morning and they were grrrrreat. Then we went small boat sailing and I killed the race with a mad skipper named Tyler. We then tried our last hand at windsurfing. Next, we traveled to a boat called Sambamba and learned about how crazy important coral is and furthered our education on environmental protection. Then we had some bomb chicken salad for lunch before heading off for some Rhodes boats. We sailed around North Sound for a while and practiced our man overboard drill skills. We then lost to Ian in a race which was slated for him because his description was too complicated. Next, we went and chilled as a boat in the water and played games on the beach. We then prepped the boat for the BBQ. Overall it was a crazy cool day!

Posted: Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Day After the Storm

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Si M.
After sleeping in from a storm that occurred the night before, we were awoken to the wonderful scent of French toast made by our chefs. Following that amazing breakfast, we got on a small dinghy to go to another ActionQuest boat and pick up what we needed to prepare for snorkeling near the mangroves, where we saw fire corals, schools of fish, and a baby barracuda. As we came back to our boat we dispersed into two groups where we went waterskiing, kneeboarding, and wakeboarding. When we got back we worked on knot tying before jumping into the sea for a shower. After our shower, we all came together for a talk about scuba diving followed by a short quiz on what we learned. By the time everyone finished their quiz it was time to start preparing for dinner. We had veggie burgers, mashed potatoes, and beans. Then we cleaned the deck and went down below to watch a movie called White squall.

Posted: Wed, Jul 12, 2017

First Port of Call

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Santiago N.
Today we woke up at 5:30 after getting drenched in the rain last night. I navigated the crew to the Baths, where we all explored and swam through the rock labyrinths. Later I led the crew to the Spanishtown dock, making difficult maneuvers look easy. At Spanishtown we all had burgers and wings and finished the meal with some ice cream. Then everybody waved goodbye to Spanishtown. Then I navigated through the open sea for two hours where a new record speed of 10.3 knots was achieved. Then we arrived at Gorda Sound, where Captain Ian and I performed a “Mediterranean mooring” with surprising ease. After we had some delicious pasta for dinner and then had a sail chat. It was a really great day. Excited for tomorrow and then next time I get to skipper.

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