BVI: Session 1 - Midnatt Solen

Posted: Wed, Jun 22, 2016

Day 8- Pico Sailing

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Zack
Today we woke up tired after the party last night because we stayed up late hanging out together. We first went off on a dinghy to watch a reef conservation video, however, we finished early and watched a movie. After we moved on to what was truly exciting- Pico sailing. Everyone gathered together in groups of two so that we could sail. All of the groups had fun but I think mine had the best time. I was in a group with Simon, and we started off rough but the two of us were able to work together. As soon as we were feeling good about ourselves, we turned and capsized. Through ten minutes of constant laughter, we were able to right our selves. After that, we immediately capsized again. Even though it was a lot of work, it was my favorite part of the day. After the Pico, we went sailing in small groups in tiny boats. We then went sailing and had a dance competition between sail side B. We finished the day with Mexican food and some hilarious conversations. After a long day, I am looking forward to a good nights rest.

Posted: Tue, Jun 21, 2016

Day 7

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Jack
Todays rotation day consisted of snorkeling the mangroves, wakeboarding, windsurfing and learning new knots. There were lots of fish in the mangroves along with jellyfish, barracuda and various other sea life. It was very windy today so windsurfing was very eventful. I managed to get myself into the middle of a very windy and populated channel. We then learned some new knots, which was very fun and easy teaching people because I already knew them. We are going to our first barbecue and dance party tonight so we are waiting on the boat finding funny games until it is time to go.

Posted: Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Day 6- Race Day

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Henry M.
This morning I woke up and found out that we had a race today. While sailing to the start line, we encountered a big puff of wind. Having never driven a sailboat before, I was still getting used to the movement and was not ready for this puff. I fought against the wind and then my timing was just right when turning into the wind. I decided not to be at the helm during the race because I wanted to hang out, read, and tell riddles. (I ended up getting through 150+ pages of my book today). Then we arrived at the finish line in 1st place. We then went to the beach and hung out in the water. We got back to the boat and started another 2-hour sail. It started raining midway and the salon (living room of boat) became flooded with people. I started to get seasick so I tried to go back up to the cockpit. I took the wheel again and I did pretty well considering wing, rain and waves. Then we arrived where I am now. I attempted to run on water and failed miserably. Then during the squeeze, I found out that Simons favorite animal is a sea cucumber. I have reached the end of the day and have no more to write.

Posted: Sun, Jun 19, 2016

Day 5- First Dive!

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Ben P.
Today was our first rotation day of the trip. We rotated from scuba, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and learning how to drive a dinghy. We started off the day with some delicious bagels and yogurt. Soon after breakfast, we all hopped into the dinghy and headed to the beach for our first dive. We all suited up in our dive gear, and got into the water. We then completed a series of practical test that we put toward our dive certification. After this, we moved straight to wake boarding and waterskiing. Almost everybody got up on the board and we all had a great time. After this, we all came back to the boat for tuna sandwiches and PB and J. Then we headed for the beach for some windsurfing. We all gave it a try, and although we werent very good, we all still had fun. After this, we swam around on the beach. Then, we came back and learned about docking and how to drive a dinghy. Then we finished off the day with a stroganoff meal.

Posted: Sat, Jun 18, 2016

Day 4- The Squeeze

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Simon C.
Our day was full of adventure and laughter. It started as soon as we woke up, we took a sail and had an oatmeal breakfast with fresh fruit. I was very drowsy in the morning until we arrived at the Baths, the sight of the rocks was breathtaking. As we arrived on shore most of our crew went straight to the trail exploring, but mostly forging our own path through the rocks. We were met with some difficulty climbing and received some scrapes and bruises. This was all worth it as we arrived at the top of the Baths, which was an amazing sight! After leaving the Baths, we motored to Spanish town. We got there just in time for lunch and I feel I can speak for everyone here, the food was absolutely amazing. For the next 3 hours, we explored and ate until leaving back for Savanna Bay, learning more about each other and sailing. Shortly after we arrived, we had an awesome dinner of chili and rice. The squeeze was full of laughter during which Jake had to leave due to the question of the day because he started laughing/crying. The day finally ended after the climax of the squeeze, as we finally calmed down and went to sleep.

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