BVI: Session 1 - La Bella Vita
Posted: Sun, Jul 2, 2017
#4 to #2
La Bella Vita woke up to oatmeal and a long day ahead. It was our first race day! The skippers had a meeting at 7:30 to discuss the first races course. The student skippers got to engage with other captains and ask questions. Right after we finished Bella made her way to the starting line. It was not a very long race and we finished in fourth place out of eight boats. We ended up in West End exactly where we started the trip. All the students ate lunch and shopped while Bella filled up on fuel instead of fries. Soon we were off to our second race of the day. This race would be much harder than the first one. We would have to tack from side to side as we headed directly into the wind. Our attempt was legitimate and Bella was met with Manic. Throwing eggs from boat to boat the crew sped towards Great Harbor on Peter Island. We came in a close second and we’re excited for the final race day. In Great Harbor, we met up with Squeakybrat for a boom swing. We took a rope, tied it to our boom and swung into the water. It was awesome. Tonight we had Mexican for dinner and the Barracudas are preparing for a night dive.
Posted: Sat, Jul 1, 2017
Week 2 Video Update from the BVIs
Location: British Virgin Islands
It’s been another busy week in the BVI. Marine Bio research and Rescue Diver training are in full force, most students are now certified scuba divers and many are working hard towards their IYT sailing certifications! We’re now over half way through the trip and some of our students share their experiences so far. #LifeActivated
A Day of Sailing
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Today started with a late wake up at 7. We needed the rest after the longest day ever yesterday. Our chefs made a really yummy meal of French toast for us to eat. We waited for our staff to have a meeting then left the dock for a day of sailing. We mainly practiced our man overboard drills so that everyone got a chance to helm for one. We enjoyed a meal underway and continued our sail to Sandy Spit for the night. While most of the boat went to hang out on the beach Clayton and I along with Austin and George scrubbed the bottom of the boat for our two races tomorrow. We are all really excited for our races tomorrow and the Lifeworks Forum tonight.
Posted: Fri, Jun 30, 2017
Longest, Most Fun Day
Location: Sydney’s, Jost van Dyke
This morning we woke up at 5:30 because today was hike day. The hike started at 7:30 and was 3.5 miles up and 3.5 miles down. At the top, we had smoothies and wrote our names in a book. When we came down, we had burgers and shopped. Next, we went to Sandy Cay to have a sand castle competition. After that, we went to Sydney’s Peace and Love restaurant on Jost van Dyke. We shopped for a little bit then had a party. The music and food were good. After the party, we went to our boat, which is rafted and went to sleep.
Posted: Thu, Jun 29, 2017
Putting the Action in ActionQuest
Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Today we woke up bright and early at 6:30 after an awesome BBQ and movie. When we were done packing up our sleeping gear and getting ready, we left from Sommers Beach to Muskmelon Bay. At Muskmelon Bay we went Pico sailing, this was my second time Pico sailing and I still havent capsized. After Pico sailing we learned how to make Turk’s Heads anklets. I put mine on my left foot and it looks great! For lunch, we had tuna or deli sandwiches depending on your preferences. After a delicious lunch, we started getting ready to helm and sail. Since I was skipper, I drove the helm first. We all decided to have little help from the staff to show our sailing knowledge. It was hard at first but we all started working smoothly and efficiently. We are now at Cane Garden Bay where we have anchored and are sleeping here for the night. We will be going on a long hike tomorrow so we will have an amazing Thai peanut chicken with brown rice. It is crazy that we are at the 2/3 mark!