BVI: Session 2 - Calypso

Posted: Sun, Jul 17, 2016

Day 11- Sailing Drills

Location: Marina Cay
Author: Jules R.
Today was a good day. We started our day off by eating cereal with some fruit. As soon as we finished our morning cleanup we set sail to start man overboard drills. We threw a fender with a rope coil, and the whole group executed the drill very well. During the drill we saw a huge sea turtle, which brings our crush count now to 21. We also saw a nurse shark. Our bruce count is now one. When we all had to drive the boat we were all so proud of our team’s work. After our drill we set sail back to Tortola, to the town of Trellis Bay. As we went to land we met up with the other boats and got a bite to eat at Jeremy’s Kitchen. We had a choice of eating BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken, etc. As we finished our meals we headed back to the dinghies and boarded our boat. We sailed to Marina Cay and dropped our anchor. As we finished cleaning our cabins and heads the chefs had started to cook tortellini with marinara sauce and garlic bread. The chefs had done a great job and we finished the day off with a squeeze question.

Posted: Sat, Jul 16, 2016

Day 10- Midsummer’s Thanksgiving

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Today was another rotation day. We started the day with bagels and cream cheese, after that we jumped straight into the Picos for two hours. Jules, Jack, Brian and I decided to try and race each other. We had a couple close calls, but we never hit each other! A lot of happy faces during the day when everyone passed their final scuba diving exam! We are not certified yet though; we still need a few more training dive. After Picos, we dove straight into scuba diving. It was an activity enjoyed by the entire Calypso crew. Everyone completed open water dive #1, seeing fish we had never seen before and going deeper than we ever had before. After diving, we had a naptime, a special tradition on Calypso. Whilst some caught up on sleep, others were jumping off the side of the boat. We met some new people from boats in the fleet as well. This was followed by a lovely lunch made by Jack and Jules. It was grilled cheese devoured by everyone. We finished rotation day by doing some water sports, knee boarding, waterskiing and wakeboarding! Nathaniel was so close to doing the 360 on the kneeboard! Keep trying! Dinner was a Thanksgiving meal, which was popular with everyone. We had a sail chat after, from our skipper Griff. Tomorrow will be a new day, full of excitement. See you tomorrow!

Posted: Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Day 9- Ship’s Ahoy!

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Brian H.
The morning was off to a quick start with a 6:45 wake up call and picked up the anchor at 7:00! Our crew motored our way over to Mountain Point. During our short passage, we had breakfast, which consisted of cereal and fruit. Once we arrived at Mountain Point, we did our dishie and deckie jobs, we had a map quest in place of our navigation skills rotation, which we completed the night before. After all the shipmates napped for a bit more than an hour, we headed to a confined water area to finish our confined water dive 3,4 and 5. After finishing our scuba dive confined water practice, we came back to the boat for a Tuscan White Bean soup, which Griffin cooked. After lunch, we took the boat out to do some sailing practice. Each shipmate was rewarded a cookie, which was Chips Ahoy, for doing an excellent job at manning the helm. After a fun 4 hours of sailing, we motored the boat back to our anchorage. We anchored the boat and went for a short swim followed by our salt-water showers during our scuba and sailing practice, our shipmates really showed how much we can work together, and the incredible things we can accomplish.

Day 8- Prank Wars

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Clark E.
After an amazing night at the BBQ, the crew headed back to the boat. In the morning, we had a rude awakening; someone had stolen all of our silverware. Therefore, we had no spoons for oatmeal! Luckily, Taylor came up with a great solution; we used serving spoons, Brian tried to use a knife. After that, we piled on our dinghy, Workboat, to go to perfect our sailing techniques on the Rhodes. The crew split between two, some saw turtles (our crush count is now 16). When the rotation ended, we ate deli sandwiches and PB&Js. While we were getting ready for lunch, Alex realized that someone took two water jugs!! The rest of the day was filled with knot tying and Pico sailing. We wrapped up the day with Mexican food made by Brian and Taylor. Sincerely, Clark.

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