BVI: Session 2 - Portlandia

Posted: Mon, Jul 24, 2017

Race Day!

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Nico O.
We started off this day with a fresh breakfast. Afterwards, Emma and I went to a skipper’s meeting to talk about the races. In the meeting, we talked about the rules of the race. Then they told us our starting position and headed back to the boat to prepare ourselves for the first race. When we got to the starting line my adrenaline was rushing through my body. As soon as we heard go, two people started pulling the jib sheets and we began the race. Our starting position was seventh place but in two minutes we reached first place. I felt proud being the skipper and being at the helm during the race. When we reached the end I heard “congratulations Portlandia you won the race in first place.” Once I heard that I was relaxed and happy. After the race, we went back to where we started. It was fun being on shore there again. When we headed back to the boat I had to go again to another skipper’s meeting, this time the race was harder and had more movements. Once the meeting finished I went back to the boat and set off to start the race. This time we got seventh place. We weren’t that happy. After arriving at the finish line we put the anchor down and started showering. It was a really fun day.

Posted: Sun, Jul 23, 2017

Sailing Test

Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Author: Pablo N.
Today we woke up at Sidney’s at 7:30 AM. We were rafted next to Sambamba. After we left the dock and started our practical test. I started at the helm and it was very fun. We sailed for four hours and stopped to have lunch. We laughed and had a great time. Then we continued sailing to finish the test. After we did the knot test. It was kind of difficult but everyone did their best. Now we are going to a Lifeworks Forum with Jake. It has been very fun!

The View Was Worth It!

Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
Author: Sophie K.
Today we woke up early and started the day off with a hike. It began with a hill that felt about 90, because no one had done any exercise in the past two weeks, so we were all pretty winded. The temperature continued to rise throughout the day, causing all of us to drip with condensation. The journey up to the top was through amazing foliage and winding trails. I think that this activity definitely got people to come together and bond. I personally met some incredible new people today. Once we got to the top we all took pictures, created memories to last a lifetime, and treated ourselves to a cold banana smoothie. After we all walked back down we sat down for lunch, hamburgers, and fries-yum. At around two o’clock it was sandcastle competition time. We sailed over to Sandy Cay beach and the competition amongst boats began. I can tell you confidently that we didn’t win, but we did have fun. After showers, we got ready for the famous Sidney’s barbecue! Everyone is so excited. Can’t wait!

Posted: Fri, Jul 21, 2017

The Final Week

Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Author: Devin O.
Today everyone woke up early to start breakfast, which today was oatmeal. Once we ate we pulled up our anchor and left Sommer’s Beach and sailed to Muskmelon Bay to finish our scuba certification. We did two dives and then we were all certified and everyone was ecstatic! After we finished diving we divided into groups of three to learn about the boat and wakeboard and kneeboard. Then we pulled up our anchor once again and sailed to where we are right now in Cane Garden Bay. Overall it was another great day.

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