BVI: Session 1 - Wind Shadow

Posted: Fri, Jun 23, 2017

Day 8

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Mathias A.
The day started with with a long long rainy night. Most people woke up tired as the 6 people (me included) who slept on deck all got poured in and decided to call it quits and sleep in the cabins. After wakeup breakfast followed shortly after. Despite their being plenty of oatmeal, 2 shipmates ended up having a short little argument about who got the last bag of maple and brown sugar oatmeal. However everything was resolved and the day continued with sailing some Rhodes 19 (a small sailboat). This time it was crucial to everyone involved as lots was learned. After those boats were sailed, sunscreen was quickly reapplied so our boat could then go snorkeling!!!!!! The amazing thing that was seen (by me and others) was a big barracuda. After snorkeling was lunch in which we ate sandwiches. Shortly after lunch some Pico Lasers (very small boat that fits 2) which went very fast and were quite controllable. This was my personal favorite part if the day along with a lot of the other sail members favorite thing. The sailing was then followed by refilling our water tank and buying snacks at one of, if not the, most expensive grocery store in the whole BVI!!!! We then proceeded to sail to Mountain Point where we will spend the night. This is where the best meal of the trip was prepared (Mexican night) by (shoutout to) Alex, Supra, and Emma.

Posted: Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Day 7

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Samara G.
Today was extremely fun. We started off our day with water sports where we kneeboarded, waterskied, and wakeboarded. After we all had turns trying the water
sports we had a dive chat. We enjoyed learning about the recreational dive planner. At first, it was hard to understand but in the end, we understood it. We took the final exam on the subject as well. Following the rest and the chat, we ate a delicious lunch. We ate, cleaned up, then swam to beach for another fun
activity. We were able to practice windsurfing for a second time. One we got used to it, we realized that it was easier surfing out than swimming back. When we weren’t windsurfing we played in the ocean and played volleyball tonight we will be going to the dance and barbecue. We cannot wait to have fun at the party together for the upcoming activities.

Posted: Wed, Jun 21, 2017

A Good Day!

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Owen F.
We woke up this morning with relief, it hadn’t rained and we’d been able to sleep fully without waking up and heading down below deck. Everybody then went down to the galley to prepare an amazing breakfast of French toast. After eating, we quickly cleaned up before leaving Savanna Bay for the final time. We started headed towards Anegada. I, as the skipper, directed everyone in raising the sails and starting the journey. The wind was tough, but we stayed on course finally reaching our destination around noon. We prepared a great meal of chicken salad and sandwiches that we took to the beach for a picnic. After eating, we took a quick swim before heading to our final destination, Vixen Point. There we finished our journey of around 16.5 miles. We are a hearty meal of garden burgers and went to finish our final clean up. Next, we had a dive chat with Austin, before finally heading to bed.

Posted: Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Our First Dive!

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Supriya M.
Every day we spend on the Wind Shadow, we push our limits and try new things. Today, we woke up to a beautiful blue sky. Our delicious breakfast consisted of instant oatmeal and fruit. Full to our stomachs, we then submerged ourselves with sunscreen. Once we were prepared to spend our day doing watersports, we filed into dinghies and headed towards Savanna Bay Beach. Our group of 11 shipmates split into two groups. One group stayed on the beach and learned how to ride the waves while windsurfing. The second group went on another dinghy to do some waterskiing, kneeboarding, and wakeboarding. Kiwi (Kayleigh) got up upon the waterskis on her first attempt! To my surprise, I somehow got up onto the waterskis as well. After spending 2 hours doing those activities, we rotated groups and spent the next two hours doing the other activity. After spending 4 hours doing rotations, we made our way back to the Wind Shadow and had an amazing lunch. Every member of our boat agrees that peanut butter and honey sandwich in the best meal ever (a.k.a. just me!!). Once we filled our stomachs up, we headed back to eat beach to prep our scuba gear. The feeling of breathing underwater for the first time ever was mesmerizing. Its surprising how much heat you can lose in the Caribbean water. It was freezing! We then spent the next five hours in 10 feet water learning new skills for scuba diving. After coming out of the water, we made our way back to Wind Shadow and had a fantastic dinner of beef stroganoff, salad and AMAZING garlic bread. We concluded our dinner reflecting on our day. We then got into our daily cleaning routine. Lastly, we ended the night doing a Lifeworks Forum with Mike and a few other boats.

Posted: Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Jumping Into The Day At The Baths!

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Mia S.
Today we had to wake up really early and eat breakfast while we were sailing to the Baths. When we got there, we went straight to exploring the caves and swimming. We all had a great time climbing and jumping off the rocks, swimming at Devils Bay, and taking lots of pictures. When we were done, we headed over to Spanishtown to eat lots of burgers and fries and spend some time on land. We all loved getting our phones to call our families and friends. When we were done eating lunch we walked over to a shop to buy candy and souvenirs. At about 2:00pm we went back to Savanna Bay and had a sailing lesson on the way. We learned more about tacking, raising the main sail, and went over the names if things on the boat. Once we were anchored, we started dinner of chili and rice made by Sapriya and Reid. Then we are going to end the night with a sail chat.

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