BVI: Session 2 - Elowyn Sage
Posted: Sun, Jul 28, 2013
Day 20- The Last Day
Location: West End
Today is definitely one of my favorites. I woke up bright and early this morning to go to the skipper’s meeting aboard Pelican Pat. At the skipper’s meeting the sail side boats negotiated the terms of the final race. The race took us from the Bight, through Road Town, to Peter Island. We had a shaky start, but we turned it around to get second place! After the race we slowly made our way back to West End. During the way back we cleaned our boat. The boat has now been bleached bow to stern. We are currently wrapping up our business aboard the boat. After that we will have an hour or two before the final BBQ. Once the feast has ended we have all night to say our goodbyes. First thing tomorrow morning will be the walk of the dock and the long journey home.
Posted: Sat, Jul 27, 2013
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today was an awesome day. Some of us went wakeboarding and kneeboarding this morning. Afterwards we took the sail tests and motorsailed over to Road Town. We spent a good two hours hanging out, shopping, and eating. It rained a bit today, but nothing too serious. Right now we are moored at the Bight, hanging out on the boat and listening to music. It has been a beautiful and relaxing day. Everyone got to talk to their friends and family from home. We are all a bit sad that the trip is almost over, but happy with how close we’ve all become over the past few weeks. Everyone made a ton of new friends on this trip and this boat especially is one big family.
Posted: Fri, Jul 26, 2013
Day 18- Wreck Of The Rhone
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today the chefs had an early wake-up to begin cooking pancakes while everybody else slept in. After pulling up the anchors we motored over to Salt Island. Once we dropped our primary anchor, we dinghied over to the island where we learned about the history of the island. It was about the RMS Rhone sinking and the inhabitants of the island taking in survivors and because of this the Queen of England took away the taxes and they only have to send one bag of salt to her a year. This is a tradition they continue to this day. We then hiked to the peak of the island. We then returned to the boat and had lunch. Following which we had, in my opinion, the best dive of the session, the wreck of the RMS Rhone. After the dive we came back to the boat and sang happy birthday to our skipper Gordo. We then had some cake and free time to swim. We are now heading back to Peter Island for another night in paradise.
Posted: Thu, Jul 25, 2013
Day 17- Race Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was a race day. When we woke up, the gopher brought the food up which was oatmeal and we ate. After that I went to a skipper’s meeting which prepares all skippers for the first race of the day. Around 30 minutes after the meeting, we were all on the race line with the jib in the mainsail up. Then they screamed the countdown to start the race and then we pulled out the jib and sailed for the finish line. We passed third through the finish line right after the Prosecutor and Celestial Storm. After the race we had time at port to eat and rest. Soon after I had my second skipper’s meeting to prepare for our second and last race of the day. We lined up the same as our first race and tacked for it. A few hours later we arrived and came in third once again. The day was exciting and fun.
Posted: Wed, Jul 24, 2013
Day 16- Testing Day
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Today we woke up at Sydney’s Peace and Love. It was super hot, but having pancakes made it was better. Soon we headed off for sailing, yet today our sailing would be a bit different because it was our practical test! The practical test is where you show your skipper all the skills you know, like man overboard drills and points of sail, to attain your certification. It was hard for our crew to run smoothly at first, but soon we started coordinating as a team and got the hang of it. We still have the theory test to come, so hopefully that will go well so we can be certified. Later on, after the practical test and lunch, we anchored down right next to a little island you could walk around. We slipped on our bathing suits and reapplied sunscreen, then headed to the miniscule island in our dinghies. We had so much fun, and after two and a half hours we came back to our boat and whipped up some dinner. Even though it was a testing day we still had a blast.