BVI: Session 2 - Sailing Curls

Posted: Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Sailing Circles

Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
Author: Ellie W.
The morning began with a sleepy breakfast and quick cleanup as we needed to be on another vessel for the day’s sail. We set sail and soon began sailing circles, which were completed by the students who want to receive the IYT certification. After sailing circles and man overboard drills, we conquered the huge swells and headed back to the anchorage for lunch. After soup and Pringles some of us decided to hop in the water to cool off. We then began tying Turk’s Head anklets and bracelets. Though it was frustrating at times most of us were able to complete the knots. Next, we took turns Pico sailing and around four we headed back to Sailing Curls to get ready for another fun night at the BBQ.

Posted: Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Lobster Galore

Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Author: Jerry O.
We woke up this morning to the smell of pancakes being cooked. After a lot of hard work, the chef’s meal was delicious. After breakfast, we moved over to Marina Cay to fill up on water. From there it was a chill drive over to Trellis Bay for lunch and some shopping. After everyone was onboard we set sail for Muskmelon Bay. Once we got settled we started to set up a boom swing for a few hours. Once an amazing dinner of chili and rice was done, we set up for our night dives. As soon as we descended we started to see lobster. They were everywhere on the dive. We also saw a flounder, some shrimp, and a pair of red crabs. Then we came back from diving and went to bed.

Posted: Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Day 11

Location: Marina Cay
Author: Gailen G.
Although it was a calm day there was nothing relaxing about it. The day started with a quick breakfast before we hopped on the dinghy and headed to Portlandia where we would spend the morning playing cards and swim while they dove off of Curls. Around two hours later Gwen picked us up with a surprise, a clean cabin. While we were goofing around Gwen had been scrubbing on her hands and knees cleaning up our mess. We got back to our boat everyone pitched in and cleaned their room. When there was not even a speck of dirt to be found we settled down and started watching a movie. We stopped the movie halfway through and prepared the table set for quesadillas with chicken for a fun twist. We ate quickly and prepared our gear for our second underwater naturalist dive, where we looked for different relationships between organisms. Our dive lasted 30 minutes with a maximum depth of 40 feet. Once we surfaced we began preparing for our second dive. Because the second dive was a fun dive, therefore it wasn’t required, some people stayed behind and sat on the deck through the intermittent drizzle that immersed us during the day. When the divers returned we packed up our things and left the dive site, meeting the rest of the boats at the anchorage. While underway we enjoyed refreshing freshwater showers that left everyone feeling squeaky clean. We arrived at the anchorage just in time for dinner where we enjoyed tortellini and red sauce that warmed our stomachs. Now we are finishing our dishes and getting ready to go to our second Lifeworks forum. All in all, it was a good day- simple, relaxing, and calm.

Posted: Mon, Jul 17, 2017


Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Mark J.
Sailing Curls day 10 was a very peculiar day, as we were mostly sailing the entire day. We woke up in the morning by getting told that we had to change boats so we could fill Sambamba’s boat with water at the closest port. We were excited because this meant we could sail and relax the entire day. On the way to this port, we had a four-hour sail. It was a very calm sail and all we did the entire way was learn how to jibe. As we got there it was very hot and we were all starving from not eating in a while, so our awesome staff Gwen and David made us PB+Js and deli sandwiches. It was a lovely meal and we cooled off by jumping in for a quick dip after we filled up and water. The sail ride home we decided to open our jib as well as our mainsail. We were heeling a lot, which meant we were going fast and efficiently until a massive storm came and got us all soaked. It was so crazy windy that it was freezing and we had to huddle in a circle and David dumped water on us and it kept us warm. At the end of the day, we finished it off with a sail chat.

Posted: Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Grilled Cheese

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Jake G.
Today we started the morning with some delicious breakfast burritos. The eggs were made to perfection and practically melted in the crew’s mouths. Once breakfast was through everyone prepared for the day’s first dive. The night before we had seen an octopus changing color and knew that the sight would be a hard one to top. During the dive, we saw a variety of fish swimming in the sculpture we were diving in. In the second dive, my dive partner Jerry and I saw a variety of corals, plants, and fish. Then we had delicious grilled cheese for lunch prepared neatly by the chefs. After lunch, the crew went down to a boat called Aeolus to do watersports and to learn to tie knots. We had a fabulous dinner after our day of fun and proceeded to talk throughout the night. Overall the day had some very high peaks.

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