BVI: Session 2 - Vivo Libre
Posted: Tue, Jul 26, 2011
Today was my favorite day at ActionQuest. We made a big race where all of ActionQuest participated. It was fun and really hard. The boat was leaning because of the wind that was pushing strongly on the mast. It was very challenging for me because I was driving the boat. At the end we achieved fifth. It wasn’t a big surprise because we were behind the other boats at the beginning. After the race we went to West End to have lunch and had fun. We had a lot of fun at night having a BBQ to say goodbye to all of our great friends on the other boats.
Posted: Mon, Jul 25, 2011
Vivo Libre’s shipmates woke up very early today in Peter Island’s bay. The weather was great, and everybody was in good shape. We sailed to the bay where we dove down to the shipwreck at 8am. It was a great dive. The ship was so big and we could see lots of divers around us visiting the wreck. The current was very strong so it was very hard to swim back to the boat. We returned the gear where it belonged and Bobby gave us a ride back to the boat. We then ate PB+J for lunch instead of chicken salad because everyone agreed. We met Wicked Good at the dock for an awesome hike around Salt Island. We walked very high and could see Tortola, which was far away. We then sailed to the Bight. We salt water showered before beginning to prepare dinner. Francesca and Jerry did an awesome job with the mac and cheese tonight. Mitch came up with a great idea, which was the cinnamon challenge. The goal is to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon. Dan stepped up first for the challenge. He almost did it. Then Jonathan tried, then Mitch almost did it. But I think Sara did the best job in this challenge, lasting a minute and a half. Then it was time to pack our bags.
Posted: Sun, Jul 24, 2011
The Big City
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
The day started quickly. We were awoken by the sunrise or the sound of the morning CD. Once we were awake we were on the dinghies wakeboarding, waterskiing, or kneeboarding. Then it was off to Road Town, the capital of Tortola. We arrived there and separated into groups and went around the confusing city. I was with Sara and we got lost, then ended up getting delicious Italian ice cream. We found Luka and Luigi and continued walking around for a while. We then ran into some friends from Wicked Good and hung around until it was time to leave. I then had to sail our awesome boat back to Peter Island. It was nice to enjoy the warmth of the sun and the wind blowing through my hair as I held the helm tightly and brought Vivo Libre through the rough waves. When we got back we took our showers and relaxed for a while. After a delicious dinner we went over to Magpie Bridge. Oh and did I mention we had planned a totally awesome prank? Once at Maggie B. we distracted the shipmates and opened the Magpie Bridge water supply, then poured in food coloring! I can’t wait to see their faces when they realize they have red water! We spent the rest of the night chilling out and playing games with Maggie B. and a couple Wicked Good guys. What a fun day! Too bad it’s almost over!
Posted: Sat, Jul 23, 2011
Once again we woke up to a beautifully sunny morning and quickly prepared breakfast, as we were excited to get to whatever our day had planned for us. While enjoying delicious cinnamon pancakes made by the chef, Izzy, and looking out at Sandy Cay with fond memories of yesterday’s activities, I was pulled aside from the group to the bow. I sat there for a while confused as to why I was pulled aside, when all of a sudden, all of the other sail side boat’s skippers and student skippers came up to Vivo Libre and joined Mitch, our skipper, and me on the bow. We were then told that today was race day! The first race was a thee mile stretch from Sandy Spit to West End, which was where we all gathered on the first day (such memories!). After being in close quarters with Mary Jewell for the lea, we ended up being too upwind from the finish line, leaving us in fourth place after Mary Jewell, Wicked Good, and Knot Guilty! I’m proud of my siblings on Knot Guilty and Mary Jewell, however, and their shipmates too, for a fantastic race and their well deserved success! Once docked up at West End we had a filling meal together at a restaurant called Pusser’s. We were later told that the last race was disappointingly canceled due to poor weather conditions. This didn’t seem too obvious to us until it began to downpour when we were anchoring at Peter Island (I even wore a scuba mask it was raining so hard!). We ended the day with a thoughtful Lifeworks forum on the catamaran Odyssea. All in all it was a fast paced and exciting day and I can’t wait for tomorrow!
Posted: Thu, Jul 21, 2011
Breezy Day Sailing!
After a long day yesterday we were able to have a slow morning on the boat. Everyone caught up on their diaries and sleep. Then we had lunch and went off sailing. It was a really windy day, so the sailing was a blast! We did different drills and practiced points of sail. It was so windy that our boat was tipping a lot. After sailing around we went to Sandy Spit where there was a beautiful beach. We swam and explored the uninhabited island, then came back to the boat for showers and a dinner of franks and beans. I can’t believe there’s only four days left! 🙁 We went by so fast!