BVI: Session 1 - Vivo Libre
Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2011
Today has been an interesting day. We woke up at the usual time and had a great breakfast of cereal. On our way back to West End and while here we worked on cleaning the boat. We get to see Zach tonight, a shipmate who had been away from us for the past few days. We are all looking forward to the BBQ tonight. Yet at the same time we are sad that this will be one of the last times we all get to see each other. See you soon.
Posted: Sun, Jul 3, 2011
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today we woke up, made oatmeal, and raced into the day. We went back to dive the Rhone since the storm didn’t allow it the previous day. It was an amazing experience and I hope to see more wrecks in the future. Some of my fellow divers saw a nurse shark, turtle, and lobster. It was great!! We sailed all the way to the Bight, during which I fell asleep and got my toenails painted. I was really funny. We had a very tasty dinner and we are all excited for the secret activity tonight! Peace Bro!
Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2011
A Day in Road Town
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we woke up to go and dive the Rhone but when we got to the dive site there was a huge storm so we were unable to dive. Instead of diving we all went to Road Town, which is the capital city of the BVI. We got to talk around and have lunch there. After we got back to the boat and motored over to Great Harbor and we got our last chance to ski and wake board. But while our boat was doing that I made up a dive so I could get certified. Although there wasn’t much down there, the dive was still fun because I got to play war underwater with Liz. When I got back it was shower time then dinner time, after dinner we made a cake for our sister boat, Joie de Vivre II’s skipper Craig, for his 27th birthday. He came over to our boat and we all sang to him and ate the yummy cake. After all of that was done I laid out looking at the stars with Natalie. Then it was lights out and I tried to sleep in the cockpit but it started to pour so our whole boat tried to sleep in the salon, which was a great end to an exciting day.
Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2011
Today was race day! In the morning we woke up at Sandy Spit Island and sailed to West End. This sail was the first of two races. On our way to West End not much happened, it was an easy sail. However on our second sail there was a pretty huge squall. About half way through the second race we got hit by piercing rain and shouting winds. Overall today was a fantastic day. The races in general really exemplify this trip as a whole. In a race everyone starts at the same place desperately waiting for the right moment to take the first step and have everyone else envy their leadership. As the race continues the boats break off into smaller closer groups that feed off each others actions and embrace each others reactions. These groups become closer and more understanding of each other as the race continues. Towards the middle of the race the true intentions of the racers are revealed. Some are forced out of the smaller group left alone to try and succeed by themselves, while the new smaller group becomes even closer to the end. The small groups are brought together revealing their strategies and how they act. As the race ends the racers all pass through the finish line with different experiences and knowledge gained from each other.
Posted: Thu, Jun 30, 2011
A Practical Day
Today we got to sleep in until 7:30! We were happily woken by hot, delicious pancakes. Soon after we set sail out of the port to begin a busy day of sailing and more. Today we had our sailing practical exam for our certification- it’s crazy to think of an exam in the Caribbean, let alone during the summer! However it will be way worth it once we earn our license. After each one took their turn we had scrumptious chicken salad sandwiches for lunch. While we were eating we arrived at our destination and anchored. We swam, played, and cleaned dinghies before scrubbing up to shower. Our squeaky clean selves sat down and had dinner of franks and beans. We finished the day with a Lifeworks sit down with Mike. I can’t wait for the glories tomorrow will hold.