Day 7- A Rude Awakening Turned Beautiful Day
Posted: Thu, Aug 4, 2016
Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
We got off to an unusually early start this morning after we got pounded with rain at the ungodly hour of 5 o clock. Fortunately, the day only got better after this because of the absolutely delicious breakfast we scarfed down, consisting of cinnamon sugar French toast. Soon after this, we changed into our rash guards and swimsuits and promptly set sail from the beautiful Vixen Point to Mountain Point. Once we arrived, we stayed on board the vessel and started practicing man overboard drills. To successfully pass this drill a good sense of points of sails is key, along with a good sense of the boat and its direction. We rotated through positions on the boat including being on the helm, easing and trimming the main sheet, as well as the person on the bow that would track down the man over board, which was actually a fender attached to a bucket. After this, we devoured a simple lunch of peanut butter or ham and cheese sandwiches. We then of course had to fit in our daily dosage of cards and bottle flipping, a primitive game where the objective is to flip a half full bottle of Gatorade with it landing on its bottom. This inevitably was full of screaming and shouts of joy that could be heard throughout the cove. After lunch we sailed around with Griffin and Ruth on board Calypso, which was a blast as Griffin cant speak a full sentence without squeezing in a joke. Immediately subsequent to sailing, we were taken directly to the boat Sailing Curls to complete our last three confined water dives. My group with Jimmy and Spencer had a tough start, but our instructor Andy was so calm and relaxed that we had no choice but to have a good time. We started getting a hand of the skills and quickly sped through the rest, having so much fun along the way. It is impossible to describe the sensation you get when you breathe underwater. It is so worthwhile and I am so glad I have the opportunity to do it! After scuba, we went back home and indulged in the BEST dinner of the trip, which was prepared by our staff Emma. It was a complete Mexican dinner, followed by the most picturesque sunset that I have ever seen; a sky full of purples, oranges and yellows with clouds and rolling mountains in the background. Boats swayed in the reflective water as we all sat in awe as we were witnessing something so incredible. A day that started off so wet ended so blissfully, and Im happiest that I got to spend it with this truly special group of people.