BVI: Session 2 - Bella Christine

Posted: Tue, Jul 26, 2011

Our Last Day At Sea

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Natalie L.
It’s a bit of a bittersweet day for Bella C. here at the Bight. Today is our last day of AQ! It’s going to be a pretty busy one filled with racing, BA (boat appreciation), and a final BBQ tonight. Hopefully Bella C. can redeem herself in the next few hours and win this race! We woke up this morning to a surprise breakfast of pancakes made by Leah (thanks Leah!) They were extra special today, as Lead had decided to experiment with different seasonings. Hopefully today can be as exciting and fun-filled as our last three weeks here in the BVI. We’ve had the joy of getting to know one another over the past three weeks here in the BVI. We’ve had the joy of getting to know one another over the past 20 days through games of trust and working together as a team to keep Bella C. running. We’ll all miss our late nights of Nutella eating parties, early mornings waking up to sweet mixes, and games of ninja while scuba diving. It’s been great, Bella C.! Thanks for all the memories.

Posted: Sun, Jul 24, 2011

Rhone Day

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Christopher D.
Today we began our day by waking up early to set sail from Great Harbor toward Salt Island, a picturesque group of conjoined hills with a rocky outcropping to the side. From this outcropping the vessel RMS Rhone sank after trying to escape a hurricane over 100 years ago, and it was that vessel that we dove to. On our dive we were fortunate enough to witness hundreds of tropical fish swimming among the multicolored coral that covered the remains of the vessel. Following the dive we in Vega took and passed the IYT yachting exam. Following this, we proceeded to eat a lunch of noodles and salad while the divemasters explored the lower depths of the wreck of the Rhone in their first solo dive of the session. After the divemasters had returned and lunch had been finished, we left the boat for a hike of the hills of Salt Island. Atop these hills we were treated to stunning views and between the peaks the sun poke through the diverse plants and flowers, ranging from a lovely tree bearing beautiful flowers with layered petals, to prickly pear cacti usually seen in the great American desserts in Nevada and New Mexico. After our trip to Salt Island we sailed a few hours toward Peter Island. Once there the divemasters took the second and final part of their exam, and are continuing to do so at the time of this writing. Tomorrow we look toward day 19 of our trip and also by association my birthday!

Posted: Sat, Jul 23, 2011

Sailing Race

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Kimberley
This morning we all woke up at 7am to get ready for our first race! The skipper was told about the tarting and the finish lines, and then the 8 AQ sailboats of sail side got in a line to begin the race. It was a good time to take pictures of the other teams and we tried to scare our opponents by listening to the Pirates of the Caribbean theme. Then we went to port and sailed to Peter Island.

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