BVI: Session 1 - Joie de Vivre
Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2011
Today we raced and it was a very close race. In the end Knot Guilty came in first, Magpie came in second, and our boat came in a close third. After we finished the race we started a huge boat appreciation cleaning party. It took around five hours. We cleaned everything in the boat, even under the floorboards. Once it was clean we all had shore time until 6:30. At 6:30 we started our last BBQ. After the BBQ was over we had a big meeting on the dock.
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today we went to dive a shipwreck dive, but I am a Quester so Reagan and I didn’t go, and instead just had a day to relax. We also cleaned our room and head, because we are leaving in two days. The weather today was rainy a lot. Since I was skipper today I was at the helm steering the boat in the pouring rain, which was the only downfall of today. After the Vega people finished their dive we sailed back to the place we started the first night to stay the night. Tomorrow we have one more race and we clean the boat. So in theory today is our last normal day, which is depressing. I think everyone had a good time here and made a lot of friends.
Posted: Sun, Jul 3, 2011
Rain Rain Go Away
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Right as we woke up today we motored over to Salt Island to start a rotation day consisting of: diving the Rhone, hiking, and taking our IYT theory exam. When we almost got to Salt Island it started pouring down rain and it didn’t stop for a couple of hours, which is why we cancelled our rotation day. So instead of doing our planned activities, we went over to Road Town, but it was still rainy on the way. When we anchored at Road Habor we got our phones and money and were set free for two hours. People went to restaurants and shops and explored the capital of the BVI. As soon as we got back to our boat we went back to Peter Island to ski for a couple hours before dinner and showers. Our dinner tonight is Asian Teriyaki noodles and we are looking forward to it, an end to a great day.
Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2011
Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
Today we woke up around 6:30. Once everyone was actually awake we sat down to a hearty and filling breakfast of oatmeal With stomachs full we were finally ready to race. We were filled with anxiety as the boats lined up. After what seemed like an eternity, a voice boomed over the radio- three, two, one… GO! And we were off. We started out the race in the lead but the other boats were close behind us. We raced on until the wind gave out. While we were sailing around with the small amount of wind we had, we were able to take a picture snapped an eagle ray jumped clear out of the water and into the picture. We were all stupified at this phenomenon. As we drew closer to the finish line the other boats were catching up. We drew closer.. 50 feet, 40, 30… Knot Guilty continued on us. 25 feet, 20, 15, 10. Knot Guilty was about to pass us. 5 ft. Almost there. 4 feet, 3,2,1. We crossed the finish line and Knot Guilty was behind us. We had won. We all started cheering loudly and started singing We Are the Champions. it goes without saying that we were not gracious about winning at that moment. We sailed into port and I had my first pizza in about a month. After our short visit to port we set out for another race. The race began out windy with waves. It seemed as though everything was fine. And everything was, at least until the storm hit. It was a
Posted: Thu, Jun 30, 2011
Days of our Lives
Today we were docked at Jost van Dyke, where we had a party the day before. Then we all got to drive the sailboat and during that time we had a sail test about tacking, sailing downwind, jibes, and points of sail, etc. When we got done with the sailing test we anchored near a very small beach, then had dinner. That’s pretty much our day. I wished it didn’t end but it keeps on getting better.