BVI: Session 3 - Joie de Vivre
Posted: Fri, Aug 12, 2011
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today was quite a nice and enjoyable day. We woke up at Great Harbor and got to go waterskiing before breakfast, which was awesome. We had a nice french toast breakfast and pretty soon after that we were already on our way to Road Town. We raced Caribbean Soul and beat them (obviously, duh!). It was really fun. It is amazing to realize that by now we are all capable of sailing without the skipper’s help (ok, maybe a little help) but it really does impress us how much we’ve learned throughout the whole trip. The Carinas actually had our flotilla and watchkeeper sailing exam, which we hopefully passed! After that we spent a couple hours at Road Town, where we had lunch, walked around, maybe shopped a little bit, and we got to call our parents (I was so lucky I could actually call my mom for her birthday). We came back to the boat after discussing about how weird Craig looks when he’s actually wearing shoes, and sailed to Norman Island where we anchored and where we are sleeping tonight. We showered while having fun jumping off the midships, doing cannonballs and cool dives, and we all got really excited because Dan actually accomplished doing a backflip!!! Then we had dinner and Mike and Anna came over. We talked about how much we love squeezing (always before dinner someone asks a deep question to get to know our shipmates better) and we all agreed that during the trip we’ve all grown as a person and got the chance to think about deeper, philosophical things of life and learn more about ourselves and about everyone around us and about life in general. Today we realized that the Lifeworks program at ActionQuest is one of the things we are definitely taking home and is one of the main things that make our experience here truly special.
Wow, I got inspired!
Posted: Thu, Aug 11, 2011
The Cinnamon Challenge
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we slept in a little (and by that I mean we woke up at 6:45). Bright and early we raised the anchors and had breakfast underway. I drove us past Dead Chest island to Salt Island while Craig briefed everyone on the story of the shipwreck we were on our way to see. I was proud that Jake, the navigator, and I were able to figure out which island we were going to using the chart and not by asking Craig or Tor. Once we arrived and anchored we were able to have a quick nap before our dive to the shipwreck of the Rhone. Our really fun dive instructor Tor taped us talking about the dive. After the dive and lunch the Vegas had a quick review sesh before our sailing exam. We all did really well, most of us got a 100% and I got a 98. Craig led us on a hike to the top of the hill on Salt Island with a crazy nice view. We swam around while Cam, Kevin, Zach, and Sophia tried to teach Dan and Dani how to backflip. I eventually drove us back to Peter Island, where we showered and swam around while Katie and Arden prepared thanksgiving dinner. Dan was seriously jumping this time for about 20 minutes while Craig and everyone cheered him on to attempt a backflip. During our squeeze convo brought over a letter for Cam. It was so cute. At the culmination of dinner Dan and Cam broke into a hilarious “manliest man” competition, where they had to eat more food than the other person. After many rounds it all came down to the “cinnamon challenge,” where each contestant has to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon without spitting it out or throwing up. They both won! The Carinas are on their way to take their final test and the Vegas have the night free to hang out. Tor Tor and Craig are making brownies for once they ace their test!
Posted: Wed, Aug 10, 2011
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
After a long night at the beach BBQ with much needed burgers and dogs, we woke up ready for race day. We set sail at 830am in an all out race between the sail side boats. Despite our best efforts and incredible skippering, we failed to reach the finish line first (but finished second). After a fun race we all docked at West End for lunch and a little souvenir shopping. It’s amazing how delicious tostitos and a coke are after being at sea entirely without most processed foods (except a few cans of Pringles and a bag of Goldfish). After port we set sail for Peter Island, a few miles south of Tortola. The weather is continuously beautiful, the wind is as consistent as ol’ faithful, and the BVI are absolutely incredible. In the beginning of the trip I was doubtful I’d make it and was incredibly homesick, but I have learned a lot about myself throughout the journey, made new friends, and became a whole-er person. I will miss all my new friends and staff here. Although I was pessimistic at first, I am so happy I decided to join ActionQuest and take this life changing journey.
Posted: Tue, Aug 9, 2011
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
After a lovely night of no rain we woke up to cereal and fruit. Today was our last rotation day (which is sad). First we learned how to make bracelets. It was kind of hard; no one really understood how to do it. But finally we figured it out. Third rotation was wakeboarding, kneeboarding, or skiing. Everyone is getting up and doing amazing things. Danny did a 360 on the wakeboard and Ivan got some air. Second rotation was diving! The Vegas finally got certified and the Carinas got advanced. Then we sailed to Sandy Spit. We are now going to have a beach BBQ! The days are coming to a close.
Posted: Mon, Aug 8, 2011
Backflips and Backflops
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Joie de Vivre started the day with some Pico sailing, followed by one of the most incredible dives I’ve ever done. We dove in the “sand highway” with incredible visibility. The Vegas enjoyed doing handstands (especially me), skills, and seeing plenty of fish. The Carinas saw a lionfish and an eel. The Questers got to clean the beach at Cam Bay. After the dive we were all hungry and enjoyed some yummy Tuscan bean soup. The highlight of Sofia’s day was being able to do a backflip off the boat for the first time. After all the flipping was over the boys competed in a backflip contest judged by the girls. Jake was the overall winner, but Zach won the first round. The next rotation of our day was waterskiing, kneeboarding, and wakeboarding. While Cam learned kneeboarding was not for lazy people, Danny, Jake, and Kevin saw an eagle ray jump out of the water 15 ft. Our last activity of the day was boat appreciation. We took time to clean our boat which has been our home for the past 11 days. Our chefs made us delicious tomato stroganoff, that we ate under a beautiful sunset. We are all getting ready to leave for Lifeworks, and I can smell the “surprise” cake baking in the oven. This was just another amazing day that we got to spend together in a beautiful place.