BVI: Session 3 - Knot Guilty
Posted: Sat, Aug 13, 2011
War Paint and Bleach
Location: West End, Tortola
Today, so far, has been bittersweet. We woke up at around 640, made oatmeal, and I headed off to the skipper’s meeting with Papa Al to plan the race. The race from the Bight at Norman Island to Road Town was a lot of fun. The boat got pumped by putting on purple and white war paint. Even though no one won the race it was a lot of fun. After the race was over we started to pack our bags and clean the boat. Everyone is busy cleaning the fridges and cabins trying not to think about going home. Little do Doug, Al, and Roxy know that the boat has prepared a little surprise that they will be receiving right before the BBQ. It’s sad to think that this time tomorrow a lot of us will already be either at the airport or on the bus there.
Posted: Fri, Aug 12, 2011
Road Town Day
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
This morning we woke up around 6:30 and Sam, Sean, Al, and I went waterskiing and wakeboarding. It was hilarious watching Sam scream and wake everybody up while he skied by them. Following our early morning ski we came back to the boat and had a delicious breakfast of french toast. We also made Turk’s Heads with Ted for an hour. After cleanup we sailed to Road Town where we got shore time. Our whole boat stuck together and had a yummy lunch, and after we all shopped around. Once we were on the boat we sailed to the Bight. Right away we jumped in the water and we all scrubbed down the dinghies. Then we had our last shower hour -( We’re all so sad for this trip to end. Our dinner was amazing. We had hot dogs and corn muffins and some rice and beans. Thank you chefs. Now we are all sitting around cleaning the boat and about to do our last Lifeworks. We love ActionQuest!
p.s. congratulations Sean for officially becoming a Divemaster
Posted: Thu, Aug 11, 2011
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
We started off our day with one of the most amazing dives of my life. We dove the Rhone, which is an old sunken ship. It was so beautiful. We got to go inside the hull of the ship. Then we had lunch, which consisted of deli meat sandwiches. Later on the other Vega sailors and I took our tests. I think I passed. After that we sailed back to Peter Island and dropped anchor, then had a thanksgiving dinner with Mike (the director) and did a really fun Lifeworks session where we spread out black and white postcards and chose the ones that best represented one thing that we were proud of, something that we are not proud of, and something that represents friendship. It went really well. Everyone’s interpretations of the cards was really fun and that’s how we ended our day.
Posted: Wed, Aug 10, 2011
Purple Zinc and Purple Drink
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today started off quickly. Right after breakfast the skippers all came over to our boat to discuss the first sail race of the session. The finish line was about 45 minutes away at West End. Mary Jewell came in first. Our boat on the other hand was a little weighed down. Between the two dinghies and the air tanks, we were a bit slower. Right before the finish line we pulled in front of Spindrift, beating two boats. Doug betrayed us all today by joining another boat for the day, Mary Jewell. To make it up to us he allowed Madie to give him warrior paint on his face with purple zinc. We plan to wear it at our next race. In case you are wondering about the purple zinc it is used as an intense sunburn defense; it also looks really cool. After the race everyone got some shore time. Most of our boat enjoyed an amazing early lunch at Pusser’s, then did some shopping. Next we had a nice sail from West End to Peter Island to anchor for the night. Mexican night is tonight and everyone is pumped! Now we we get to look forward to diving the Rhone soon!
Posted: Tue, Aug 9, 2011
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Today the Questers on Knot Guilty took our first aid test. Throughout the past 12 days we have been taught, as part of the Quest program, how to identify certain emergencies and how to deal with them using our knowledge of the basics of medical care. Everyone seemed to be positive with how the test went, as we have been taught very well! Also, today, some of us had another go at waterskiing, and I’m extremely happy to be able to say I finally got up within the first two seconds! I didn’t think I was ever going to be able to pull myself up, but with Tor and my fellow shipmates telling me not to give up, I managed to achieve what I had before decided was impossible! Just one very small example of how ActionQuest teaches you to always get back up on your feet when you have fallen. I’m writing this is we are setting up a bonfire and BBQ on a little island named Sandy Spit, where all the shipmates from all the boats are about to gather for dinner. We are all excited to get our hands on a good ol’ burger!