BVI: Session 2 - Kes Kat
Posted: Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Day 21- Final Staff Blog
Location: West End, Tortola
As day twenty begins to wind down, it’s given all of the crew and staff of Kes Kat a moment to step back and really appreciate the amazing voyage we’ve just had together. Both staff and shipmates alike are sad to see the end of the good times and will miss all the various organizations we’ve had the chance to assist over these past few weeks. Whether it’s Caspar running around the boat doing an exemplary job keeping track of 6 year old Elijah or Antoine and his buddy having conversations about the similarities and differences in their cultures, despite their similar ages, they have done an excellent job forming bonds and relationships with the local students. Austin is always the first to jump on the helm or help in any other sailing maneuver such as raising the sail or tacking. Griffen has been dubbed the one-man anchor team as he can usually be seen raising the secondary all on his own (a feat not easily accomplished). Jack enjoys the environmental projects such as turtle tagging where he not only caught a very large hawksbill but also instructed the group through the measuring and tagging process. Natalie’s positive attitude has been contagious and her smiles and laughter have gotten us through even some of our longest days. Justin always invested so much of himself into the projects and the staff has truly enjoyed watching him grow so much during his time hear on Lifeworks. Sarah is a great friend to everyone on board and her sweet southern charm keeps us smiling and positive. Matt loves to make others laugh and is rarely seen without a smile on his face, whether we are on projects, sailing, or lounging around the boat during down-time. Warner is a true gentleman. He is helpful to both staff and students and is also our go-to man for silly accents. Hannah is both confident and free spirited and is always the first to get her feet wet when trying something new such as cornrowing her hair or jumping in for turtle tagging. Grace impressed us every day with her can-do attitude and helpfulness in all the tasks on board. Taylor is an absolute doll, from her sweet smile to her awesome laughter to her willingness to get involved. She always has a positive outlook. We’ll miss all our shipmates who we’ve come to know and love over the past few weeks and we hope to see them again soon!
Posted: Mon, Jul 27, 2015
Day 20- Spyglass And Cleaning
Location: West End, Tortola
We woke up for an early 7 AM hike up Spyglass mountain on Norman Island. After our hike we headed back to the boat for a late brunch of sausage and eggs. Once we completed clean up we picked up anchor and headed to West End to return to our starting point. During our sail we started the intense clean up project, from fridges to heads we were hard at work. After we finished our trek to West End and completed clean up we were given free time for the rest of the day. For dinner all the fleets enjoyed a BBQ and ended the night with a final goodbye dock talk.
Posted: Sun, Jul 26, 2015
Day 19- Lifeworks Crashes The Diveside Race
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
We woke up at 7:30 and chilled in Peter Island the whole morning and then went to Conrad’s village where we learned more about him, the story of the village and how the resort right next to him had affected it. Then we went to the resort and talked about the difference between this beach and the one where we came from, the image that people have of the BVI and the reality. After that we came back to the boat. From there some people went snorkeling and others drove the dinghy. After we ate lunch, we went to Road Town to race against dive side. After the intimidating chants of our crew, we took an early lead and ended up winning, much to the frustration of all of diveside. Then we anchored in the Bight where we showered and had dinner without the staff who had a meeting with the rest of the staff.
Posted: Sat, Jul 25, 2015
Day 18- VISAR
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today started at a relaxed pace with a french toast breakfast en route to Road Town. Once in Road Town we headed over to the Virgin Island Search and Rescue Headquarters. At the VISAR HQ, Nigel informed us about the various operations and jobs that VISAR does. We then spent the rest of the day working at the VISAR HQ, helping at the non-profit volunteer organization. We cleaned the boat garage and the boat, moved furniture and metal beams around, sorted merchandise and dredged the boat launch. After a quick Ramen noodle lunch, everyone got back to work cleaning the place up, moving things around, organizing and dredging. After working at VISAR for most of the day, we docked at the Moorings Charters headquarters and took a real shower for the first time in three weeks. After we showered, everyone from both boats gathered on Kes Kat where Elliot announced that we were going to be a part of a VISAR training mission. Elliot chose Caroline to be the injured victim for VISAR. Jamie did an incredible job drawing bruises and scratches on Caroline’s leg that was “broken”, while Claire and I made a fake passport and threw together a day pack for the VISAR training. VISAR then took us out on their boat and drove us around at speeds up to 45 miles per hour which was really fun. After the VISAR training, David and Elliot picked up pizza for dinner. We ate on the way to the anchorage on Peter Island and moored the boats in the dark.
Posted: Fri, Jul 24, 2015
Day 17- Boat Racing With Projectile Fruit
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
When people talk about Day 17, they should not ask what we did, they should ask what we didn’t do. We woke up at a crisp 7AM and sailed to the East End of Tortola in Fat Hogs Bay to do some mangrove maintenance. We were met there by our good friends from the Youth Empowerment Project who we had hung out and worked with on previous projects. After that we got on the boat and sailed to Road Town for some much needed shore time. I must admit I was skeptical about Chinese food in the Caribbean but I am very happy because it was very tasty. The most memorable part of the day came after shore time on the voyage to Great harbor Peter when our Lifeworks sister ship challenged us to a race. We gladly accepted and raised sail. About halfway through, our skipper told us we could throw rotted fruit at them. Orange after orange. We distracted them and ended up with the victory. Love to all the parents and another good day on board.