BVI: Session 1 - Magpie Bridge

Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2011

Race Day

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Malcom F.
The morning started at 7 AM with the smell of hope in the air. Today was race day. The race would be from the start of Norman Island to around a mark at Road Town and the finish at the harbor of Peter Island. We got a promising start, and quickly took first. Going into the mark at Road Town it was just us and JV2 anywhere. We were 1-3 boat lengths ahead of them throughout the entire race, and I did fairly well at holding them off. All seamed well nearing the finish until a sudden wind change made it impossible to hold our course, and because we got a header while we were next to the windward mark, we were forced to tack and the third boat Caribbean Soul who was way above us won, giving us second. I wish I could say I drove us to victory, but I can’t, I can only hope I do better. These three weeks have been some of the happiest of my life and I just wish we had finished in the place we deserve. I am still joyous about having one more night with the rest of the crew and I hope we make the most of it.

Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2011

Can You Say Squall?

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Ally I.
Today was our first race day! The first race was short and competitive. We came in third place. Not bad eh? After that we had a nice stop in West End, shopped around and ate, it was chill. By one o’clock we were off the dock and lining up for our second race, which was long and required skill to tack. The beginning was fast paced as we blared the opening song from the Lion King. After an hour and 45 minutes we noticed dark clouds rolling in from the windward side of Peter Island. After a few more tacks the clouds seemed much closer. The wind picked up and the rain poured. We quickly pulled in the jib as the wind became stronger. With safety in mind, our amazing staff Charlie, Tom, and Kat asked us to go down below, and they got us safely to the anchorage. An action packed day I would say! Happy birthday Aiden!

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