BVI: Session 2 - Mary Jewell
Posted: Tue, Jul 26, 2011
Location: West End, Tortola
This is the last day that our boat has together, but we plan to make the best of it. Right now we are having our last boat race. The race is to Road Town and back to Peter Island. Then afterwards we will be heading to West End, where the trip started, for the final BBQ. On the way from Peter Island we aren’t racing, but instead we will clean the boat and prepare to leave. As I write this everyone on the boat is enjoying their last day together. After three weeks of living together everyone is extremely close. Today everyone is ready to see their results for the IYT test which we took yesterday. Everyone is hoping that they passed, but I think the main focus of today should be enjoying the last day. Tomorrow, as our family is split apart, the only things we can bring home are pictures and memories to remember the great times we had. Nobody will ever forget what happened on this boat. I know I won’t ever forget. To all of the parents reading this, we will be home soon.
Posted: Mon, Jul 25, 2011
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
We woke up in the morning and ate breakfast and we were on our way to a short hike on Salt Island. For lunch we had chicken salad sandwiches. Now the day was getting exciting, we were on our way to dive the Rhone. Splash! There we were in the water to see the most amazing dive ever. Our maximum depth was at about 50 feet and we were underwater for half an hour. When we got back we had broccoli macaroni pasta and biscuits. We had an awesome time.
Posted: Sat, Jul 23, 2011
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we woke up pretty early to get breakfast ready. Then there was a skippers meeting at 7:30. They told us that there was a race this morning from Sandy Spit to West End. We came back and went to the starting line. Everyone started on the wavy water and then the countdown started on the radio. We soon took the lead with the wind filling our mainsail and jib. We took the lead, but ten minutes after boats started to come near us. All of a sudden a gust of wind came and we took a major lead. We soon raced through the rocks and won the race. We sailed to West End where we ate and shopped. Lots of people ate at Pusser’s. We went back on the boat at 12:30. We were supposed to race for a second time but it was canceled because of the weather. We motored over to Great Harbor and the chefs started cooking for Mexican night. We ate about 30 minutes after. After eating, Austin, Will, Jonny, and Rory tried the cinnamon challenge. Jonny was the one that finished it. We have Lifeworks tonight. Today was a great day!
Posted: Thu, Jul 21, 2011
Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
Today we woke up at 6am for an 8 mile hike with parts at 40 degree angle, but the views were spectacular. At the top was a store. By the end of the hike on the way down was quite difficult because our feet hurt so we ran down. Later we went to Sandy Cay where we built a large sea turtle with a shell of rocks. After we went to Sidney’s and docked stern to. Then we had a BBQ with shops nearby so by the end of the day we were all very tired.
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
This morning was one of the most nerve wracking in days of the entire trip. We had to take our sailing practical, and that means demonstrate man overboard drills, tack, and we had to heave to, as well as know various knots. I think the whole crew did very well and all should be proud. The next thing we did was dive. Only the Barracudas dove and it was the best dive of my life. The Barracudas are working for their advanced diving. We saw four tarpon, and one of them was bigger than I was! We also saw a barracuda, a small moray eel, and a very large file fish. We dove at the Playgrounds and while swimming underneath some structure a gigantic black grouper swam straight at me. I can’t wait to see how many people passed the sailing practical, and if I passed the sailing practical.