Global: Session 2 - Minerva - B-Chaser
Posted: Sat, Jul 22, 2017
A Poem for St Barths
Location: St Barths
While on the beach of Saint Bart, We surfed into the oceans heart. Relaxed on the sand, Cracked coconuts with our hands. By an ocean as nice as fine art.After the day in the sun, We went on shore to have fun.Ate crepes filled with cheese, Had cool drinks in the breeze, And for dinner had burgers on a bun.In summary: our day was filled by relaxing on the beach, surfing, and exploring the beautiful town. While at the beach, we climbed mighty palm trees to drink the sweet milk of the coconut. After our time at the beach: our group found a french crepery and had a magnificent lunch. The day was rounded out by an onshore dinner at a local eatery.
Posted: Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Sailing into St Barths
Location: St Barths
After our night passage we awoke this morning to a beautiful view of St. Barts and ate a delicious breakfast of breakfast burritos and cinnamon buns. Once we finished eating breakfast we enjoyed some shore time on St. Barts. We all had a fun day of shopping, eating and swimming. For lunch, we were on shore so most of us decided to enjoy a crepe at La Creperie. After lunch, the group broke off and everybody did their own things. Some people took a quick hike to enjoy the spectacular views St. Barts has to offer while others enjoyed a day swimming in the crystal clear water or laying on the shell covered beaches. Once we all regrouped on the dock we headed back to the boats to shower and have a delicious pad thai dinner. After dinner, the advanced sailors are taking the written portion of the exam (wish us luck!).
Posted: Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Today we woke to a beautiful Antigua, the sun was shining bright and it was easy to tell it was going to be a great day! We started off the morning by getting breakfast started; our cooks, Aiden and Ginger, brought up oatmeal for everyone. We all ate very quickly because right after breakfast we have to clean the dishes and get ready for our sail chat. Basic sailing took their first sailing exam while advanced sailors took a practice quiz for their upcoming written exam. After sail chat, we unhooked ourselves from Annie Daydreaming and put up our sails as soon as we left the harbor. We soon proceeded to initiate sailing circles and man overboard drills until it started to pour with rain. We all hid under the bimini and ate our lunch which consisted of white bean soup. Soon after we cleaned the lunch dishes we made a boom swing and did as many tricks off it as we could, and pretty soon Anne’s crew came over and jumped off the swing with us. We did that until dinner time where we sat down and had Mexican burritos. We are now in the process of cleaning the boat with nothing but pots because Anne’s crew took our deck buckets, but have no doubt we will get out revenge! We are also about to set sail on another night crossing and I can’t wait!
Posted: Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Experiencing the Splendor of Antigua
Today we woke up to the beautiful sight of Antigua and the smell of mouth-watering pancakes. Our talented chefs had a lot of fun expressing their creativity in the form of different pancake shapes. After breakfast, everyone joined their respective sail chat groups and had a lot of fun learning more about the endless world of sailing. We were also able to enjoy a few hours of shore time to explore the island, call family, friends and eat lunch. The smoothies here are definitely worth a try! Everyone finally gathered for a scenic hike up the mountain, Shirley Heights, and admire the stunning views from the top. Wearing flip-flops was not the best idea but luckily we were able to take a taxi on the way down. After we returned to the docks, shipmates from both boats worked together to prepare the event of the day, our first real barbecue! Everyone was able to enjoy a very fulfilling meal and was given the opportunity to form stronger bonds with the other boat’s shipmates. At the end of our delicious and social meal, it was great to see all of us working together even while completing a task as mundane as cleaning-up after dinner. Now everyone is trying to prepare themselves for their respective certification exams. I hope that we will be able to achieve everything we have set for ourselves, and look forward to all the new adventures we have yet to experience on this trip!
Posted: Tue, Jul 18, 2017
The Best Way to Make Cleaning Fun
What better way to start the day than sleeping! Because of our late arrival that morning – about 2 am – everyone onboard Beez Chaser had the luxury of the once-in-a-session sleep-in. Everyone was exhausted, so this was greatly appreciated! After a 7:15 wake up to some awesome tunes, the crew was up and at em washing dishes and cleaning the boat after the wonderfully messy underway dinner of chili the previous night. Once the boat was somewhat clean, we took a short boogie on over to the fuel dock to replenish our nearly empty fuel tanks! With the fuel sorted, we went to join our partner in crime – Annie Daydreaming – on a dock that we could stay for extended periods of time. It was time to start everyone’s favorite part of the day: getting the whole boat clean. This means scrubbing, washing, brushing, spraying, and any other cleaning that needed to be done. At first, the task looked grim; we only had one bucket that we could haul water with, and we had to clean the whole boat with it. Then came the piece of redeeming news: we could use the dock hose to clean the boat and heads! Now to most, this might not seem like a big deal, but to a crew of ten kids who have been hauling water with a bucket for ten days, this was like an angel in disguise. Thus commenced the best cleaning I have ever wanted to do! Spraying water everywhere, getting wet, and having fun – what more could we ask for? Finally, everything was sparkling! Feeling good about ourselves, we started a tour around a shipyard and had some wonderful shore time. Unfortunately, we had a shortage of apples, but hopefully, we will rectify that soon. At last, a wonderful dinner under the stars, some more cleaning, and a great squeeze.Signing off, Captain Fish