BVI: Session 2 - Spindrift III

Posted: Mon, Jul 29, 2013

Staff Update Day 20

Location: West End
Author: Evan
It’s already day 20 and Spindrift III has made phenomenal progress on board. With the advanced sailors (Carinas) literally grabbing at the helm, being a staff member becomes just that much easier! With Justin at the wheel, we scraped away 1st place in the entire fleet! We can’t forget our major players on deck when Margot, Sarah, Jan, Mar, and Alejandra go crazy on the jibsheets. Skipper of the day has also become a greatly valued position and everyone seems to want to be in charge of the vessel. From jobs around the boat to scuba diving, our Spinnies have shown amazing responsibility and passion for the ocean. Matthew just recently told e that his least favorite job has suddenly changed to his absolute favorite. Thanks to the amazing group we have on board, we make it possible to stretch out of our comfort zone and explore. Looks like Lina, Ben, Robbie, Jacob and Slater are enjoying some spontaneous boat jump picture taking… looks like this crew has been together for years. Never have I seen such a group come together so quickly and create such an intense bond with one another. Conflict and negativity just haven’t been parts of this trip, and I’m not sure I could ask for more. I’d like to finish this up with personally thanking the crew of Spindrift III for a genuinely unforgettable 3 weeks!

Posted: Sun, Jul 28, 2013

Day 20- Final Day

Location: West End
Author: Ben S.
This morning we woke up bright and early at 6am and were delighted to see that our staff had made us Swedish pancakes for breakfast! After cleaning up we headed to the starting line for our final race. With little wind today we moved slowly, and after an hour and a half we finished and headed for port in West End. We are sad to be leaving each other after what good friends we have become these past three weeks, but we are also glad that we had the opportunity to take part in this incredible adventure and will remember it forever!

Posted: Sat, Jul 27, 2013

Day 19- It’s Almost Over

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Matthew K.
Today was a nice relaxing day. We slept in late and ate pancakes for breakfast. The morning consisted of a mix of dodging rain and waterskiing. We then proceeded to Road Town for lunch and shopping. After that we sailed to Norman Island for the night. As of now, we just finished dinner, which consisted of pasta and salad. Next is Lifeworks. Charlie says this program will be fun, however she is keeping it a secret. Looking back on the entire trip, we have all grown closer together. Our boat is like one giant family. We do not want to leave. The preparation for departure began this evening and it has just hit our boat that these are the last few days we will spend together. I will miss everyone.

Posted: Fri, Jul 26, 2013

Day 18- Salt Island

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Slater A.
Today we got to sleep in until 8am! We were all happy to get on our way and eventually motor over to Salt Island. Salt Island is home to a shipwrecked boat over 300 feet long. The boat has been shipwrecked on Salt Island since 1867 and is completely submerged. We all dove and saw the ship first hand. We also took our sailing tests that we had been studying for for the past two weeks. Later in the day we set sail back to Peter Island. We are now currently waiting to eat dinner and enjoy our last few days in the BVI.

Posted: Thu, Jul 25, 2013

Day 17- We Are The Champions!

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Sara R.
Today was full of excitement and success! The day started off with the first race of the day from Sandy Spit to Steele Point. We didn’t do very well on our first race, but we made up for it later! When we arrived at West End we had shore time, which consisted of some yummy pizza and calls home. It was crazy being at the port where our trip started, and crazy to think it is already day 17! Where did the time go? After fun shore time we began our second race of the day, from West End to Peter Island. We started off at the number one spot on the lineup of boats. Throughout most of the race we were in first place, but then C. Storm passed us and took the lead. For the last 15 minutes of the race we were neck and neck with C. Storm! The entire boat was screaming with excitement when we did our final tack, beating C. Storm across the finish line! Everyone began to cheer and we even got an applause from the shipmates on C. Storm. We are all still impressed with each other, and our accomplishment of coming in first! I am sure we can all agree that this was one of the best days here!

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