BVI: Session 2 - Calypso
Posted: Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Day 20- Last AQ Day
Location: West End, Tortola
Today we woke up very early, we woke up at 5:30am! We started to clean the boat right after breakfast. The boat wasn’t very dirty but we still had to work hard to get everything clean. At around 8am we had a skipper’s meeting on Charming Elise, Mike’s boat. There we got briefed about today’s race. At 8:30am we set sail towards Road Town in a race against every AQ monohull. The route was from the Bight to Road Town, around the green mark, then to the finish line at Peter Island. Our boat Calypso came in fourth place. After the race we came to West End and now we’re preparing the boat for deliverance to the Sunsail charter base and packing for tomorrow.
Posted: Sun, Jul 27, 2014
Day 19 – The BVI Capital
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today we had a lie in till 0700 and then a relaxed breakfast. Unfortunately, Kelly flew home today which was an emotional time for all of us and whilst we will all miss her, we wish for the best. After breakfast we went out for our final session of waterskiing and wakeboarding before sailing over to Road Town, the capital of the BVI. Using Linda’s knowledge we found the local supermarket which had an amazing deli, we could tell that is was a good spot as it was filled with locals. Most of us got BBQ chicken and rice or noodles and for only $5 it was a feast. After lunch we went to the gelato parlor, which had amazing ice cream, which was the perfect thing to soothe the blistering heat. After Road Town we had a friendly race to The Bight, in which we placed third. Now we’re doing a big boat appreciation so that we can get more shore time and don’t have to do it tomorrow.
Posted: Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Day 17- Race Day 1
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we sailed to West End, the starting point of our first race.After some time ashore, we quickly hurried to ready the ship to be underway and reefed the sails because the winds were more than mildly gusty. When we left the harbor, we began timing ourselves, not racing the boats all at once due to the necessity to tack and the narrow channel. With a change in winds that was sadly not in our favor, Calypso came in third place with a time of 3 hours and 3 minutes and all the tired shipmates retreated to the salon for our last sailing chat. After eagerly listening to our review for tomorrows sail theory test, we went to sleep with dreams of our IYT certifications.
Posted: Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Day 16- Sailing Day
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Apres une bonne nuit, des 7:15 du matin, la journee commence bien avec un petit dejeuner “French toast” et Nutella. Six bateaux, attaches les uns aux autres partent progressivement. Le notre a ete le dernier avant de partir, Mitch nous apprends que aujourd’ hui est une grande journee de voile et que c’est le moment de nous evaluer. Mais our cela: pas de stress! Simplement, nous devons etre actif et comprendre a peu pres tout. L’evaluation ecrite sera dans trois jours, et ce sera a le moment la que l’on saura si on areussi ow pas. Apres un dejeuner buerre de cacaouette et confiture, nous nous sommes un peu reposes puis nous sommes alles sur une toute petite ile de sable. Ici nous anons pu retrouver les gens pes autres bateaux et discuter avec eux. Nous avons fait le tour de c’ile et nous avons pu nager dans l’eau turquoise. Pour finir la journee, nous sommes rentres sur le bateau et nous avons tous pris une vraie douche. C’est a dire avec de l’eau prope et dans la salle de douche.
Posted: Wed, Jul 23, 2014
Day 15- Longest Day Of Our Lives
Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
Today started with a 6am wake-up call. We got up, gathered our things, ate breakfast and headed to the dock to get ready for our 6 mile hike up and down Mt. Sage. We started the steep ascent and were exhausted in the first five minutes. After about an hour and a half of hiking we made it to the summit. There we took quick photos and wrote our name in the book of hikers who made it to the top. Then we headed back down after getting some banana smoothies. We were shocked to find that the walk down was almost as hard as up. Once making it to the bottom we went to get lunch, gather some groceries, then headed back to our boat. Next we sailed the boat to a sandy island. There we participated in a sand castle contest. After much debate we chose to make a dragon out of sand. It actually came out quite good up until the water came and destroyed it. From there we went back to the boat and took the fastest shower of our lives. After we all shower we motored to another island. Here we all rafted the boats together in preparation for the night’s BBQ. After having some downtime we walked onto the docks and got in line to buy t-shirts from Sydney’s Peace and Love. After eating and shopping we enjoyed some reggae til about 11pm. We then made our way back to our boats where we then laid down and finally passed out from exhaustion. Today was definitely the longest, most action-packed day of our lives!