BVI: Session 2 - Wind Shadow

Sunny Sailing

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Alexia N.
After a long evening of dancing the previous night, we started our day by waking up at 6:30 (usual) and having some delicious oatmeal. In the morning we learned how to sail the Rhodes 19 sailboats which we managed to navigate through a noon-storm and through patches of no wind. Later, we learned how to read dive tables from Hannah, our dive instructor. For lunch, we had some quick deli sandwiches before hopping onto our dinghy to the beach. We windsurfed some more around the sandy beaches of Vixen Point, where our whole fleet is anchored. My favorite part of the day definitely was sailing the small Picos. I tried to push the tiny boat over after capsizing. After we got back on our boat we went to the dock at Leverick Bay to fill up our water tanks and watch the men on the dock whip the cleat knots when tying us to the dock. We then sailed to a place called Mountain Point where we will be anchored for the next few nights. Before dinner, we took quick salt water showers and prepared burritos for our delicious Mexican night. At around 8:30 we started on a scuba chat, preparing to finish the course in the following days. We are all looking to our dive tomorrow! After a long day, we all fell asleep (or tried to) waiting for another incredible day!

Posted: Fri, Jul 14, 2017

It Was Knot A Dull Day

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Gabby M.
Today turned out to be one of my favorite days upon our voyage. We started off with an informative lecture about the conservation of our coral reefs and the sea creatures living in the water. Next, we got to snorkel and see some of our living coral in person. After a jam-packed morning, we ate lunch and had an hour to hang out with the rest of our extraordinary shipmates and staff members. Without a second to lose, everyone put on their gear and went wakeboarding. Although it was difficult for some shipmates, and me, everyone strived to make the best of the experience and gave it their best shot. We had a brief introduction to the knots that we have to know in order to obtain our sailing license. It was a very memorable experience because everyone was helping and encouraging each other until we all figured it out and perfected it.

Posted: Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Sailing Day

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Nat M.
We got to sleep in until 8:30 this morning because it was storming. It cleared up and we had French toast for breakfast. Then we prepared to set sail, but we got a little side-tracked when we realized our anchor was lodged under a giant rock. It took us an hour to get it out! After, we motored to a bay to eat lunch and go for a little swim. For lunch, we had chicken salad sandwiches which were good. After lunch, we sailed to Vixen Point for the night. We got up to 8 knots while sailing. We had veggie burgers and mashed potatoes for dinner. We ended the night by screaming songs and laughing hard.

Posted: Wed, Jul 12, 2017

A Day in the Sun

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Lexie L.
This morning started off early. We woke at 6:30 to get started for an action-packed day. We had a healthy breakfast of oatmeal and apples before we headed off for our first day of diving. We arrived at the beach and set up our scuba gear for a morning full of scuba diving. Since this was our first day we stayed in shallow water. We practiced all of the skills we learned earlier in the week. It was so exciting to take our first breaths underwater. After scuba, we returned to the boat for lunch and to rest for the afternoon. After lunch, we went back to the beach to learn how to windsurf, we rotated going windsurfing and waterskiing. I really enjoyed being out on the water and wakeboarding. After a long, fun-filled day at the beach, we returned for dinner and watched a beautiful sunset and also got to see a double rainbow that stretched all across our beach view!

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