BVI: Session 1 - Astrid

Posted: Sat, Jul 6, 2013

Full Circle

Location: West End
Author: Nico A.
Today wasn’t particularly adventurous, but it was symbolic. We began our journey 20 days ago here, at West End, and wow it has unfortunately passed. Not to say that I’m not excited to return home, but I’m sad that the people that are this trip that made this experience so awesome will never be together again, or at least not in the same way. It is comforting to be at the starting point with the same people. It makes you realize just how well you get to know some people. At first I only knew a handful of people, but now I know everyone in the whole program. All I can say is thanks AQ, I’ll keep the memories forever.

Staff Update Day 20

Location: West End
Author: Sam
The time has absolutely flown by here on Astrid as we approach our last day of the program. During the past three weeks we’ve become a close knit family, and I know that Jack, Pippa, and I will miss each and every shipmate. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to watch the team of Astrid grow as a team and as individuals. It wasn’t always easy, but the Astrid crew managed to overcome the challenges that came their way- and keep each other laughing in the process! As each member leaves the dock tomorrow, with new sailing and diving certifications in hand, we are excited for the next step in their journey and the new experiences that await them.

Posted: Fri, Jul 5, 2013

Road Town!

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Annie K.
Today we all woke up and got to have one of our last breakfasts- pancakes. After that we all got to ski for the last time. Everyone had fun showing off what they had learned. After that we set sail to Road Town. I was skipper so I got to drive the boat. Once we arrived in Road Town we took a dinghy to shore. Most of us had lunch on the water, while some people went to the market to stock up on food. After lunch we went to an ice cream shop that had the best Gelato I have ever had! After Road Town we sailed back to Norman Island. Towards the end of the sail, our rival boat Changes came up next to us and we had a little race, which we won. Once we were anchored we all took showers while the staff had their final meeting, and then started cooking broccoli and cheddar pasta for dinner.

Posted: Thu, Jul 4, 2013

Day 18

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today Astrid shipmates woke up early to head to the Rhone. After diving the wreck, a British mail ship sunk in 1867 during a hurricane, the next activities were taking the IYT written sail test and exploring Salt Island. After the short hike Astrid set sail back to Peter Island, where a group dinner with the boat Changes was enjoyed by all.

Posted: Wed, Jul 3, 2013

Race Day

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Archer B.
Today was the most wild and intense day of my entire life. After arising at approximately 6am, we enjoyed a hearty bowl of oatmeal. I then embarked on a skippers’ meeting before the great race. At precisely 9am the countdown began. Luckily I put the team on my back and took the helm. We unfurled the jib once the countdown was finished. We took the lead, but then fell behind. We went into an intense battle with the boat Changes. We continued to cut them off from starboard to port. After placing in the top 7, we arrived at West End and crossed the finish line at around 10. We ate lunch at port and prepared for the afternoon race. This race was equally intense. We tacked back and forth all afternoon as the race dragged on. We finished in 4th place and it was the perfect end to a fantastic day. After conquering 7 foot waves and a few rain showers, we enjoyed a fantastic end to an extreme day.

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