BVI: Session 1 - Rossi II

Posted: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

Staff Update Day 21

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: David
Where did the time go? Its our final night together as the Ross III squadron and we’ve come so far forming unique bonds that will forever last in our memories. As always with such experiences, the past three weeks feel like days, yet I feel as if Ive been a part of the Rossi community for ages. I remember how green every shipmate was on the first day, clumsily adjusting to the new environment of life on the water, nervously growing in their skills onboard. But now they’re as salty as can be! Felipe constantly volunteering to monkey up the mast and get the cloth down, whilst Kate expertly helms the boat out of irons with a well-earned confidence. Apart from feeling extremely pleased with their skills as competent mariners, I have witnessed these individuals grow comfortably into the family that is Rossi. Sydnei is more assertive than ever, cheering up the boat with her happy-go-lucky demeanor and permanent smile attached to her face. Or I could speak of Hannah’s confidence and quick wit, constantly creating group activities that have drawn us all closer. And because of this ambiance onboard we have all been fortunate enough to witness Sam’s highly impressive dance moves and clever antics that have made us cry with laughter, especially as Hannah gets into maximum laugh mode. And speaking of doubling up the sides, Ethan’s comments have been consistently on fleek, while Alejandro rattles out business jokes and clips his Nalgene to the lifelines like nobody’s business! The music is blasting as I write this, and Kei is singing, laughing and dancing around the boat, giving a merry vibe as she slaps a massive bright smile on her face. Today’s race really brought bout an enthusiastic end to program as McKenna organized us with a cheery attitude and John danced at the helm. But regardless of where we placed, we have never felt closer as we worked together to show Rossi some final love before freshening up for our last supper. Rossi crew, I’m going to miss each and every one of you, and I hope our paths cross at some point in the future. Never forget what you’ve gained in the last 20 days, I’ll never forget what you’ve given me. P.S. We are working on getting you your flag pieces!

Posted: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

Day 19

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: John G.
Today I am skipper, and there was a morning ski sesh that I had to miss due to cleaning purposes. But that didn’t matter because I enjoyed a well deserved pancake breakfast. Then we sailed off to Road Town, which is the capital of the BVI. There I went to a stellar local restaurant called the Yum Yum Cafe, and followed it with a missed ice cream. We met back at the boat at 1:45 and sailed to the Bight, which was cool because it was the place we stayed the first night. It was a great time because the staff had a meeting and the crew got to take care of each other, feed each other and help clean. Loud music was a must to help get us pumped to clean. All in all it was a great unforgettable trip that I will hold close forever. Thanks Rossi.

Day 20- The End of the Voyage

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: McKenna G.
Today was a very eventful day! We woke up bright and early in order to prep for race day. We had oatmeal and cereal for breakfast and then I headed off to the skippers meeting on Charming Elise. We were briefed about our race course and starting positions. After the meeting we headed back to Rossi and prepped to get underway. Everyone had a great time racing even though our boat didn’t win. After the race we slowly motored back to our home port in West End. While underway we deep cleaned the boat. With 14 hands we were able to restore the boat to ship shape fairly quickly. We ended the day with a fleet wide BBQ at Pusser’s. No one is ready to leave this beautiful place tomorrow!

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