BVI: Session 3 - Spindrift III

Posted: Thu, Aug 15, 2013

Staff Update Day 16

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Charlie
Everyone’s been keeping busy this past week and we now have several newly certified divers and sailors on board! We spent a beautiful day on Anegada at the beach. Evan went snorkeling with Carlos, Sebastian, and Gonzalo. Some enjoyed lunch at a beach-side restaurant, and some brought a picnic lunch from the boat! We ended the day with a fantastic night sail where everyone had a chance to drive the boat using only the compass! The following day Brendan snorkeled and everyone else dove at a cool site called the Chimney’s. Before we knew it, sail practical test day came, but after man tacks, jibes, heave-tos, and MOBs, Bailey, Marita, Eloise, Michael, Sebastian, Brenda, Carlos, and Gonzalo passed with flying colors! We spent the next two days in Muskmelon Bay on Guana Island, where all the shipmates finished their open water course! A relaxing beach BBQ was then enjoyed by all on Sandy Spit. The next day, with Sebastian at the helm, we competed in the first two sailing races. We did some smooth handling, and though we didn’t win, we felt satisfied that we had sailed the boat the best we could! In these last few days, the shipmates have been diving at the Rhone wreck, hiking on Salt Island, exploring Road Town, having one last ski, and nailing the sailing written test! We had an exciting final race and fun last day with each other before everyone heads for home! Even the staff are preparing to pack all the gear away and head off the island! If only summer really was endless…

Day 16- Last Day

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Julia V.
This morning for breakfast we all had Lucky Charms. Charlie and I went to the skipper’s meeting. After that we raced, then sailed to West End. I am sad that today is our last full day, but I am excited to go home to see my friends and family.

Posted: Wed, Aug 14, 2013

Day 15- Road Town and Sail

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Gonzalo C.
Today was a great day. It was a day of laughs and joy. We got to meet Road Town, which was a lot of fun. Then we set sail to the Bight on Norman Island. We had a great time here, it was a place of firsts. Mike and Carlos achieved their back-flips and Eloise her dives. Everyone’s realizing that the session is ending and trying to make the best out of the little time left. The group is really coming together and looking back to the experiences that we lived through. We ended the night writing cards to each other about our feelings. This day was probably one of the days we enjoyed the most as a group. I’m really sad that the session is ending because of the great times we had.

Posted: Tue, Aug 13, 2013

Day 14-Salt Island Hike and Race

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Carlos M.
Today we began our day by motoring to Salt Island, where we ate breakfast and dove a sunken ship, the RMS Rhone. Then we did a hike on Salt Island, it was amazing. We saw some amazing cliffs with awesome views and ran on the mountains. Then we had a race, it was great. It was really tight with Tanis, at first we were losing but then we picked up and beat them. Then we anchored in Great Harbor. Gonzalo, Michael, and I spent all of our shower time doing back-flips, and when we realized that VISAR showed up for training with Lifeworks it was great. I had an awesome time and Evan made blue eggs, let’s see how that turns out.

Posted: Mon, Aug 12, 2013

Day 13- Race Day

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Sebastian O.
Today we woke up really early, ate oatmeal, and Charlie told me to paint my face because we were going to do a race. We went to Changes for a skipper’s meeting about the race. When the meeting ended all the ships in the start line and ready was such a beautiful thing, five ships in a line, ready to sail. The race started, bad luck, we ended last. We went to port in West End where we ate breakfast and got groceries. We were there from 10am to 1pm. At one they called us to another skipper’s meeting for another race. This race was much longer, we thought it would be 1 or 2 hours but it ended up being like three and a half. I drove the whole race, standing up three and a half hours; but when I tell the crew we were going to tack they prepared perfectly and they did the tack perfectly. We never lost speed. I am very proud of them. The night arrived and it’s Mexican night and we ate tacos. It was a pretty fun day, this crew is the best.

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