BVI: Session 1 - Celestial Storm

Posted: Sat, Jul 6, 2013

Last Day

Location: West End
Author: Melissa S.
After we spent time writing our note cards to all our shipmates and staff last night, we had cookies and went to sleep. This morning we woke up at 6:30 and had oatmeal for breakfast. After breakfast we got ready for our race from the Bight to Road Town to Peter Island. We came in first place! Then, while sailing back to West End, we had a huge boat cleaning so our boat will be clean for the next session. Throughout the day we have been celebrating a shipmate’s 15th birthday. Happy birthday Olivia! Now we have port time at West End until tonight’s BBQ. After the BBQ we will have our last night here and then will wake up early for our last goodbyes tomorrow morning.

Staff Update Day 20

Location: West End
Author: Sam
Hey everyone, Jack and Bobby here again (mainly Bobby). Celestial Storm has been having an absolutely awesome time with this bunch of shipmates and it’s been pleasure to watch them all open up and grow over the last 20 days. Brandon has been a keen hand at the winches, always ready to help get the perfect sail trim and get us on our way. Julie skippered us to a controversial first place during the highly coveted Pringles cup (sour cream and onion flavor) from Sandy (Cay or Spit) to our home port of West End. Alyssa overcame some ear issues and we’re super excited to have her in the water scaring sharks as one of our newly certified PADI Open water divers along with the rest of the buddy teams; Lilly, Griffin, Austin, Brandon, Sam, Lexi, and Nick. With the above the water side of things, everyone passed their IYT competent crew certificate theory and practical with flying colors, Melissa also aced all her flotilla skipper and VHF radio tests. Nick has been taking a keen interest in the goings of the galley and is acting as resident chef adviser to all the chefs of the day overseeing meal preparations for the rest of the crew. For the dinner entertainment, Griffin has been keeping us all entertained by instigating freestyle rap battles between the crew, of which he is usually the victor. For the community service side of the program, the Questers, Coline, Julie, Melissa and Livie have been working hard with Lifeworks with their charities to help with schools on the island and turtle tagging. Thanks for a great session!

Posted: Thu, Jul 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Coline R.
Happy fourth of July! We had a great day! Our day started with the Vegas diving the Rhone and Questers snorkeling. Although the Questers didn’t get to see all the cool sea life that the Vegas did, it was still pretty awesome! But what really made our day was Jack talking to a British naval ship over the radio. After our Rhone adventure it was time for the sailing test! Bum bum bummm! But I’m pretty sure we all passed because we are the best and we have Jack and Bobby teaching us! After the test and lunch, we got to explore Salt Island! Even though it smelled, it was still one of the prettiest views I have seen this whole trip! It was so cool seeing the waves crash into the jagged rocks! Oh! And we also saw several goats which were super cute! After our walk on Salt Island we sailed back to Peter Island and started making breakfast for dinner! After dinner we will probably hang out with the other boats, which is always a blast! Today was incredible, the only thing missing… fireworks! Happy 4th of July! P.S. We got to celebrate Melissa’s birthday with cake, dance parties, and Pitch Perfect! Tonight is going to be fantastic!

Posted: Wed, Jul 3, 2013

3, 2, 1 Let The Race Begin

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Julie
The air was filled with excitement as we readied ourselves for our first sailing race against the other monohulls. As the skipper of the day I attending an early skipper’s meeting, where we discussed the course for the race and our starting positions. We lined our boats up near a small island called Sandy Spit and assigned positions to our crew members. We waited in anticipation for the final ten second countdown that would start the race. Celestial Storm exploded at the starting line and quickly took first place. The whole way to West End we held first and won. The boats met in West End for lunch and free time. After attending the second skipper’s meeting at West End, we prepared for our second race of the day. Though we had a rough start pulling out of the gate, we managed to go from dead last to second place. We anchored in Great Harbor at Peter Island and had Mexican night for dinner. We will finish the night with a sailing review because our theory test and knot test is tomorrow.

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