BVI: Session 1 - La Bella Vita

Posted: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

Day 18 – Wreck Dive!!

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Xander P.
Today was another day that felt like it lasted forever! We woke up and had cereal to start off our day. Everyone jumped into the dinghies and got ready to dive/snorkel. We went to the Rhone which is huge really cool shipwreck! We got to swim through the bow and see so many cool things! We got out and after an hour or so dinghied back to Bella to go on a hike.We climbed up a small mountain that had a salt lake behind it (apparently the Queen gets her salt from it). We got back and sailed to GHP where we had breakfast for dinner and a fun night!

Posted: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

Day 17 – Race Day!

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Elena P.
Today was an awesome day! It started off at 5AM with a short dinghy ride to watch the sunrise, which was amazing, even though we got surprised with some rain. Then we had a delicious breakfast of oatmeal. Followed by a skippers meeting for me, while my crew prepared the boat. For the first race we were seated 7th in line.We worked together to pull out the jib, being one of the first boats out of the line finishing in 5th place, which we were all very excited about.Once we got our sails down we grabbed a mooring ball and grabbed a quick bite to eat.We were back on Bella by 1:30 ready to begin our second race. Lining up third for this race, my mates, Derek, Josh and Ian helped Bella come in 4th for this race. During this race we all sat up on the high side listening to music. After getting down our sails for the second time today it was time to anchor and being making a Mexican feast. Once we finished dinner, it was time for Aaron, Linda and Karl to attempt to beat our clean up time. Our time was 15:33 with 2 penalties, they put up a good fight but they fell second behind our fast time. Currently we are all sitting on the bow eating Derek’s Fig Newtons. We are all trying to make the best of our last days together as a team.

Posted: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

Day 16

Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Author: Ian K.

Today was a bit different than the traditional travel or rotation day. Waking up early after the late night BBQ at Sydney’s was tiring but we quickly made our way to start the testing day! There were rotations where we were each tested on our ability to man the helm and pilot our ship around a sailing circle, and then review our knot tying skills. After everyone got through the exercises, we anchored at Sandy Spit. It was a beautiful evening after the test day and we ate the delicious franks and beans! One of the best meals this trip. Mike (finally) came over for dinner and we had a great time having a heart to heart using these incredible black and white postcards. We learned a little bit about ourselves and each other and our boat came EVEN closer. Now our boat is heading off to a Lifeworks Forum, so it should be another dreamy night under the moonlit sky. Tomorrow is race day and we can’t wait!

Posted: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

Day 15

Location: Sydney’s, Jost van Dyke
Author: Graysen K.

Day 15 was easily called the longest day of the trip. I woke up at the crack of dawn so we could eat breakfast before our hike. Then, once we all arrived on the dock, Mike briefed us on what we were in for. We were told that we are going to hike a total of 6 miles, up and down, on Sage Mountain. Although the hike was straight up the hill and very tiring, the view at the top was totally worth it. The best part about it all was that after we finished the hike, we got to enjoy some burgers and snacks. Then we motored over to a small island to have a sandcastle competition. I have yet to see what our sand castle looked like due to the fact that I was buried under it. I’m sure it was amazing. The end of the day was definitely the best ending we’ve had all trip. We all got to hang out at Sydney’s restaurant with a buffet of food and plenty of shops to buy some clothes. It was easy to tell this day was long because everyone was basically falling asleep at 8:30. Tomorrow is the practical sailing test, so everyone is starting to prepare. I hope everything goes well tomorrow. Can’t wait for these next few days together.

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