BVI: Session 2 - La Bella Vita
Posted: Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Day 20 – Final Day
Location: West End, Tortola
We woke up early today to start our big final clean up! We finished our initial clean and ate a breakfast of lemon poppy seed muffins and cereal. Skippers and the skipper shipmates then went to a meeting to discuss the big race, the Pringle Cup. Then we got ready to race!We lined up and our initial standing was 5th to the leeward side. We raced around Road Town and finished at Peter Island. Unfortunately, we came in last. Sambamba from Sailside B then raced us to West End and we won! After arriving on dock we did a final clean up then got ready to go to the BBQ. The last BBQ was so much fun and we had a great last day. The experience/trip flew by and we all can’t believe we are leaving already.So, thank you ActionQuest for the incredible experience.
Posted: Sun, Jul 27, 2014
Day 19- Road Town Race
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
The day started off slow. We got up around 7:30 and the first thing on our schedule was wakeboarding. Not many people went because we were all pretty sleepy but for those who did go, a gentle breeze across the glassy water provided perfect conditions. Then…we sailed. After motoring further away from land, the winds picked up and we sailed to Road Town. In Road Town we all ate at a dockside restaurant and drank banana smoothies! There was also a small grocery store where we topped up on snacks. At 1:45 we were all on the dock getting dinghied back to our boats to prepare for another sail to the Bight. Although it was a race we ended up dead last because our boat A) has a lot of grime growing on the hull, B) a broken batten in the sail (rib that holds the sail’s shape), and C) a super dinghy long-lined behind us creating a lot of drag.When we finally hooked a mooring ball we had a quick salt-water showers and rested for the rest of the day.
Posted: Sat, Jul 26, 2014
Day 18- The Rhone
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today wake-ups had been a late one, until 8am (an unusual occurrence). We had a cereal breakfast and a sail chat followed by our final dive of the trip and by far being the most interesting one. As we descended yellowtail snappers were the first to greet us as we slowly swam to the attraction. The wreck of the Rhone was our destination. The boat of the wreck had had been one of the first iron-hulled ships, measuring over 300 feet. It met its demise during a hurricane in 1867. More than 150 people died, with 23 survivors. About a century and a half later we enter through her massive and now collapsed propeller. It was definitely the most interesting and enjoyable dive. Afterwards we sailed back to Great Harbor and ate a unique dinner of pancake/crepe/tortillas with sausage, cheese and a variety of condiments.
Posted: Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Day 17- Race Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
We woke up relatively early to the sun rising over the majestic island that we spent the previous day on. We had a quick breakfast then set out to finish up our sailing practical exams. We docked at West End for lunch, where some of us consumed deep-fried foot-long hot dogs. After a very filling lunch we raced the rest of sail side to get to a nice bay on Peter Island. We set anchor there and proceeded to prepare a messy feast for Mexican food right as the sun set over Tortola. We devoured tortillas stuffed with beans, cheese, ground beef and hot sauce. The numerous lights of Tortola glared at us as we fell asleep to a breezy night.
Posted: Thu, Jul 24, 2014
Day 16- Sandy Spit
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
The day started off when we broke away from the raft in Little Harbour, Jost van Dyke. Soon after we started to do our practical exam for sailing. The first part was knot tying, then we proceeded to sail out into open water. The second part of the exam was maneuvering the boat and achieving points of sail. We had to stop early because of conditions that got extremely hard to maneuver in. We hadn’t yet seen water this rough. We sailed over to Sandy Spit where we anchored for the night. It was the most picturesque beach that we explored. You are able to circumnavigate the island in around 3 minutes. After spending some time playing in the white sand we had a lovely dinner with Mike, followed by an intriguing Lifeworks session.