BVI: Session 1 - Calypso
Posted: Sat, Jul 5, 2014
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today was great action packed day! For breakfast we had the usual: cereal. After a bit of sailing we ended up at the wreck of the Rhone for our first dive as certified scuba divers. We got to see the wreck of a ship from 1886. There was so much sea life to see, it was also cool to go through the boat in a tunnel. We motored over to Salt Island. On the way a group of people and I went to the front of the boat during the bumpy waves- in the words of Pablo, #Rollercoaster. We ate lunch and got ready for the hike. On the hike we saw the natural salt ponds. We climbed many hills and saw beautiful views. This by far was my favorite hike. After the hike we went and saw the memorial of Dead Mans bay of the pirates who tried to escape Black Beards bay. Around the memorial were gorgeous shells and coral, great way to remember them. After the hike we hurried to the boat to take showers and head off to the Bight. Sadly this amazing trip is closing to an end, hopefully we will all see each other next year!!!!!!!
Posted: Fri, Jul 4, 2014
Day 18 – Final Port Stop
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today we slept in and woke up at 7 instead of our usual 6:30 to the smell of pancakes cooking on the stove, ready for a less rushed but still very fun day. After breakfast we hopped into Rango (our speedy dinghy) for waterskiing and wakeboarding, except Rango was, as Catie put it, finicky today. That means we had trouble pulling ourselves up but it worked out and almost everyone got up. We even had some first timers. Jacob almost got up on slalom (and would have if not for Rango) and Andres got up for the first time on water skis! Back on the boat, we motor-sailed with the jib to the capitol of the BVIs and our final stop at port: Road Town, Tortola. In Road Town we ate lunch at the Village Cay Marina and had Gelato at La Dolce Vita. After walking around Road Town for a while, we sailed back to Great Harbor. We showered and played in the water with some inventive jumps off the side of the boat and some free-diving. Richard free-dove and saw a three yard long tarpon! Now we are about to eat breakfast for dinner before our sailing exam tonight. Everyone is excited for but more nervous about our exam but Mitch is sure well do fine. Anyway, today was a great day and were all looking forward to tomorrow when we have no exam stress and well dive the famous Rhone shipwreck!
Posted: Thu, Jul 3, 2014
Day 17 – Race Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was a very fast paced and exciting day. We woke up to a rain storm (which Kath was very excited about) and all threw on our rain jackets to go to the bow. After breakfast we had a meeting of all the boat and student skippers to discuss the plan and rules for the upcoming races. We started with the Pringles Cup. This is a shorter race which takes place in the morning as we travel to West End. The race is named that because the winner receives an extra sleeve of Pringles, which is quite a valuable commodity! Though we were not very close to winning, we didn’t come in last! After the first race, we took a stop in West End where we all experienced some deja vu as it is the same place where we started our trip. This is just another sad reminder that our time here is coming to a close. We all had a great lunch at the local restaurant (Pussers), then returned to our boats to begin the next race. This race was much longer and the wind had picked up a lot. This resulted in a very exciting and thrilling race. We finished off the day with a delicious Mexican dinner cooked by one of our very own Mexican chefs! We have a Lifeworks Forum tonight with the rest of sail side.
Posted: Wed, Jul 2, 2014
Day 16- Sailing Practical Test, Oh My!
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Posted: Tue, Jul 1, 2014
Day 15- Sydney’s, Sandcastles and Mt. Sage
Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke