BVI: Session 2 - Calypso
Posted: Tue, Jul 26, 2016
Day 20- Last Day
Location: West End, Tortola
As our life-changing experience has come to an end, everyone is sad to say their final goodbyes. Our day started off with an early wakeup, and cereal/oatmeal for breakfast. Later we sailed in a race from The Bight to Peter Island and finished fourth. Then came our boat appreciation cleanup. This cleanup was dreadful, but necessary. After the boat was crystal clear we headed to West End in Tortola for lunch and shore time. As our day comes to an end, we still have the last BBQ to look forward to. All in all, this incredible program has brought us so many amazing opportunities, and guided us on an outstanding journey. A few of us would like to write a little passage about our favorite experiences. Brian H.- my favorite part of the trip was meeting all of the incredible people here, and backflipping with Clark and Jack at the Baths. Jules R.- my favorite parts of the trip were meeting all of these awesome people and diving the Rhone. Clark- The best part of the trip was when Brian, Jack, and I did simultaneous backflips at the Baths. Also meeting all of the incredible people that went on this journey with me. Jack D.- The best parts of the entire trip were definitely the nighttime talks, meeting all of the new people, the jokes Brian made, and doing the flips at the Baths with Clark and Brian. The journey has been incredible. Kaitlyn G.- the best part of the session was definitely how much we bonded as a boat throughout all of our activities. Charlotte D.- the best part of this trip was creating a new family. Max T.- my favorite part was meeting new people from around the world.
Posted: Mon, Jul 25, 2016
Day 19- Scuba Duba
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
As the wonderful trip comes to a close, the crew of Calypso never stops having fun. This morning we had an early wake up call by Mother Nature. I have never seen people wake up so fast! When the real time to wake up came, we were excited; today was the day of the Rhone! The dive was amazing, you could see forever. What made the dive even better was that face that Charlotte and I got certified! All that happened before lunch, which was prepared by Brian and Taylor. When our bellies were full, we started our review for the IYT certification. We all finished the test and then motored to Norman Island. The staff had to go to a meeting and we had some fun (it was responsible fun!). The best thing was throwing an egg at Midnatt, all I have to say is Brian had a direct hit!
Posted: Sun, Jul 24, 2016
Day 18- Road Town
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
I have naturally woken up early throughout this trip, so I got to wake everyone up today! I also made pancakes with Max and Kaitlyn this morning just cause I really like to cook! After that, we did some watersports and everyone went kneeboarding or wakeboarding. Clark made up dives during this time because he made up dives during this time! We then motored from Peter Island to Road Town to have lunch. Brian, Alex (from Midnatt) and I all went to get Chinese food while everyone else ate at different restaurants. Then everyone went to get snacks and guys from Calypso, Caribbean Soul, Midnatt and Sailing Curls. We then went to go get ice cream. We left around 3 to go back to Great Harbor. We are preparing for breakfast for dinner and later tonight we are going to Caribbean Soul for Ariels birthday, which will be really fun. Everyone is excited for tomorrow nights dive, which is on the wreck of the Rhone. Its going to be awesome!
Posted: Sat, Jul 23, 2016
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Wakey Wakey its gonna be a wonderful day! said the random stranger on our boat. We all woke up super confused because we had a random camper on our boat with his PFD, ready to go. We realized it was a prank so we went with it. We talked to him and figured out that he had been chilling and taking our hot sauce since 4am! The funniest part was when he woke up Max; he opened up his hammock and told him to put on sun block and be safe for the day! Our new friend 15 (hes the 15th member of our crew) left, we got prepared for our first race. As we were almost lined up with everyone, our engine broke, but we kept a good face and anyways didnt need it. So as we start raising our newly fixed halyard, it snaps and falls down. We didnt get to race, but we were still in a great mood because we were going to port. After a nice couple of hours in port, we got ready to go on our second race with our fixed engine and main halyard. We started out fast on a port tack with myself on the helm. We made swift tacks trying to keep a steady course. I later gave the helm to Clark. After a couple of rain showers and about 15 tacks, Clark led us to victory in our first race! When we passed the finish line we all chanted our cheer; Deep in the heart of the AQ jungle, you can hear Calypso rumble! We all were extremely happy with our work and later took showers and had a great Mexican night!
Posted: Fri, Jul 22, 2016
Video Update From Week 2
Location: British Virgin Islands
It’s been another busy week in the BVI. Marine Bio research is in full force, most students are now certified scuba divers and many are working hard towards their IYT sailing certifications! We’re now over half way through the trip and some of our students share their experiences so far. #LifeActivated