BVI: Session 2 - Portlandia
Posted: Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Another Fun Day on Starboardlandia
Location: Sommer’s Beach, Tortola
Hey everyone! It’s Hannah here, reporting to you live from the best summer camp EVER! It’s been so wonderful here, and I feel so fortunate to be witnessing these amazing experiences. Today dawned early (of course) and bright, and we kicked it off with a Pico pirate race. In case you weren’t aware, Picos are the cutest, most fun, amazing little boats, so it’s always fun to sail them! Anyways the staff put chicklets, water bottles, and plastic bowls, assigned value in points to them, and set us off in groups of two to sail after it. It was hilarious because my friend Sophie and I got stuck like 5 times, but we didn’t capsize thank goodness! Afterwards, we took up anchor and went for a sail out of Muskmelon Bay and into the indigo seas. It was gorgeous out, with the crystal skies and the tiniest bit of morning fog shrouding the islands on the horizon. The wind was good, so we were going pretty fast! There were some large swells which weren’t great on the stomach but were fun to sail through. It was nice to helm, and I would go so far as to say it is my favorite job on the wheel, as it is always nice to be in control of your experiences, and of course, it’s always fun to have people actually listen to your commands. Right now we are prepping for the BBQ, which is exciting! Well, the dinghy is almost here and they are starting to take pictures, so I suppose I’m signing off and hustling up to the bow. Bye for now!
Posted: Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Woah! We’re Halfway There!
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Today was definitely one to remember. We started off the day with a delicious breakfast of pancakes with fruit and lemonade. Right after the dishes were put away Portlandia began their day of sailing. We practiced our man overboard skills by maneuvering the boat and lines properly to execute the drill. Being at the helm today was definitely a highlight of my whole trip. Having the whole boat under my control is one of the best feelings in the world. When the crew moored in Trellis Bay, we ate lunch and went to a very unique jewelry store. Meeting the locals is always a bonus! After leaving port we started our voyage to Muskmelon Bay. After eating chili and rice we did our traditional dinner squeeze. I cannot believe our trip is halfway over! I feel that my crew was growing closer. I am definitely going to miss my new family. Anyways, we are currently watching the beautiful unforgettable BVI sunset. I can’t wait for tomorrow!
Posted: Tue, Jul 18, 2017
Splash! It’s Go Time!
Location: Marina Cay
Today was really fun! We woke up a little early and we raced to Sailing Curls to get ready for our first dive in open water. After we got all of our weights and the rest of our scuba equipment, we took a giant stride into the water off the boat. We did some skills above water and then went down. All of the fish are all around in the awesome reefs. We finished up our skills underwater and we got back to our boat. Once we finished lunch we had to take our open water certification test and we all passed! We tied Turk’s Head anklets and bracelets and went over our test. We all took fresh water showers and it was awesome. We just finished dinner with Rose from the media team and Myles the compressor guy from Manic, and can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings us.
Posted: Mon, Jul 17, 2017
Sailing Through Rainbows
Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Today was day 10 in ActionQuest, and it was great. We started off waking up at 6 AM and then I had to go to finish my confined water dive number four and five and it was amazing. Then when I was done I came back to the boat so we could go and start our day sailing and learn some procedures to do man overboard drills in the worst-case scenarios. Everyone had a chance to do the exercise at least one time until we conquered the skill and had to sail to port to get some water. We went for the water and then came back to the anchorage. While we came back there was a big rainstorm we came through. It was great, and we showered when we came back. After that, we had dinner and finished off the day with a sail chat.
Posted: Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Today we woke up with an amazing breakfast and went straight into the day. We started off with Pico races between teams of six. Then we made some pretty cool monkey’s fist knots. After all that we went kneeboarding and I did jumps- 180s, 360s, and a 720 only on my second go! We came back to the boat and I talked to Rose from the media team about drones and photography and how it all works with AQ. Then we finally finished our confined water dive section of the course. We saw a really big crab as well. We also learned about navigation and sailboats and avoiding reefs. We were all telling jokes and jumping off the boat and diving and we just all had a blast. I hope this camp doesn’t end because you learn so much in such an open learning environment.