BVI: Session 2 - Portlandia

Another Amazing Day in Portlandia

Location: Mountain Point, Virgin Gorda
Author: Sam O.
Even though I slept like a rock, the BBQ managed to cancel out my sleep. So basically, we were all still tired. Emma gave us permission to sleep in, however, most of us were up by 7:30. That, followed by some batches of oatmeal, we went our separate ways. The Carinas left to Sailing Curls to learn about underwater naturalist scuba diving, while the Vegas finished their last quiz before their big test. Afterwards, we left Prickly Pear Island to arrive at Leverick Bay. We all rushed to the supermarket to get our snacks and the rest of the time was spent telling our parents how much fun we are having. After we left port our shipmate Max led a perfect sail and jib raise, with no help from Emma! Nick P. continued the smooth sailing. First ones in at Mountain Point! I got the opportunity to lead the anchoring, which made me feel responsible as if those 23 tonnes were supported on my shoulders. Emma turned on the speakers and the dancing started. Matteo kept his great spirits flowing, which lightened the moods. Just remember, here in Portlandia, we like to dance.

Posted: Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Non-Stop Day

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Colin R.
After we woke up we had cereal and it was great. We went to the beach and did many activities and games. We started off with volleyball and later on, we continued with an amazing exciting game of capture the flag. We went swimming in the ocean so we could cool down from all the sun. We went on an amazing new experience which was on little sailboats called Picos. After that, I tried windsurfing and it was an amazing experience, even though it was kind of hard at first but easier as we went. Then we had chicken salad sandwiches that were delicious. Then the Vega students had a coral conservation chat while the advanced divers went on their deep dive. We came back to the boat and went on Rhodes sailboats and we learned the different functions and how to maneuver the boats. Then we had to shower and get ready for the BBQ. We went to the BBQ and had a great dinner and dance time.

Posted: Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Dancin’ in the Rain

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Nick P.
Yesterday we arrived in Vixen Point and rafted up next to the three other boats from sail side A. Later in the night the rain started, then the lightning, then very soon the winds rocked the boats back and forth next to each other. From under the deck, I could see us sliding away from the boat next to us. We circled for a while in the pouring rain and wind gusts up to 40 knots. It was very suspenseful but personally, I loved the excitement. The hatch door opened and walked down am our amazing skipper Emma who had done a great job. She announced to us that we and the other three boats were secured onto moorings and that everything was fine. Surprisingly enough, I slept great. We woke up the next morning and it was still raining. We had a dance party in the rain on the stern and French toast for breakfast. After that was watersports (waterskiing, wakeboarding, and kneeboarding). Half of the people did that and the other half tied knots on the boat, then we switched. After mac & cheese for lunch, we all went snorkeling in the mangroves which were very fun. Next was shower time of the stern of the boat. We had veggie burgers, beans, and mashed potatoes for dinner and brownies after that which leads me to right now as I’m sitting here writing this.

Posted: Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Finally Going at a High Speed

Location: Vixen Point, Gorda Sound
Author: Nico O.
We woke up at an unusually early time. Everyone was really tired because we had to wake up at 6 am. After that, I put on my swimsuit and we ate breakfast. Then we started our voyage, as I took the lead as skipper. Our destination was the Baths on Virgin Gorda. While in the Baths we had to climb large rocks in order to jump into the crystal clear sea. We had instructions from the instructors to be back on the beach by 9. Soon after we headed to Spanishtown. Once we got there it was drizzling. When we docked the boat we got changed and Emma gave us back our phones. We were really happy. When we were heading to the restaurant I felt “landsick”, meaning that I felt like the ground was moving beneath me. When we got to the restaurant I got a hamburger and my brother got wings. They were divine. After that, I talked more with my father and mother. At 1 pm we had to return to the boat. As soon as we got to the boat we had to give back our phones and begin to sail. In the middle of our sailing trip, we reached a speed of 9 knots. I was driving until we got to the mooring ball where we stopped and took a shower. The plan for the day was to join all of the four boats of sail side A into a raft where we will spend the next two nights. Getting close to dinner people were surprised because they saw something strange. When I got to see what all the fuss was about I saw that it was a Remora. Now we’ve had a delicious dinner of beef stroganoff, and now we’re settling down for our first sail chat.

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