BVI: Session 1 - Sambamba

Posted: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

Staff Update Day 21

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Lisa
Wow! We cannot believe it is already day 20! As we wake up this morning in the Bight at Norman Island, the boat is abuzz with energy in anticipation of the final race. We have been practicing our sailing skills- winching, tacking, jibing and trimming our sails to gain the last drop of power from the wind so Sambamba can fly home with first place medals! Wish us luck! Many aboard have earned their IYT certifications- an internationally recognized credential. The Vegas have all earned their PADI open water dive certifications, while the Barracudas were fine tuning their diving via earning their PADI advanced certifications along with night, boat, and fish ID specialties. Besides the certifications, Sambambans will go home with a sense of accomplishment- having stood up together to the challenges of living and sailing along the beautiful Caribbean waters and amazing beaches. We arrived as strangers but have departed as friends.

Posted: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

Day 20- Race Day

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Mo A.
We started the day eating cereal and oatmeal. After, we raised our sail and got in line for the race from Norman Island to Peter Island. We were seventh in the line and we ended up getting second place. During the race we had to tack around a green buoy. While tacking we were cut off by Zourite. After the race we had to clean the boat. When we finished cleaning we got off the boat and went to a BBQ at Pusser’s in West End. Tomorrow will be the final day; we will head to the airport and go home.

Day 19

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Bella E.
Today was a fun and exciting day for everyone. We started off the day in Peter Island, where we quickly ate breakfast and started heading over to the Rhone dive site. As soon as everyone got their gear on, we jumped in and began to explore the wreck. The shipwreck made for an amazing dive and it has an interesting story behind it. We saw all sorts of species and plants living off the ship and we even got to rub the lucky porthole that survived the wreck. After we ended the dive we went for a brief hike on the island that we anchored next to. It was pretty tiring at first, but once we reached the top the view was more than worth it. When the staff finally made us leave the gorgeous view, we went to where we will be spending one of our final nights on the water.

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