BVI: Session 2 - Spindrift III
Posted: Mon, Jul 30, 2012
Today we woke up and ate a great breakfast of oatmeal. We started clean up after that and Vasia and Jordan made the kitchen sparkle. Later, we started what we thought would be a fantastic, successful race. Sadly, due to the weather, we had to cut the race short and awarded Laurasia with the gold. With rain, waves, and thunder, sailing got intense. It wasn’t too terrible that the race ended short because we were able to get a jump start on our B.A. (Boat Appreciation). We have to make the boat look like it did on the first day. Finishing our B.A., having a barbeque, and hanging out with other boats is still all to come later today.
Staff Update Day 20
Location: West End, Tortola
In the past ten days Spindrift has come a long ways. When you last heard from us the boat was lying in Mt. Point on Virgin Gorda Southeast of Tortola. Since then we have traversed the whole northern coast of Tortola, and had a great time along the way building sandcastles, dancing at barbecues, and enjoying the view from the highest point in the Virgin Islands. More important than the physical distance covered is how the boat has come together as a family. Through all the good times and a few rough ones we have really gotten to know each other, Chris and JB have us all laughing constantly with their jokes and crazy antics. Izzie has been setting the soundtrack to Spindrift’s voyage with her excellent taste in music. I don’t know what we would do without Jordan and Ellie’s talent down in the galley making sure that meals are all delicious, and the galley is a happy and clean place. Taylor and Sara brighten up the whole boat with their smiles whenever they come up from a dive. Blas’ keen interest in sailing and seamanship has helped immensely with his ability to run the deck almost better than the staff. Dylan makes sure that the crew is happy between meals with an ample supply of snack foods to share. Vasilia is always there with a keen insight at the squeeze or to jump in during group conversations. It really is going to be sad tomorrow when all these smiling faces that we’ve gotten to know so well over the past three weeks get on the taxi to go home.
Posted: Sun, Jul 29, 2012
Today was a great day, we woke up after a great sleep to find a cereal breakfast prepared for us. The first thing we did today was have a sweet wreck dive. There was a ton of wildlife. We saw fish, a turtle, and a lobster. Then after that we took our sailing certification test, which everyone passed. We ate lunch of PB and J. We motored to the place we were at on day 3. We showered and had a great dinner. After dinner we had our squeeze. Now we are about to eat Tor’s birthday cake and sign goodbye cards. I hope we do well in the race tomorrow!
Posted: Sat, Jul 28, 2012
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was our fearless leader Jack’s birthday! We celebrated the occasion with pancakes for breakfast and a waterskiing session with Big Blue (the most powerful dinghy with ActionQuest). As far as the pancakes go, they were delicious and Izzie made Jack a special surprise of his name in the cakes. He was very excited. Also, Sarah finished her confined water dives! We were all so excited when she came back in the dinghy with Tucker and Tor with the biggest grin I’ve ever seen on her face! We shared a moment of excitement with her before setting off to Road Town. While we called all of you at home, our lovely Spindrift was getting a little cosmetic surgery of a new mainsail. When our boat was ready to go, we headed back to Peter Island for the night. On our way back we decked out Jack in blue “birthday boy” face paint and debated Sarah Febreezing a camel, while trying to touch the channel marks. After dinner we look forward to a boat party with the Tanis kids! All in all today was a fantastic day and we look forward to the next few before we leave.
Posted: Thu, Jul 26, 2012
Sailing Practical Exam
After an awesome reggae night and a sleep in until 7am, we left Jost van Dyke harbor for our sailing practical test. We all got a grab of the steering. We all passed the test and went for a good lunch. After lunch we did a knot race. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach playing in the sand. Then we had a good dinner.