Early Bravo Trip Update Day 12 – Eric von Aschwege, Program Director
Long Bay is one of those rare “undiscovered” areas of the BVI that remains virtually unvisited by most charter boats. Sail Caribbean tries to visit this bay once on every program – the white sands, shallow waters, and excellent holding for anchors make it spectacular for students to explore. After a late night of snorkeling and diving, students were allowed to sleep until 8 a.m., though most of them woke up with the sun. Once awake, students cooked breakfast and prepped for their morning dive at Lee Bay on Great Camanoe Island. Everyone else went ashore at 9 a.m. for a truck tour with Tim around the hills of Tortola. They went North around the island on Ridge Road, then came back through Road Town.
Back at Long Bay, students swam around the boats, ate lunch, and prepared for the Sail Caribbean Olympics! Each boat made a flag, then dinghied ashore to await the arrival of two Greek Olympians and their Titan! The Olympians arrived by ski-boat chariot and announced the day’s events: Tug-o-War, Synchronized Swimming, Bury your Captain, and a Dizzy Fender Relay. Monet and J. Phaurom tugged and tugged, but couldn’t out-tug Venture, whose crew could have pulled a freight train! Monet came back with a stellar synchronized swimming performance, and the crew of J. Phaurom retold Rapunzel’s fairy tale by sculpting their blonde Captain Desda into a castle!
After returning to their boats, the students learned about sailing at night and prepped their boats for the evening voyage! The boats removed their biminis, pulled up their anchors and motored out of Long Bay as the sun set behind Tortola. Sails hoisted, the students paid close attention to the navigation markers in the channel, and enjoyed watching the stars above as they headed towards Great Harbor on Peter Island. Though Monet was first to arrive in the harbor, J. Phaurom was close behind, and Venture finally picked up their mooring around 10:45 p.m. Everyone is excited for sailing on Opal Bella and waterskiing, wakeboarding, and tubing tomorrow.