Bravo 3 Trip Update Day 8 – Eric von Aschwege, Program Director
The Bravo fleet slept in today after a long Challenge day on Monday, the chefs were up a bit before everyone else to start one of the best breakfasts at Sail Caribbean: Pancakes!! They enjoyed Banana, Apple, Cinnamin, Chocolate Chip, and of course Regular pancakes… what variety! Once breakfast was over, the boat was cleaned and everyone gathered their gear to go ashore to the Bitter End Yacht Club.
It was a beautiful clear day as everyone gathered on the dinghy dock ashore as Eric explained the activities – we had a hike, skiing and wakeboarding, tubing, small boat sailing, sailing on Opal Bella, beach activities, swimming of course, and shops and a great restaurant for lunch if students wanted. At first almost everyone went straight to the shops, but a few got into the ski boat and small sailing boats for some excitement on the water. Jack and Christopher hopped aboard the skiboat and went boarding and skiing – Jack got up on the wakeboard on his first try ever, way to go!! Maddy and Ben continued with their Basic Keelboat on Opal Bella, while others went sailing in a Pico and Hobie Cats and zipped around the eastern end of the North Sound.
After lunch, Perry showed up in a second skiboat with the Paparazzi, a tube for 3 people. Everyone who wanted to go for a ride got to hop in and get towed around the North Sound. Boatload after boatload returned from riding in the Paparazzi – all grinning ear to ear and soaking wet!
Around 3pm everyone gathered on the beach and learned from Beta, Jess, and Tex about dangerous marine critters that we occasionally see around the BVI, including lionfish, jellyfish, and sea urchins. Our marine biology session also included information about types of sea turtles that we often see in the channel.
Once we got back to boats, we showered and then motored out of the North Sound to Mountain Point, where everyone anchored and prepared for their Chili Cookoff. The Chileans arrived a bit later than expected, but they visited each boat which had prepared a show or skit before presenting their chili for judging. The Chileans visited Vivaldi where they initially thought they themselves might be added to the chili… the Vivaldi crew was very quiet until the Chileans finally took a bite and then everyone shouted Chili and joined the celebrations. When they visited Sao Jorge, they were treated to a live version of Finding Nemo!! They found Nemo… in the chili, mmmm!!!
Photos from fleet will follow soon.