We practice all points of sail taking turns both on the helm and trimming the sails , and the very important 'man overboard' drill. Added bonus lesson this week - time to refuel the engine. Patti fills the dinghy tank , while Bev and Lou take on the diesel pump. Hey! As always on a boat you must expect the unexpected. Even the most meticulously maintained boats have things go wrong when you least expect it. Whether it’s merely a clog in the galley sink or something more serious you must be knowledgeable and prepared to handle it. Oops! No engine cooling water flowing - time to change the impeller in the sea water pump. On one trip our steering cable jumped it’s sheave and we quickly installed our emergency tiller and entered the harbor safely.
With all we learn we still have time to relax and enjoy the beautiful BVI. We soak in the sunset with a cold one at the end of the day. We eat wonderful meals both aboard and ashore at Pomato Point restaurant on Anegada which has the best lobster in the BVI.
We enjoy the water and use our ‘sportscar’ to get us to great snorkel spots. We practice for the conch shell blowing contest. Kay is crowned ‘Queen Conch of Marina Cay. In the BVI shopping comes to us! Local artist Aaragorn brings fresh local fruits and breads, handcrafts from the Carib tribe of Dominica, and the best T-shirts in the BVI. Pearline brings jewelry, shirts and sarongs.
We sail, we learn, we study. We are well prepared when it comes time to take our ASA exams. Congratulations! Everyone passed with flying colors. What a week! We’ve done lots of fabulous sailing, learned so much, earned our ASA certification and had a ton of fun doing it. We hadn’t even counted on the best part - the wonderful camaraderie and lasting friendships that sailing together brings.
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