Posted: Tue, Jul 26, 2016
Location: West End, Tortola
Today our staff awoke to the lovely students from dive side from the catamaran Great White on Sabamba. We on the other hand, were on their boat. I don’t totally recall how it happened but think it might have something to do with Ruth’s friend Cat running around in a dinghy at 5 in the morning. After eating their cereal we returned to our own boat, but were unable to board because Ruth and Kris had “forgotten who we were and thought we were pirates” and were squirting us with water guns. After all that chaos we decided to make pancakes because the other students had already started to. Shortly after the delicious pancakes I had to go to the Skipper’s meeting with Ruth for race day. I lucked out by being skipper on race day but I figure its only fair because earlier in the trip I had to cook chili again on passage for the second time, after cooking chili on the first passage to Saba and barfing it back up. There were so many jokes about my fate. Anyways at the meeting Mike showed us the course of the race, what position to start in, and where to be cautious. After grabbing some extra Ziploc bags and paper towels we departed from the meeting. Back on Sabamba I told everyone else what was going to happen. Neil helmed the boat to the starting line. We started off strong but dropped in position. The 54ft monohulls have very large jibs that make it almost unfair. Then when rounding the buoy at road harbor Calypso tacked in front of us when we had right away. Because of those too factors we only got 6th but I’m happy anyways. I think our boat really performed well as a crew as much chanting was involved. It was a lot of fun. After the race we started Boat Appreciation (clean up) early, so when we arrived in West End we were almost done. Neil and I collected money to go order pizzas so when the other boats were still cleaning we ate pizza on the dock. We now have the rest of the day to explore West End before the final BBQ at Pusser’s Restaurant. I’m really looking forward to coming home as everyone else is too but I always miss being here. Action Quest really is the best thing ever!