BVI: Session 2 - Astrid
Posted: Mon, Jul 30, 2012
Staff Update Day 20
Location: West End, Tortola
Having come full circle, looking back on the last 20 days, it is amazing to see everything our crew of Asteroids have accomplished. Although our interpretation of a Kracken attacking a sailboat did not win the sandcastle competition, there were many other boat victories along the way. Open water and advanced scuba diving certifications, International Crew and Flotilla Skipper sailing certifications, and third place in the first race of the session are only a few of the tangible achievements this boat has accomplished. In all of my years at ActionQuest, it’s hard for me to remember a boat that has bonded as quickly as Astrid. Our crew of twelve have become such a cohesive unit that it’s difficult to believe they’ve only known each other for twenty days. Manuel, Mason, Henry, and Sophie all became rock star scuba divers, which they all proved to me by way of an underwater race with no fins, and a dance competition. Nikki, Carly, Giacomo, and Frankie’s dive instructor, continually tells me how proud she is of her group of advanced scuba divers, who I’m told have had a wonderful session of deep dives, night dives, planning their own dives, and even an underwater ninja fight or two. Sarah and Diana, who started the trip with no prior sailing knowledge, have proven their skills at the helm and become fine sailors (I’m also told they can tear it up on a wakeboard now as well). Elle had an amazing time in the Quest program, and the impact she felt after interactions with the local school children surely will not soon be forgotten by those children. Also, Ralph, who told me last night these past three weeks were the quickest 21 days of his life, is not only leaving with a new scuba certification, but a boat full of eleven new friends. The same can be said for Zach, who is not only leaving this trip with multiple certifications, but a new hair style as well. To all my Asteroids: Nikki, Elliot, and I are already missing all 12 of you. As the first and only crew on Astrid this summer, you all made this an unforgettable session. Hitting 9.2 knots, Olympics night, boat dance parties, the bucket jumping over overboard day 2, and the best cookie brownies ever (if I do say so myself) are only a few of the memories I’ll take away from this trip. This. Is. Astrid. P.S. Also, Bollywood.
The Final Day
Today is the final day at ActionQuest. We started the day with a hike to see the sunrise. For this we had to wake up around 4:50. Around 9 we began the big race. During the race we sailed right into a storm, so the race was called off. Disappointed, we motored to West End and on the way had a huge boat clean. We cleaned all of the rooms, all of the heads, and we tossed all the old food overboard. I have never seen Astrid so clean. Now it’s off to a BBQ. I am honored to be the crew on Astrid. This. Is. Astrid!!
Posted: Sun, Jul 29, 2012
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today I woke up to an awesome meal of banana pancakes. Just after breakfast we all went wakeboarding, which was a lot of fun. Then we sailed to Road Town and I was on the helm the entire way! At Road Town there were no gift shops open, so I went straight to the restaurants. We decided on eating at Pusser’s and I got a hamburger literally the size of my face, it was amazing! Road Town has been my favorite port so far.
Posted: Sat, Jul 28, 2012
This morning we woke up and ate breakfast on our way to Salt Island. It was funny because cereal and milk went everywhere. Later that day we dove the wreck of the Rhone. My dive partner/BFF is fabulous. Her name is Diana. We both loved the dive and the history behind it. After that we went on a hike up Salt Island. The rocks and sapphire blue water were beautiful. After that we had a sail chat and took our final exam. Then we motored back to where we started and ate dinner with Mike. We all did an activity with Mike using black and white postcards. During cleanup we decided to have a boat dance party. We are trendsetters. Everyone loves us. Plus Nikki. The waffle. Meow.
Posted: Fri, Jul 27, 2012
This is Astrid!
Today was one of my most highly anticipated days at AQ: race day. The day started off with Eli taking me to the skipper’s meeting where we discussed the course we would be sailing. The morning race was pretty straight forward: sail directly to West End. With the help of much cheering, blue zinc war paint, and the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack, we were the third boat to arrive. Once we got to West End we roamed around and ate lunch at port while the boat was being refilled with water. Before we left Eli, Carly (standing as first mate) and I attended another meeting about the second race of the day. The second race was from West End to Peter Island. This race wasn’t going to be so easy. The course was straight upwind so we had to sail in zigzags to reach the finish line. I was at the helm for the first half of the race, and then Carly took over for the second half. Right before the finish line we snuck in front of our rival boat. So even though we weren’t first, it was still a successful day for Astrid. We had Mexican for dinner (everyone’s favorite) and after we have a sail chat in preparation for our written exams tomorrow. We’re all nervous about the exam tomorrow but we are also really excited for the dive at the wreck of the Rhone! After the sail chat Eli turned off the light. Then we realized that Henry was missing. Music started playing and Henry came out of nowhere running around the boat carrying the stove lighter, supposedly imitating the Olympic torch. Julie came out with a cake with the Olympic rings and 2012 frosted on top. It was the absolute best way to celebrate the Olympics in the middle of the ocean.