ActionQuest

BVI: Session 3 - Squeaky Brat

Posted: Sat, Aug 15, 2015

Staff Update Day 17


Location: West End, Tortola
Author: David

It’s day 17 and I can’t believe that in a matter of hours I will be returning S/Y Squeakybrat to Road Town without a single shipmate on board. I won’t be able to depend on Arianna’s fantastic helming on the way out of West End, whilst still politely reminding me of the battery alarms. Emilio and Dassa won’t be on board to cheer everyone up with their infectious smiles and exhilarating dance moves. And Beth “the dependable” won’t be there to discretely do all the tiding up and coiling of dock lines. I’m also going to miss Leo standing by on the lazy jib sheet; along with Matt & Daniel we’d consistently have hilarious conversations about gigantic Jurassic sharks and landlocked countries in the African continent. Session #3 has been incredible. Watching Tommy perfect his MOB technique and become a knot-master has been extremely fulfilling for me. But beyond the hard-skills taught at AQ it’s been fantastic watching my students develop and group mentality to get things done. Danika has really taken initiative, leading by example whenever a task was thrown at her. Brechin really brought everyone together with her cheery attitude and motherly instincts. And who could forget Ilan & Jay’s continual joking and laughter which continually lightened the mood and lifted our spirits? Although the sailing and scuba certifications are a great take home, I believe we all grew emotionally in this experience over the past 16 days together. Thank you for all your hard work and strength Squeaky B. We wouldn’t have been the same without you.

Posted: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

Day 16- Big Day


Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Brechin C.

Squeakybrat had another early rise this morning to get ready for the big final race between the other 6 boats. We sailed from The Bight to Road Town and came in 6/7. We then decided to motor the rest of the way to West End where we did a full clean, packed our bags and took in the little time we had left on the water. We are now docked at shore and are doing final touch ups to get Squeaky clean! Later tonight all of ActionQuest will be heading to our final BBQ where we will say our last goodbyes to the ones we won’t be able to see tomorrow morning. What a great way to finish off the last session of summer. See you all next year!

Posted: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

Day 14- Underwater Beauty


Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Emilio G.

Another amazing day in the BVIs began with a simple yet satisfying cereal breakfast. Immediately following our last spoonful, the dishes were completed and we were set to sail. We rotated through all the roles of retrieving a man overboard. This was a great review for our sailing exam. Following the sailing, we docked at West End and got our land legs back. The feeling of not rocking back and forth made this port stop much better. After some brief shopping I was pulled away for the skipper’s meeting to discuss the race. Today was the best day to be a skipper. Once the route and plan was set, we lined up for the start of the race of the century. At the starting signal, our notorious boat, Squeakybrat took a quick lead. Steering the boat was incredibly interesting, and having the whole ship on my shoulders motivated me to get the job done! In previous years, this boat was not known to be fast at all, but 2hrs into the race we found ourselves in second place. CRUNCHTIME!
On top of the crazy pouring rain, the race was approaching crazytime! On our last tack we could see the finish line, then the jib sheet snapped! That was the worst sound I could have possibly heard after a couple of hours clawing our way to the top of the fleet. That was the end of our hopes in the race. Motoring back to the anchorage was the downside of our action-packed day. After our showers, we feasted on Mexican burritos and tortillas. Another race today was cleanup. On our previous Mexican night we had tied the staffs record time in doing the dishes with a time of 16 minutes. It was the most chaotic 15 minutes of the trip, however it ended in victorious celebration. Now the staff must wear the large orange PFDs for the whole day tomorrow. At least our day ended with some solid victory!

Posted: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Day 13- The Race Of The Century


Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Ilan B.

Another amazing day in the BVIs began with a simple yet satisfying cereal breakfast. Immediately following our last spoonful, the dishes were completed and we were set to sail. We rotated through all the roles of retrieving a man overboard. This was a great review for our sailing exam. Following the sailing, we docked at West End and got our land legs back. The feeling of not rocking back and forth made this port stop much better. After some brief shopping I was pulled away for the skipper’s meeting to discuss the race. Today was the best day to be a skipper. Once the route and plan was set, we lined up for the start of the race of the century. At the starting signal, our notorious boat, Squeakybrat took a quick lead. Steering the boat was incredibly interesting, and having the whole ship on my shoulders motivated me to get the job done! In previous years, this boat was not known to be fast at all, but 2hrs into the race we found ourselves in second place. CRUNCHTIME!
On top of the crazy pouring rain, the race was approaching crazytime! On our last tack we could see the finish line, then the jib sheet snapped! That was the worst sound I could have possibly heard after a couple of hours clawing our way to the top of the fleet. That was the end of our hopes in the race. Motoring back to the anchorage was the downside of our action-packed day. After our showers, we feasted on Mexican burritos and tortillas. Another race today was cleanup. On our previous Mexican night we had tied the staffs record time in doing the dishes with a time of 16 minutes. It was the most chaotic 15 minutes of the trip, however it ended in victorious celebration. Now the staff must wear the large orange PFDs for the whole day tomorrow. At least our day ended with some solid victory!

Posted: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

Day 12


Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Author: Leo L.
Today was an action packed thrill ride! It was bubbling with entertainment, just like every day here at ActionQuest. I woke up to the sweet, soft melody of “Summertime” and from there my day just got better. We began with a scrumptious breakfast made with our fresh ingredients. After breakfast our rotations began. I started with some waterskiing and from there I moved on to a documentary about Irving Johnson, and then I moved to my favorite part of the day: scuba diving. We saw the diverse fish species swim about the beautiful coral. After our rotations we sat down to a feast of macaroni and cheese. After lunch I took the helm and navigated our ship through the waters to Sandy Spit. After I safely guided our ship to anchorage, we began to get ready for the beach party. Today was an exciting day.

Leave a Comment

ActionQuest