BVI: Session 3 - La Bella Vita
Posted: Fri, Aug 14, 2015
Day 16- Last Day In Paradise
Location: West End, Tortola
After 16 days of excitement and fun, life on La Bella Vita is coming to an end. I started off the day by going to a skipper’s meeting for a briefing on the specifics of our final sailing race. After the meeting, we started our trek to the starting point of the race. The start line was between Pelican Island and Norman Island. After we had set sail, we started towards Road Town where we tacked around a green buoy towards the finish line at Great Harbor a great race, we set out to our final destination of West End. On the ride over, we cleaned Bella till she sparkled, scrubbing every nook and cranny. Upon arriving in West End, we put our finishing touches on the boat and organized our belongings. Later on today we will be having pizza from West End aboard Bella for lunch. After, we will continue to prepare for our departure. Dinner tonight will be a BBQ on the dock after which we will have a dock talk with Mike, the director of ActionQuest, where we will listen to closing statements ending the program and the summer. This has been an amazing experience and some of the most fun I have had in my life. ActionQuest has taught me many skills and life lessons that I will never forget. Throughout this trip my shipmates have become family who I’ll miss having around along with the gorgeous views. Thank you for an amazing two weeks ActionQuest, the time spent here will stick with me forever.
Posted: Wed, Aug 12, 2015
Day 14- A Day At Salt Island
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
At the crack of dawn we sailed to Road Town to refill our water tanks. We sailed to Salt Island which was just a beautiful ride. When Bella got to Salt Island 6 of the 11 went scuba diving in a shipwreck. They all said it was their highlight of the day. The other five went swimming in the ocean, which was lots of fun. Then the entire boat hiked Salt Island. We saw the beautiful windward side of the island. After that we sailed to Peter Island, but on the way we did a man overboard practice. It was great to see the boat work as a team. Today was an all around great day and I don’t want to leave.
Posted: Tue, Aug 11, 2015
A Day Of Racing
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
After a relaxing ride to West End, we found ourselves feeling somewhat nostalgic; looking back to the beginning of our seventeen day journey. It is now nearly the end of our trip and I assure you there is nothing more confusing that the want to stay here in the BVI and the want to be back home with spacious bed. Regardless, I found myself sitting in a West End cafe thinking that it is almost the end of a new beginning, and the beginning of a new end. It was a beautiful day in the BVI, full of exploration, racing and relaxing. The race to Peter Island was a blast and once there it was a relief to drop anchor and swim. The best part of today, however, was what I think was the best sunset of the trip so far.
Posted: Mon, Aug 10, 2015
Day 12- Second Beach BBQ
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
We woke up today at 6:30am and had great French toast as breakfast. It was the 12th day of our trip and it was a rotation day. We went waterskiingand wakeboarding for first period, then watched an 80’s movie about the person who inspired Jim Stoll to start ActionQuest, then we had mac and cheese for lunch and some leftovers from yesterday’s dinner, which was really good. Then we split into two groups. Half went scuba diving and the other group learned to tie a monkey’s fist knot. Then we went back to our boat and sailed to our next destination where we had our second beach BBQ and after the BBQ we went back to our boat and watched a movie.
Posted: Sun, Aug 9, 2015
Location: Muskmelon Bay, Guana Island
Today’s morning clicked well. Time was a bit short but I feel like we handled it quite appropriately. Cleanup usually takes about half an hour, which was the same amount of time we had to leave for the first rotation. We managed to finish eating and get ready to leave just a minute later than that. Our usual first rotation, watersports, was exciting as always. The shipmates were a little less enthusiastic about it than other days, but taking the Picos out was entertaining. The curved shape of our surroundings shifted the wind in odd directions. It made sailing a bit more challenging than usual. After those shenanigans we made Turk’s Head anklets and bracelets with a single thread weave. Most of the students got it, and some gave up. Those who did finish wound up with a great looking accessory that they can keep for as long as they like. Lunch was equally as tight on time, and we handled it equally as well. Afterwards we hopped on the dinghies and headed over to snorkel and scuba dive. Personally I was kind of sad that I couldn’t go (equalizing problems), and I heard nothing but good things about the dive. It seems the group had a lot of fun goofing around in the weightless environment. When everyone had surfaced and returned to the ship we had a bit of a coral reef chat. We learned about Project Aware and all of its goals. We also learned about the implications and effects of damaging the reefs. The day wasn’t all that special though, in it’s own way it was quite charming.