BVI: Session 1 - Sailing Curls
Posted: Sat, Jul 8, 2017
Final Video for ActionQuest Session 1 in the BVIs
Location: British Virgin Islands
We wrap up our final week with our students putting their newly earned sailing certifications to the test in 3 races while still making time for some amazing diving on the famous wreck of the RMS Rhone and a trek to the top of Mt. Sage, the highest point in the BVI. Our students reflect on their experience and the amazing relationships they developed over the past 3 weeks. #LifeActivated
Posted: Thu, Jul 6, 2017
Sailing Curls Staff Update Day 21
The staff of Curls can’t believe it’s already day 21-this session has flown by! Fifteen previous strangers are now one happy family. We’ve sailed, danced, dove, and sang around the BVI. We’ve shared so many laughs, so many stories, and so many smiles!! Max has lead anchor team 15 times, Ava and Grace have sang approximately 25 Taylor Swift songs, and Fernando has wowed the crew with his salsa dance moves time and time again! We are so proud of all of Curls for their scuba and sail progress, but especially the growth we’ve had as a team. Each member of the crew has really stepped up since day 1. On day 17 Diego, Laini and Fernando led the beginning sailors in successful man overboard drills. Morgan, Bella and Michael were on the helm as Clay was on the boat hook ready to retrieve Frank the Fender. Ben was in control of the main sheet as we broke the crew into three groups to retrieve Frank time and time again! These drills went much smoother than our initial water bottle and hat overboard practice runs from the first week of program- so proud!! As a whole the group has really come together to form a tight-knit working crew. Diego is our resident DJ; he brought an iPod from home with a very diverse music collection. We have sing-alongs every day thanks to him! Since day one, AQ-returner, Soleh has been the one to step up and show her shipmates the AQ way- we’d be lost with her! All in all, it’s been a phenomenal session and we are sad to see it come to an end. Curls will always be our home.
Posted: Wed, Jul 5, 2017
Last Day at Sea
Location: West End, Tortola
We woke up to the familiar sound of the morning playlist and everyone began to get ready for the day all the skippers from all the monohulls dinghied over to Mikes boat for the skipper’s meeting before todays race. We ended up getting number 5 for the starting line-up, perfect in the middle of the 9 boats. We lined up between Water Point and Pelican Island and unfurled our jibs when we heard the countdown that signaled the beginning of the race. We didnt realize that we had a knot in the furling line and fell slightly behind as we untangled it. After we unfurled it, we quickly gained speed and raced ahead of several boats in front of us. We continued on, constantly having to fight the weather helm to stay on our course. After about one hour, Gwen called tack. Everyone sitting on the high side moved into the cockpit and we prepared to tack around the channel markers near Road Town. We continued on towards Great Harbor, still fighting the weather helm, and finished in 5th place. We then took down the sails and motored towards West End while we all cleaned down below. We docked and scrubbed the whole deck of the boat and were then released for shore time. Even though everyone is sad to leave, we still had fun racing and cleaning. Overall, it was a great last day at sea.
Posted: Tue, Jul 4, 2017
Life is Bittersweet
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today we awoke to the echoing murmur of the oh so familiar morning playlist. We then proceeded to make pancakes. When I say pancakes, you think of the simple golden brown circles you enjoyed as a kid we decided to put a little spin on that tradition. The boys decided to take over the kitchen and make pink lemonade pancakes, brownie pancakes, Arnold Palmer pancakes, coffee pancakes, peanut butter pancakes, and honey pancakes. Then they declared themselves the Pancake Kings. Meanwhile, the girls enjoyed a relaxed swim time. Today was our last time to enjoy all of the scenic views the BVI hold. We also ventured out to Road Town, the BVI capital, for some quality food and delicious ice cream. To finish off our day we anchored in a place called The Bight, where we spent our first night at sea. Its a bittersweet feeling being back at The Bight because we realize how little time we truly have let together. Hopefully, I speak for all when I say this summer is an unforgettable one.
Posted: Mon, Jul 3, 2017
Today we drove to the RMS Rhone. It was full of different coral and multiple different types of fish. There was a cool swim through with different types of coral growing on the inside. After we hiked Salt Island, and watched the boats below us. The view was absolutely stunning, and the cliffs in front of us, the birds flying around, the open ocean. It was truly a special experience.