BVI: Session 2 - Lady Aubrey
Posted: Tue, Jul 26, 2016
Location: West End, Tortola
Today was quite eventful. The day started for me around 7:15 when I had to attend a skipper’s meeting. We were debriefed about the sailing race later in the morning. I of course represented my people and tribe with my ceremonial war paint. After the meeting, I spoke to the warriors about where we were sailing. Starting the race was a huge adrenaline rush. During most of the race, I was our chief at the helm. We all yelled out our war cries; the drums were beating as we set off (aka music). During the race, we came really close to another boat. Because of this, we were penalized and had to do a 360. My people are very skilled, however. We made a good comeback from this and bet our rival tribe Squeaky brat. After our epic race, we cleaned for most of the day. The entire boat was soaked in bleach and cleaning supplies. Later we made it to port and continued to clean up to the point of me writing this right now. However, we still have a lot of time planned out with shore time and a dinner BBQ. Today has been tiring and long. I could not ask for a better day to be our skipper. To my crew- thank you for everything, and to my family and my crew’s family- we’ll see you soon.
Posted: Mon, Jul 25, 2016
Day 19- The Final Days
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Day 19: how the days have gone by so quickly. It feels as though just yesterday we were learning how to properly clean a boat, while now it’s just an every day reaction. After doing this, we went for our last swim on the trip. After our final swim, we motored over to Road Town where we had a big group lunch. After lunch, we rushed to get snacks for our final days at sea. When finished we boarded the boat and sailed back to where we first ever sailed to, The Bight. From there, we had dinner, which was somewhat of a garlic disaster. We also had our last squeeze at sea. During our squeeze, we reminisced and shed some tears. After dinner, we were assigned to write a little letter to each person on the boat. These letters have a certain meaning to the people at ActionQuest and to be a part of it was truly meaningful. Today was an amazing day and while I’m happy about tomorrow I’m also sad because that will be our last full day together as a family.
Posted: Sun, Jul 24, 2016
Day 18- Shipwreck!!
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
At 7am, we packed up all our things and headed out to go diving. Breakfast was messy because the boat kept rocking back and forth. Once we got to the diving boat we quickly put on our gear and excitedly hopped in the water awaiting our first open water dive as certified divers. Group by group we swam down to see the shipwreck, seeing an eagle ray along the way, swimming through the propeller on the stern, and rubbing the shiny golden porthole for good luck. After our FINtastic dive, we motored over to Salt Island. We saw the graveyard of the people on that shipwreck and climbed to the top of the hill- the view was insane! The water from the salt was pink, and seeing the pink water next to the blue water was so cool. Later my shipmates and I had blast swimming in the crystal clear water. Afterwards we took our daily showers and had breakfast for dinner. After cleanup, we’re going to have a movie night.
Posted: Sat, Jul 23, 2016
Day 17- Race Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
As we were waking up and getting ready for the big sailing race, we found two other shipmates from Great White doing playful pranks on our boat. We were all very surprised, this was a fun morning! Shortly after, as we were setting sail for the starting line, our main halyard line snapped! This put us in a bit of a delay, but we still made it to the line while dancing and singing all along the way. Later on, we docked our boat and had a nice time ashore. It felt like the first day when we all first met again, since our shore time was back to where we first all got here. It was very reminiscing. Later on, even though we couldn’t participate in the second race (the line that snapped was being replaced), we had, as always, a beautiful time sailing to Great Harbor, Peter Island, where we spent the night. We are all looking forward to tomorrow and for our first dive as certified divers!
Posted: Fri, Jul 22, 2016
Video Update From Week 2
Location: British Virgin Islands
It’s been another busy week in the BVI. Marine Bio research is in full force, most students are now certified scuba divers and many are working hard towards their IYT sailing certifications! We’re now over half way through the trip and some of our students share their experiences so far. #LifeActivated