BVI: Session 2 - La Bella Vita
Posted: Mon, Jul 24, 2017
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
We started off the morning listening to our favorite tunes from the morning CD. You could feel the excitement and anticipation around the boat as we got ready for our day. Of course, racing of any kind could not happen before the most important meal of the day. As the final dish was put away, we briefed on where we were headed and then began the race. Unfortunately, we were having some difficulty with our head sails (jib sheet) and came in 7th. However, we shook off the race and went into shore at West End to stock up on food and other treats as well as lunch. We headed back to the boat with full bellies and we got ready to go. The five-minute mark rang and you could tell that we had this one in the bag. We had an amazing start and we succeeded! We came in 1st! I know that that was everyone’s favorite part of the day. After a long day, we are now preparing for a Mexican Fiesta! I am hoping that tomorrow will be as fun as today!
Posted: Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Today was another great day of ActionQuest. We started the day off by eating a great breakfast, which was French toast and freshly cut orange slices. After we set sail from Sidney’s everyone begin to perform sailing circles, which everyone was very successful with. After that, we enjoyed a great lunch of chicken salad wraps. We all cleaned up and made our way over to Sandy Spit and hung out with other boats. Everyone had a great time. We came back to the boat and the chefs prepared a great dinner of franks and beans. Thank you chefs!
Posted: Sat, Jul 22, 2017
Week 2 ActionQuest BVI Video Update
Location: British Virgin Islands
It’s been another busy week in the BVIs for Team ActionQuest. Rescue Diver training and our Marine Bio course are in full force, most students are now certified scuba divers and many are working hard towards their IYT sailing certifications! Today over 200 members of Team AQ reached the summit of Mt. Sage, the highest point in the BVIs. We’re now well over half way through the trip and some of our students share what is important to them about their experience so far. #LifeActivated
The Longest Day Ever
Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
This morning the crew woke up at the crack of dawn with the sight of Sage Mountain towering over them. The longest day of ActionQuest had begun. At breakfast we prepared for the hike by filling up our water bottles, getting our shoes on, and packing our backpacks. After breakfast, we hopped in our dinghy, Toothless, and headed for the dock at the base of the hike. Once all of the boats were at the dock Mike quickly briefed us and then we started the 3 1/2 mile climb. The base of the trail is what some people call this spirit breaker, and as you can guess, it’s tough. For almost a mile we climbed this part of the road and it seems to be a 90 degree of rock climbing. Some people stopped here but luckily all of Bella made it. After the first leg, the journey becomes easier with fewer hills as we weave through the forest and mountain tops. After a while, we arrived at the base of Mount Sage National Park, which means that we were almost there. From here until the top the track is rocky and muddy, but once we get to the top the view makes the climb worth it all. After taking some pictures we started to head all the way back down with our sore feet and aching legs. At the bottom, we walked into town, and as Jimmy Buffett once said, we had a cheeseburger in paradise. After walking around for a little bit we got back on the boat and headed to Sandy Cay, a small sandy island that looks exactly what you would imagine when thinking about the Caribbean. Here we jumped into the crystal-clear water and then had a program wide sandcastle competition, where we made a large hammerhead eating the unsuspecting Thomas. After this, we showered off the boat while playing football and then motored over to Sidney’s, where we are now and are putting our nice clothes on and getting ready for the barbecue. Although today is considered the longest day of the trip, it has been a fun filled day and it isn’t even over.
Posted: Fri, Jul 21, 2017
Best Day Ever
Location: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Today we woke up at Sommer’s Beach and started our day off with the morning CD. Once everyone was up we headed to Muskmelon Bay and had breakfast underway. Once we arrived at Muskmelon we cleaned the dishes. After finishing that we sailed our Picos. While we were sailing Picos, Phoebe decided to jump out of hers and capsize Ashley’s and mine. After the Picos, we went diving and saw a nurse shark. After all the diving we came back to the boat to find an amazing meal. After that, we went wakeboarding and had a great time. Later we went to Cane Garden Bay and had dinner and a great squeeze. Overall today was amazing.