BVI: Session 2 - La Bella Vita
Posted: Tue, Jul 11, 2017
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Today was a memorable day. We started the day off by eating yogurt, bagels, and fresh fruit. As we finished our delicious breakfast we set sail to the Baths. When we were in the Baths we jumped off rocks, hung out by the beach, and climbed to the top. After, we set sail to Spanishtown. We went to a restaurant where we ate great food such as hamburgers with fries and drank tropical drinks like virgin pina coladas. Also, we went to the ice cream shop and dive shops. When we left Spanishtown we went for a nice sail. Everyone worked together and did a great job. We made our way back to Savanna Bay and set up a boom swing and had lots of fun. At the end of the day, we enjoyed a great meal of chili and rice. Great job chefs! As we finished, we finished Tuesday off with a squeeze.
Posted: Mon, Jul 10, 2017
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
This morning the crew woke up early and had a great breakfast of eggs, melon, and cereal. After breakfast, we took our clothes off the lines and put our PFDs on and headed out. There wasn’t much wind today so we only had our mainsail open as we sailed to Cooper Island. Here, we ate sandwiches for lunch and went for a quick swim. The water was crystal clear as we left we saw a large barracuda eating our leftovers. After this, we sailed across the channel to Savanna Bay, where we are anchored now. Once we arrived we took turns going water skiing/wakeboarding and knee boarding. This was a ton of fun and a lot of the crew tried something they had never done before. When we were all back on the boat, we took showers and got into nice dry clothes. The plan for the rest of the night is to eat our dinner of pasta and hot dogs, have a scuba chat, and then head off to sleep. Today was a great day with beautiful weather and I feel like the crew grew a lot closer.
Posted: Sun, Jul 9, 2017
First Day on the Water
Yesterday I said goodbye to my family for 3 weeks and headed to the airport. Once I arrived at the airport I met up with my friend Ross and we got our plane tickets and headed south for the BVI. We arrived and everyone made it through customs good and we hopped on our taxi to the dock and got checked in and headed back to the dock and got our bags packed in our lockers. Then today we left the dock for 3 days until we are back at shore. After we got out of the harbor we set sail to The Caves and snorkeled for a little bit and saw some fish. We are all looking forward to diving this week
Posted: Sat, Jul 8, 2017
Bella Vita Staff Update Day 1
We are so excited to meet all twelve of our new shipmates and welcome them aboard Le Bella Vita. Over the past few days, we have been preparing Bella for their arrival. The library of sail and diving books have been replenished and cabins allocated for the students. Yesterday Ben and Andy stocked Bella with delicious snacks and treats, while Shona completed engine and system checks. Water skis and wakeboard equipment have been loaded up and the dinghy Toothless has been refueled. Shona, Andy, and Ben are so excited for their crew to arrive and begin a new expedition together, which they hope creates unforgettable memories for all 15 of them.
Here is an introduction to the crew of La Bella Vita:
Shona is returning for her third Summer with ActionQuest but is more excited than ever to return to her second family and the amazing waters of the British Virgin Islands. She has recently completed her Offshore Yachtmaster and Wilderness EMT, so will be filling two roles as a skipper and medical team this year. She graduated in 2013 with a degree in outdoor education and geography. Since then she has worked in several locations across Europe applying these skills to promote learning through experiential education. From a young age, she has had a love for the outdoor and all sports, whether that be sailing and kayaking in the summer or snowboarding and mountaineering in the winter. Her goal is to inspire and educate her students in a fun safe learning environment.
Andy- Dive Instructor/Mate
Andy became a dive instructor in 2014 and his love for the ocean and everything in it has grown ever since. When he’s not diving in Honduras, he spends his time traveling around Mexico and Guatemala, living in beautiful communities. He’s learning more and more about Mayan culture and natural medicines whilst confirming his love for ecstatic dance and cacao (but really, who doesn’t like hot chocolate?) He cant wait to return for another AQ summer this year!
Ben grew up in Baltimore, MD and spent his summers on the Chesapeake Bay where he developed a love for the water. After becoming a certified diver in high school, Ben has dove in various islands throughout the Caribbean but lists the Outer Banks in North Carolina as his favorite diving spot. Always a diver, Bens passion for sailing was ignited after participating in a Seamester program during the Summer of 2015. He initially attended Methodist University in North Carolina to play baseball before transferring to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he graduated in December of 2016. He then moved to Key Largo, FL to participate in an internship with REEF Environmental Education Foundation, where he focused on invasive Lionfish. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, following the New York Yankees, and spending time with his two dogs.