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BVI: Session 2 - Aeolus

Aeolus Staff Update Day 21


Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Ian, Jay, and Anna
We have come a long way since we departed West End those 21 days and 90 miles ago. Both physically and mentally we have challenged ourselves over the course of the trip, and through that adversity, we have successfully come together to meet our struggles with unflinching persistence. Watching Tyler pilot Aeolus to victory during the final race was exhilarating. Chris, Santiago, and Farah were quick to help out on the sheets and winches and kept the sails trimmed and smooth. The remaining crew sat as forward as possible up on the windward rail and made for great rail meat. Without them all up there Aeolus wouldn’t have cut the waves, nor flattened out enough to get ahead. It has been great teaching sailing and SCUBA diving to the students. Nathan successfully recovered the last man overboard fender a few days ago, and with that, all the Aeolians had passed their IYT practical exam. Hiking with Hannah and finding that painting together along the way was a great experience we shared, and one I will never forget. Meghan and Alice did excellently in their diving course and we’re spoken highly of whenever Jay or the other instructors were asked about how our students were. Silas or “Lil Mo” as he is known amongst the crew has been a source of great fun and endless laughter throughout the trip. Madison has been attempting to go toe to toe with Mo in many of the food challenges they have organized and she has nearly beaten him at a few. Watching Maddie nail a back flip on the boom swing was one of the highlights of the trip for the staff. Devyn has been our most avid wakeboarder and water skier. She tried both wakeboarding and waterskiing slalom style during the trip and manage to get up successfully on both. She really has a way with the water. It must be said that we dearly miss Amy who had to leave on Day 6. We think about her often and we hope she is well. The crew of Aeolus accomplished so much over these past 21 days, and the staff is really going to miss such a unique and energetic crew. Good luck Aeolusians, and may your next adventure be even greater! date: Jul 28, 2017

Race Day


Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Tyler P.
This morning we woke up to some Sweet Home Alabama. We had the rest of the cereal for breakfast. After breakfast, we went to a skipper’s meeting on Mike’s boat, The Remedy. We talked about how the race was going to go down. Everyone got a number and whichever number you got, that was the number that said which position you were in for the start. We got number 9 right next to my brother Toby’s boat. He also happens to be skipper today. When we started we pretty much took off from the beginning. For a little while, we were fighting with La Bella Vita for first place, but we eventually got pretty far in front of them. Near the end of the race, we had to tack twice to cross what we thought was the finish line. It turned out that the finish line was the other side of the buoy so we finished backward. We still have yet to hear if we got first or if it didn’t count. In all, it was a great day and we had a lot of fun. date: Jul 27, 2017

Posted: Thu, Jul 27, 2017

Bittersweet


Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Nathan M.
We had our final swim today and we swam for an hour or so, savoring every last minute. After a quick motor to Road Town and a tricky refueling, we ate at the Village Cay Marina. Then we motor sailed over to Norman Island for the last supper on the sea. We had broccoli pasta and we reviewed all our little inside jokes. We then took a trip down memory lane as we remembered each and every little detail for each and every day. Twenty-one days seem like a lot, but time flies when you’re having fun. I believe ActionQuest has shaped and matured everyone on the boat and taught us how to work, clean, sail, dive, and love. Thanks. date: Jul 26, 2017

Posted: Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Day 18


Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Si M.
Today we woke up to some cereal for breakfast before motoring over to the wreck of the Rhone, which was a steamboat that sank in 1867. While on the dive we were able to see what was left as well as a giant lobster and barracuda. After we got back we had our sailing exam, which Ian said we all did pretty well on. Following the exam, we had ramen noodles, which was a popular lunch among us. Then we took Rescue to Salt Island for a little hike where we saw salt ponds and looked off the cliff and we saw goats. As we were walking back we saw a herd of goats running up the mountain. Then we motored back to Peter Island where we started this morning. After anchoring we had our showers, followed by breakfast for dinner, to end an amazing day. date: Jul 25, 2017

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