BVI: Session 2 - Celestial Storm
Posted: Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Staff Update Day 21
Location: West End, Tortola
I truly cannot believe we are nearing the end of our voyage! Two boats and nearly three weeks later, the crew of Tiger Storm has gone from complete strangers to a tight-knit family. Patrick, Linda and I are so lucky that we received such wonderful shipmates.Josie motivated the entire crew and always lent a hand when she noticed there was work to do. Ella N. connected with everyone on the boat and loved to talk to us all. The dynamic duo cousins Carmela and Alexis kept us all entertained with their stories of their lives at the fair.Ella F.’s cool laid back disposition calmed the others down and she too never failed to spring into action when something dropped overboard.India taught the shipmates some Italian and handled the helm like a pro ” LaSchola della Vela trained her well for AQ!The other resident Carina, Nelson, always itched to take the helm and was very eager to help his staff members while underway. One of Jack’s talents was to find a place to sleep anywhere on the boat and Iker kept us laughing with his jokes and incredibly realistic animal noises. And last but not least, Ben- he was the MasterChef. Without him none of us would be here!I could not have asked for a better group of shipmates for my first session as staff, and every single one of them will hold a special place in my heart.I’m very sad to see them go and hope to see them again next year.
Final Video Update for Session 2 BVI
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.
Posted: Mon, Jul 27, 2015
Day 20- Bye Bye AQ!
Location: West End, Tortola
Time flies … it feels like days ago the crew was introducing themselves over dinner. I think everyone on Tiger Storm / Celestial Pause can agree today was a great end of an amazing adventure. The day started early, and we immediately set up for the big race. Once we set off disaster struck and our main halyard snapped. Patrick saved the day and quickly fixed the problem. This set us back a little, so we came in fourth out of nine! After the race, we started our deep clean. Since we’re on a new boat it’s pretty tidy, but it must be done. If we don’t pass our inspection we can’t spend time on shore for the last time on the trip! Overall I think everyone had the time of their lives on this trip (I know I did) and I couldn’t have asked for a better crew of people to spend three weeks with. While we’re all pumped to go home to air conditioning and cold drinking water, AQ will be dearly missed!
Posted: Sun, Jul 26, 2015
Day 19- Shipwreck
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
After waking up and eating breakfast we set off to Salt Island where we are going to dive. After a 20 minute sail there we started getting our diving gear ready. After getting our gear ready we jumped in the water and descended. When we got to the bottom our instructor guided us around the site and then back to the boat. It was a 28 minute dive. Then we had our next rotation, and now we’re studying for an exam that I will hopefully pass. Then we hiked this little mountain. It was very cool. Then after another 20 minute sail we went to the Bight where we’re going to spend the night.
Posted: Sat, Jul 25, 2015
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was an amazing day to say the least. We started the day with a quick motor over to Road Town, and started loading all of our things to our new boat Tiger Pause. After all of our teamwork loading our new boat, we got shore time. We had a really fun time in Road Town and got to look in shops and sip smoothies all afternoon. After town we took our first sail on our new boat and we successfully got the boat to the place we will be staying for the night. Today was another action packed day, and I loved every minute of it so far. But all in all today was bittersweet because it was another adventure with my shipmates/family but it was also one day closer to saying goodbye to the incredible friends I have made in the past few weeks that I hope I will see yet again.