BVI: Session 3 - Squeaky Brat

Posted: Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Squeakybrat Staff Update Day 17

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Griffin, Andy, and Emma
Griffin, Emma, and Andy have ended the summer at AQ sailing around the BVI onboard with 11 shipmates, who have all come together to form the Squeakybrat family. We’ve been on the water for 17 days now, running two programs- Vega and Quest. Ali and Max have done amazing things on Quest, joining GoBeyond to go turtle tagging, and also doing projects like painting a local school in need of some TLC. Oliver and Ben brought their small boat sailing knowledge and continued to learn and grow on the bigger boats, always with big smiles on their faces. Liam has kept everyone onboard laughing with his great impressions and big wealth of knowledge. Jack’s big personality has brought everyone together, bringing the fun to everything from scuba diving to washing the dishes. Ava has a caring nature that helped this boat to become the family it has become, always with a smile on her face and her famous laugh ringing around to pick everyone up. Grace has found a new passion for Pico sailing, and has taken that passion to all the watersports we have done. Tessa and Loriane have become junior open water scuba divers, taking naturally to the underwater world. Mikki has showcased her skills on program, trying everything we have to offer her and leading the way on beach acrobatics. We can’t believe these 17 days have gone by so fast, they have been action-packed with adventure. We now have certified scuba divers and certified sailors exploring all the sights around the BVI on land and underwater- we’ve been sailing, diving, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, Pico sailing, snorkeling, and hiking. We’ve had beach BBQs in between race days, we’ve woken up for sunrises and fallen asleep under the stars. We’ve cooked, lived, and laughed our way through these truly beautiful days. As we finish up and say our farewells, we sure can say we gave it our all, and we walk away with amazing experiences. date:Aug 15, 2017

Last Day At Sea

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Loriane B.
We started the day by eating cereal and oatmeal. We then quickly prepared for our final sailing race. All the boats lined up on the starting line before sailing away. Unfortunately Squeakybrat came in last. After the race we began to clean the boat. Everyone worked hard to make the boat look as good as it did when we first arrived. The day ended with our last ActionQuest BBQ at West End. Everyone is excited to come back home and see family, but sad to leave this amazing place. date:Aug 14, 2017

Posted: Sun, Aug 13, 2017

The Middle Of The End

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Tessa B.
As our ActionQuest experience draws to an end, my shipmates and I begin to dread our return to the reality of the real world; we begin to prepare ourselves to say goodbye but keep lasting ties. Many of us have already sworn our return to ActionQuest next summer and years to follow. We also have begun to unwind and our crew has become increasingly “energized” and wild; and although this is surely given our staff some headaches, we are all in good spirits. This morning after leaving Peter Island we made our way to Road Town for lunch and a walk around, then we set sail for Norman Island where we are to anchor for the night. After anchoring the staff departed for a meeting, leaving us alone. I will not specify what occurred below deck after that but I will say it included hair braids, fly swatters, presidents, hand sanitizer, and other random things. We did manage a hasty cleanup after our realization that the staff were returning and dinner was not even on the table. We barely finished, but not without screaming, laughing, pointing, and a lot of running around and shouting. Finally we sat down for dinner and watched the sunset as if nothing had happened… date:Aug 13, 2017

Diving Into The Wreck

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Mikki W.
Today was an amazing day. We woke up to an amazing sunrise. Then we rose the anchor and headed to our dive site. We were so excited to dive there because it was 40 feet and it was a breathtaking dive. The current was very strong but it was definitely worth it. Then we did some sail training and went to Salt Island. At Salt Island we did a beautiful but hot hike, then after all that sweating, we took a dip in the water and then ate lunch. For lunch, we had yummy ramen. Then we did our knot test, part of boat test, and our final exam. The exam was to get our sailing certification. After that, we went swimming and jumping off the boat. It was so fun spending time with our long-lasting friends. Then we did breakfast for dinner and after that, we, of course, did our evening squeeze. We had the best day ever and we can’t wait for tomorrow. date: Aug 12, 2017

Posted: Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Day 13

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Alison R.
Today was a great day! We woke up and walked outside to the incredible view of the day before! We had a lovely breakfast of cereal and then went down below and learned more about the thing we’ve been living on now for 13 days, the boat! Today we looked at a chart, which was thrilling to learn about! Since our test is coming up soon we got to study it for about 30 minutes. Down below we had a lovely time studying the parts, and up on deck people were making some epic knots. Let me tell you, there are a lot of parts of the boats, so we didn’t slack at all during the 30 minutes. The next part of the day was spent sailing to where this whole journey began. We raised the sails all by ourselves without any help from our staff. Next, we had some shore time, which was very different from the first time we had shore time there because now we’re all like one big family today, and the first time we were just getting to know each other. Then all the skippers had a meeting about the sailing race we were about to have. We learned where the wind was coming from, where we were starting from, and then the order of the boats for the start. I got us the spot closest to the wind, which put us at a big advantage because we got all the wind first. Sadly we got in third place because other boats were smarter about their course. Next, we put down our anchors and took some showers. Dinner tonight was Mexican night! We had tortillas with lettuce, onion, peppers, beef, salsa, cheese, refried and black beans, and rice. It was delicious. Overall today was a great day here in the BVI sailing with ActionQuest and we are all so sad that this trip is coming to an end. Tonight we are going to talk to Mike about very fun stuff! Thanks for reading!! date:Aug 11, 2017

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