BVI: Session 1 - Sambamba

Posted: Tue, Jul 5, 2016

Staff Update Day 21

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Ruth, Alex, and Shona
Wow! What a truly amazing three weeks aboard the great ship Sambamba! So many fantastic adventures and life skills were fostered amongst the great crew. Seven of the crew earned advanced diving certifications and a wide array of specialties, while three of the others were introduced to the under water world, as they completed the open water program and are now certified divers. While earning these impressive qualifications, the crew developed a vast knowledge of chickens, power cats, super power cats, knee deep and suh dude. If you are any bit as confused as any of the other boats were, you will start to grasp the close-knit family aboard Sambamba. Madeline and Pietra have both excelled in their growing knowledge of sailing and are running the sailing operations like pros. On the long passages, Clayton kept morale sowing up with his interpretive dance moves. When the music wasnt bumping, Alex C. and Dario had everyone rolling on the deck laughing. When the boat was moored up, Alex F. and Andrea lead the group in the best dives off the boat, including the infamous “redneck dive”. Amongst the chaotic production of inside jokes, Eli created a slew of boat terms derived from chickens and super power cats. Throughout all of the laughter, Lilahs laugh always rang clear to the group as they tried to progress her laugh into a haha chuckle. As the end of the session came about, race days were tackled head on by the fearless skipper, Joshua, who put his intelligence and words to action method of leadership to produce a very impressive volley for first place. Shona, Ruth and myself are incredibly proud of everyone onboard Sambamba for making memories that will last a lifetime, this was the best summer ever!

Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2016

Day 20- Last Day Of Camp

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Andrea T.
Like every day, today we woke up at 7am and we had breakfast of cereal, oatmeal and milk. Then we prepared the boat for the big final race, and our boat arrived in third place. Then we began to clean our boat and we finished after 3 hours. Now we are in West End and tonight there is the final BBQ.

Posted: Sun, Jul 3, 2016

Day 19- Today Was A Great Day!

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Dario S.
We got up with good music and ate milk and cereal and I loved it! We then went diving! I saw a lot of fish. I love to dive! Wondy found two lobsters and he was so excited! We went sailing after that and we lost the dinghy, but we found it soon after! Finally, we went swimming in the ocean. I know that ActionQuest summer is about to finish, and it makes me sad.

Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2016

Day 18

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Eli P.
Today was a really fun day! We started off with some great pancakes cooked by Joshua. Then we took turns going wakeboarding, water skiing and knee boarding. We then came back to Sambamba and prepared to go to Road Town. After lifting the anchor and outing our sails up, a few people finish up their sailing practical. After arriving to Road Town, we went to shore for a few hours to have lunch and explore the area. We then got back to the boat and sailed back to Great Harbor on Peter Island. Then we took showers and ate. After that, the advanced sailors prepared to take the first part of their three tests while the basic sailors went to movie night.

Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2016

Day 17- Race Day

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Joshua M.

What another fantastic day! Many of us were woken up by a squall in the middle of the night, but then we were woken up later in that morning by a warm bowl of oatmeal. After breakfast, Ruth and I quickly hoped into Lava (our dinghy) and drove off to Midnatt Solen III for our first meeting of the day. The first drag race was from Sandy Cay to West End. Unfortunately we did not win, despite our advantage at the start by bring the second boat to the wind. A boat called La Bella Vita ended up winning that race. In West End everyone was shuttled to the shore with a wallet and phone in hand for lunch, which everyone had a lot of options for! I personally had a deli sandwich, a baguette and a mud pie for dessert. At 1:00, we were brought back to the boat then almost immediately; I came back with Ruth for the second race meeting. Our boat Sambamba started 3rd from the wind for this next sail. Tonight was Mexican night, but then we realized we had no tortillas and had to borrow some from the other boats in our fleet. A funny thing that happened today was on the radio I called to see if anyone knew the placement stop for the second race, then Jake answered Surprise is first, then 2,3,4,5,6 Wondy then said Thanks for trying to clarify, but who is #2? I assumed he wanted me to say that on the radio so I did, after that, everyone got super quiet. I then realized it was just a joke and he didnt want me to say that. It has been a pleasure being skipper on this crazy race day, Now we only have 3 days left in this truly beautiful group of islands.

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