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BVI: Session 3 - Spindrift III

Posted: Fri, Aug 17, 2012

Racing Day

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Michaela S.
It was a hectic/exciting last full day so far. We got up, were told how our day was gonna go. Since I’m skipper today we had a skipper’s meeting on Mike’s boat and discussed the race plans. I steered to the lineup and then we were off. Found out just how difficult it is to steer a huge boat! Amy took over after a bit, I’m pretty sure we made it in third place. Those dang Laurasians can really book it! It was nice having the relaxing breeze always rushing against us to keep us in the pack. Well now we are almost to West End where it all began. Everyone is cleaning away hopefully we won’t have much more time before we get there so we can have some shore time. I’m pretty sure we are all excited for the BBQ and get together tonight! It should be pretty intense for the last night. I’m sure we will see a bunch of pranks from tonight tomorrow ha. I’m sure none of us regret coming to AQ this year! I’ll definitely be coming back next year! Me so many awesome people and some friends now. The whole program is just a great experience and thing to do. Plus who wouldn’t want to wake up on the Caribbean water every morning! The view is really worth doing this every year! I can’t wait for next year! Thanks ActionQuest! PS. another reason to come back and why you would love AQ would be all the boats are like family and we’ve all gotten close over the past 18 days. That’s basically what I wanted so I’m glad we all got to experience it!

Staff Update Day 16

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Tor
As we came sailing into The Bight on Norman Island many of the crew remarked how crazy it was to be spending our last night out on the water together. In the last 16 days we have accomplished so many things, been to so many new places, and have shared so many memorable times. Jack, Nash and I are so extremely proud of all of our shipmates on board. Their passion for adventure, dedication to the program and effort they have put forth on board our Spindrift has really paid off. You can see it in the way they take responsibility for their daily jobs and how confident they have become in their boat handling and maneuvering. They are now more conscious in where they leave their personal items and how they get the boat ready for each new adventure we embark on everyday. Our most recent achievements from our gallant crew are the scuba certifications that have been attained. Lexie, Michaela, Amy, Sara, Vanessa, Izzie, Olivier, Chris, and Riley have all received their Open Water Scuba Diver Certification. This means they are certified to dive anywhere in the world up to 60 feet! The looks on their faces as they came out of the water on their last dive were priceless. You could really tell how proud of themselves (and each other) they were. Meanwhile Lockie and Jordan (Cookie D) received their Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver Certifications as well as specialty certifications as Underwater Naturalists and Boat Divers. Many students took their final sailing exams yesterday and will soon find out if they passed and received those certifications too. What a great way to end the summer!

Posted: Thu, Aug 16, 2012

Day 15

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Riley J.
Today we woke up early at about 6:15 in order to cook some french toast and still have time for wakeboarding and waterskiing. After that we took our sailing exam and as a boat I’m pretty sure we did a great job. After that we went to Road Town. I spent an hour waiting for a cheeseburger, and after I ate I found out we were pretty much out of time. I then went to an ice cream shop with Jordan. We got to the boat and set sail again and ended up in an anchorage called the Bight, and that’s where we we will spend the night.

Posted: Wed, Aug 15, 2012

A Large Lobster And An Oblivious Octopus

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Sara G.
Today was a stupendous day on Spindrift! This morning was started with an amazing wreck dive with a history dating back to the late 1800s. While on the dive the advanced divers saw an octopus and the other divers saw a gigantic lobster after doing a swim through on the huge propeller of the ship. Many of the divers also rubbed a lucky porthole on the wreck, which stays shiny because of all of the divers coming to it for good luck. Interestingly, there is no coral growth on the porthole also because of the human touch. Some people on our boat were able to do the wreck dive twice because they had missed out on other fantastic dives. Also, most of the people on this boat are now certified divers if they weren’t already. Later we had lunch and went on a scenic hike to the top of Salt Island where the dead passengers from the wreck were buried. It was beautiful, but also very hot, leading to a quick swim before racing the other boats in the fleet back to the original destination where we had spent the night. Sadly, Spindrift did not win, but tomorrow we will win for sure. We have the secret method of taking our bed sheets and using them as mini sails to give us some extra speed. For dinner we had Mexican and at the end used the extra tortillas as frisbees for the seagulls. To do something special for the last tortilla, Chris bravely rolled it up and had a seagull grab it from him. Tonight we will have one of our last sail chats and then off to bed to prepare for another amazing day in the BVI.

Posted: Tue, Aug 14, 2012

Day 13

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Lexie J.
This morning we woke up to a day of sailing after a night of boat bonding at Sandy Spit, which the boat describes as a Microsoft background picture. We began our man overboard drills, which were successful, and we sailed for a few hours to some really good sailing music! We stopped to port at West End and called our parents, and saw dolphins! We continued sailing in preparation for our race tomorrow! We have anchored at Great Harbor and had another Lifeworks about goals and achieving them. It’s sad to realize today we’ve gone a rotation through our job wheel and are back to the beginning. Not to mention today we completed our circumnavigation of Tortola. Our trip is coming to a close, but we’re going to do our best to enjoy every last second of it.

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