BVI: Session 2 - Laurasia

Posted: Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Staff Update Day 20

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Tucker
Abraham Lincoln once said, “It’s not about the years in your life, it’s about the life in your years.” This quote is a big summary of our ActionQuest voyage these past three weeks that have gone by in a blink. It is unbelievable how far all of our shipmates have come in their individual goals for the trip, their ability to work together not only as a team but as a family, and in their own personal growth as teenagers- which makes Liam, Catie, and myself extremely proud of each and every one of them. I have personally watched as Will, Regina, Isabela, and Forrest have taken diving up by storm. Beyond having fine tuned thier skills, they should all be excited of their abilities in the water and for where their abilities and skills may take them in their future. Our other four Vega students, although I didn’t personally teach them as they were Tor’s students, have also come a long way since the beginning of the trip. There wasn’t a dive where Tor didn’t come up bragging about how good Jesse, JC, and Patrick all were at diving. We were also all super excited that Emma decided to give diving a second try and was able to get her PADI Scuba Diving Certification and is well on her way to the full open water dive cert. On the other side of our boat, our two Quest students have not only spent time giving back to the community, but have also completed their CPR and first aid courses. Beyond them both being extraordinarily helpful on the boat, I know they have given back to the community here in a way they will never forget. Also, the whole boat is walking away from this trip with a whole lot of sailing experiences and new memories that they’ll have for a lifetime. I will truly miss our great crew that we have had the fortune of having onboard the last 21 days. I can’t wait to hear how each and every one of them do in the coming years.

Last Day

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Regina C.
Today was the last day. It was really sad to think about leaving great memories back. Everyone had a little part that wants to stay, and another little part that wants to go. All of us are now a big family in all ways. Today was the big race and it started to rain… that was awesome. The bad thing is that the race was canceled. Then it was cleanup time and it was really sad to pack up, but since we worked really hard as a team we finished faster than most of the boats. We’re able to have lunch in shore because of that! All of us were impressed by how much everyone collaborated and how fast we finished. Our final BBQ is on the night! After that all of us are leaving, I can’t believe how fast time passed.

Posted: Sun, Jul 29, 2012

Day 19 Fun

Location: The Bight, Norman Islands
Author: Will F.
Today we woke up and took our sailing exam. I am still waiting on the results on it and I am confident that I passed. Once we finished the exam we motored over to where the Rhone wreck site is. Then we went over to Spindrift and dove off there. When we were down in the wreck we saw many different kinds of fish and we rubbed the lucky porthole. We also saw an eel. When we came up we moved our boat to Salt Island where we hiked to the top of the hill there. The view was incredible. We had a lot of fun today and now I am looking forward to dinner and the closing program.

Posted: Sat, Jul 28, 2012

Day 18

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Samantha S.
Today was started with high energy after our victory yesterday. I was especially happy because last night I visited friends of mine, the crew of a boat called El Jefe, with Liam. Our first rotation today was waterskiing, kneeboarding, and wakeboarding. Instead of this, Mina and I took our CPR tests (which we both passed!), because we do a program called Quest, where we do community service instead of scuba diving. Next we sailed to Road Town to eat lunch and shop. We had the opportunity to call home, eat delicious food, stock up on candy and junk food, and buy gifts while in Road Town. Next we sailed back to Peter Island, while Emma, Mina, and I, the sloths, as always, took a nice nap. Then it was time to shower. We took ocean showers, where we wash shampoo, conditioner, and body wash off in the ocean and then rinse off with fresh water. While showering today we all had fun jumping off the boat and playing in the water. Dinner tonight was Asian Teriyaki noodles with chicken- very yummy! We better all sleep well tonight and prepare for our long day tomorrow! Today was lots of fun and I can’t believe that there are only two days left; I’m excited to make the most of it!

Posted: Fri, Jul 27, 2012

First Races!

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Emma L.
Today was an extremely intense day. We had oatmeal for breakfast and since I was the skipper, I went with Liam to the skipper’s meeting to discuss the first race. We sadly had the start the most leeward of the eight boats, but it was fine because we ended in 4th place! For lunch we went to port. We got a chance to do major grocery shopping as well. That was followed by another skipper’s meeting to preview the second race, which would be longer and even more important. Again, we started the most leeward. That was definitely not a problem because we got first place! And by a lot. Our dinner consisted of Mexican food. As soon as we finished cleaning up, we will head to Mambo for a Lifeworks. It was a fantastic day.

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