BVI: Session 3 - Sailing Curls

Posted: Sun, Aug 14, 2016

Staff Update Day 17

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Simon, Kelly, and Casey
I can’t believe how quickly our time together as Sailing Curls is coming to a close. Although our boat may have many nicknames for one another, the thing that’s for sure the one that sticks best is family. Our past three weeks together have made the fifteen of us a team who work together in order to get the best experience out of our time in the BVI, and we couldn’t be more in denial as our trip starts to wrap up. For our 12 Vega students reward came in the form of the “Rhone” dive on Day 18 where they where finally diving as open water PADI divers. The visibility was the best of the summer and wildlife such as turtles, eagle rays, and an octopus joined our students to make the final dive that much more incredible. Some of our students even enjoyed some Mentos and Capri Suns down at 40 feet! In addition to scuba success, our Vega students also excelled in their IYT International Crew Certification practicals and theory exams. We are happy to announce our boat is host to 12 new IYT International Crew Certification holders. As if our final days couldn’t be filled with more adventure we’ve also shown off our skills in the first two races of program. Coming in first for the first race, there was a lot of pressure on Curls to perform equally well in our final sail of the summer. With all hands on deck we set off for the final race with an amazing start, which set us up for success. We are happy to announce we took another first place in our final sail of the summer, truly a great way to end the program! We’ve now started to reflect on all we’ve gained from these three weeks together. Once strangers, we now couldn’t imagine life before ActionQuest. Although everyone is sad to leave, they disembark with a newfound respect for the ocean and each other, profound scuba and sailing knowledge, and overall growth as an individual and team player.

Posted: Sat, Aug 13, 2016

Day 16- Race Day

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Adam W.
We were woken up to the sound of our morning play list once again, and our last full day of ActionQuest was underway. Breakfast was oatmeal or cereal, depending on personal preference. Following breakfast I left for a skippers meeting to brief us on the race that was soon to commence. I returned to the boat full of energy and music blaring throughout the boat. There were trophies and medals on the line, and we wanted to win the race once again. Our boat pulled up to the starting line and the other boats soon followed behind. We pulled up our mainsail and we were ready to begin. Our boat jumped to an early start, which only grew as time passed. The boat was excellently helmed by Natalie, Annalee and Harriet. As we looked back on while crossing the finish line, there was a magnificent view of the entire fleet and a huge island (Tortola) in the background. Following our victory, our boat headed back to port for the night and the crew scattered throughout to start cleaning. The day is still young and we will be having our third and final BBQ tonight, which may be the last time we see some of our friends. These 16 days have been amazing and I am not fully ready for this trip to come to a close.

Posted: Fri, Aug 12, 2016

Day 15- A Relaxing Day In Port

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Emma Z.
For the first time in 14 days, we woke up to a lazy morning. The whole boat slept in until around 9:30am; as opposed to our usual 6 am wake up call to the sound of blasting pump up music. After our chefs, Natalie and Matt cooked up some delicious French toast that we chowed down and then headed to Road Town on Tortola. A few of us enjoyed some yummy local food while others ventured out to try the locals favorite Chinese restaurant. We viewed the city and even got the chance to pick up a few groceries that we wanted for the last few days. Once we got back on the boat we sailed over to the Bight on Norman Island where we will spend our last night. After cleaning the boat, until it was spotless we headed into the water for an ocean shower. Next, we enjoyed some classic franks and beans with a side of corn bread. We are planning on doing a fun evening activity, cant wait to find out what it is! We are all definitely treasuring our last few days here and soaking in all of the amazing experiences.

Posted: Thu, Aug 11, 2016

Day 14

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Karen B.
Heude hadden wir unseren letzeten tauchgang, en wir als zerdifikierde skuba diver hier machen. Es war definitir der beste tauchgang von allen. Wir sind durch ein schiffswrack gedaucht, gedauchs, wo sich nach so ielen jahren, die es auf den grund liegs, viele korallen angesiedelt haben und das zuhause fur tausende fische bildet. Es war eines der beeindruckendsden dinge die ich jemals gesehen habe. Alles war so bunt und manche fische waren riesig. Leider mussten wir nach 30 minuten wieder auftauchen und das wrack verlassen. Als wir wieder auf dem boot waren, haben wir snacks eingepackt und sind auf ein aderes boot gefahren, um dort den segeltest zu schreiben. Alle haben den test bestanders und waren erleichtert, nicht mehr lernen zu mussen. Nach dem test sind wir dann auf der insel Salt Island gewandert und haben die aussicht auf das meer genossen. Den tag haben wir mit einem erfrischenden bad in der karibik ausklingen lassen und fahren nach dem abendessen zu einem anderen boot ruber, um uns einen Lifeworks vortrag vom ActionQuest chef Mike anzuhohren.

Posted: Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Day 13- Racing The Day Away (& winning)

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Natalie G.
Today was a great day! We woke up this morning and sailed to West End. We then went ashore and bought souvenirs and snacks. Then it was race time. We were all really nervous and practiced fast tacking and got really good at it. Then we all fired up and got off to a great start. We easily passed the boats on all sides, creating a pretty large lead that lasted the whole race. We passed the finish line first! Annalee and Harriet helped us do really fast and efficient tacks and were pretty much the reason we won! After hours at the helm, Antoine and Adam catered to my need for Oreos and water and that is what kept the boat alive. The race ended at Peter Island and we are staying the night here. Today was a super fun day of sailing!

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