BVI: Session 3 - Changes
Posted: Thu, Aug 15, 2013
Staff Update Day 16
Location: West End, Tortola
It’s coming to the end of the trip here on Changes, and boy have we had an adventure. We’ve been sailing all around the islands, exploring everything from the wreckages of sunken ships to tropical desert beaches, where we’ve hung out for BBQ’s and caught up with the rest of the fleet. Marco, Allie, Charlie, Will, and Pete have all gotten their PADI Open Water diver, and are really progressing- going on their first dive as certified divers to the wreck of the RMS Rhone. The advanced dive group, Anan, Blas, Alex, and JJ also had their first dive as certified advanced open water divers on a deeper section of the wreck, whilst the Quest contingent, Louise, and Emmalee snorkeled it from above. The Vega sailors all did really well, passing their practical and written exams and gaining their entry level sailing certificates, whilst the Carinas all got their VHF certificates and the Flotilla Skipper and International Watch certification. We’ve also been killing it in the races with an undefeated winning streak with the Pringles cup drag race, the Road Town regatta, and an assumed victory in the final push. Overall everyone has had an amazing experience down here and we’re gonna be super sad to see the shipmates off.
Day 16- The Last Day
Location: West End, Tortola
We are so fortunate to have an amazing last day. We woke up and had breakfast with some unexpected guests of the sea- dolphins. They jumped through the water, giving us a personal morning show. Then we prepared for the last official sailing race. We all felt the intensity and pressure to win this race, and I guess it hit us hard, because Changes dominated first place. It was one of the best moments of my life, laughing and cheering as we sped past everyone. It’s definitely one of those memories that we will remember forever. It’s only sad that moments can’t live longer, because there are so many amazing moments we have experienced in the BVI this summer that I wish would never have to end. Endings are sad and scary sometimes, and the end of this adventure with everyone is something I don’t want to face. But everything in life has an ending, so really life is all about the adventure, friendships, moments, and memories you create along the way. And I know I have created some that will keep with me for the rest of my life. Not only can I walk away with great stories to share and memories to keep in our hearts, we can also walk away with skill that will help us through the rest of our lives. I know for certain that after this experience I am going home a new and improved version of myself. I can’t thank AQ, the staff, and the new friends I’ve made, enough for the experience we’ve gotten to have. But most importantly, I can’t thank Bobby, Cayley, and Jack enough for making our AQ experience amazing in the even not so fun moments. Without them my AQ experience wouldn’t have been the same. Love you guys.
Posted: Wed, Aug 14, 2013
Day 15- Road Town
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Today we woke up to a delicious breakfast of crepes made by our very own Blas, who woke up extra early to make them. We then took a leisurely sail over to Road Town for some time ashore. While on land we shopped, got ice cream and Gelato, and hung out with each other. It was a great time. We then got back on Changes to sail to the Bight at Norman Island, where we are now. The sail was probably one of the most fun, there was great wind the entire way. We snacked on the way along with a little bit of singing. Now we sit in the peaceful water at the Bight enjoying some peaceful music in our downtime. In all, today was a very nice and relaxing day and we can’t believe that we only have one more full day left! Time flies!!
Posted: Tue, Aug 13, 2013
Day 14- From Shipwrecks to Sail Racing
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
We woke up already on our way to the Rhone shipwreck, our final diving destination. Having just been certified, the Vegas descended to the stern of the wreck (35 ft) while the advanced divers descended to the bow of the ship (75 ft). During this time the Questers snorkeled on the surface, observing the lively waters. The wreck was from the late 19th century, and therefore has had ample time to become home to a vast array of sea life and coral. While we saw countless different animals, the sea turtle, stingray, and giant lobster were unanimous highlights of the dive. In addition the wreck showed the untampered design of the vessel, and was just another reason why this was my favorite dive so far. After the dive we left to hang out on our sister boat Spindrift, where we enjoyed the gorgeous summer sun and warm tropical waters. After all boats had enjoyed the dive, ActionQuest returned to land to hike through a steep path onto the top of the island. It was here that we enjoyed the dramatic views of the Pacific crashing onto the rocky walls of the island. With such views, everyone quickly began taking crazy pictures and simply enjoying our final moments on the program. As with all good things, this soon came to an end, and we returned to our ships. It was here that we began our final venture for the day: sail racing. In typical Changes fashion we quickly took the lead and never looked back. Before we knew it, we had finished the race in first place, and promptly started our dinner. For this meal we enjoyed scrambled eggs, sausages and biscuits, as well as chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Exhausted from the thrilling activities of the day, we are now relaxing in one of the most beautiful places on earth, getting rested for another exciting day.
Posted: Mon, Aug 12, 2013
Day 13- Race Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
On the morning of this 13th day of action, we had a hard time waking up. This was to be the race day. On the program: a downwind race in the morning, and a longer upwind race in the afternoon. After the race briefing we all got prepared for our race. It was very tense, but we finished first. We came back to West End to resupply and have a small break. During the afternoon race, after numerous tacks, we crossed the finish line first again. We anchored in Great Harbor in Peter Island and had dinner. At the end of the day we had a fun time and remembered two for two for Changes.