BVI: Session 3 - Aeolus

Posted: Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Aeolus Staff Update Day 17

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Ian, Jay, and Maddy
It has been 16 days since we met one another on the docks at West End. In that time we have circumnavigated the island of Tortola and dove beneath its breathtaking waters. Jake and Caleb have been exceptional leaders on board and really got into commanding the crew and pressing as much speed from the sails as possible. Kavya has been a fantastic sailor as well and has kept morale among the crew high with delicious pancakes. Sean was equally as adept at keeping morale high with his humorous attitude. He took after Jake’s “two and a Rick Flair” cheer and always looked for opportunities to get the crew going. Jackson and Trey were the energizer bunnies of the group and took to the winches to grind out all of that extra juice. Madison was the expert on the trendiest new hit songs of the summer and had some fantastic suggestions. Lauren and Sam became the closest of friends and shared many laughs, even at 11 pm. Brandon and Vincenzo made a bond early on. They became excellent divers and loves staying up into the late hours of the night swapping stories and learning from each other. Alexa was our skipper on the beach final sail and brought us across the finish line in Boston style. All become great divers over the course of the trip and have experienced their first breaths underwater, as well as their first shipwreck. It has been a delightful voyage full of growth and adventure. date:Aug 15, 2017

Posted: Mon, Aug 14, 2017

The Last Hoorah

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Alexa T.
Today I woke up with the realization that it’s our last full day here. I spent my morning at a skipper’s meeting to talk about the rules for the final race. We arrived promptly at the starting point at 9 am. At first we were in last place but eventually, we moved our way up to second place with Jake at the helm. We could’ve come in first but our tacking was a bit slow. We ended in second behind Bella Vita. I think all that matters is that everyone had a really good time and participated fully. Later today we’re docking at West End for lunch and finishing the final cleanups of the trip. Tonight is our last BBQ and I can’t wait to see everyone who’s been through the same things as me in the past 2.5 weeks. It feels like I haven’t been home for a year but in a good way. I’m not ready to leave these people who have become like my family. On this trip, I learned more about myself and others than I ever have before. Participating in ActionQuest was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I plan on keeping some lifelong friends. date:Aug 14, 2017

Day 15

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Madison S.
Today we woke up to some delicious pancakes with a gorgeous view, how much better could it get! During breakfast, it really set in how soon we would be leaving. But we had no time to be sad! We started to motor over to Road Town at 9:30. Once we reached our destination we all ran to the grocery store. Some of us were going through severe Oreo withdrawal. We also got some yummy food at the marina restaurant, where we got to chat with other boats. Our shore time soon came to an end and we were off to Norman Island. We set the mainsail and headed out. Most of the ride consisted over an intense battle over which staff member made the best brownies. It was never truly settled until Kavya made the best cornbread in the world. It became obvious who the superior baker was. So I end this blog in front of the sunset feeling a little bit salty (figuratively and literally) that we have to leave in two days. date:Aug 13, 2017

Posted: Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Final Dive/Hike

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Brandon K.
Today was for sure a fun and enjoyable one! We began by starting the day with a delicious and healthy breakfast of oatmeal and cantaloupe. As soon as the last of the dishes were cleaned and put away, the Aeolus crew were ready for departure. Since I was the assigned skipper I was responsible for the safety and management of the crew along with briefing the crew on the days’ activities. Once that was done I was responsible for taking the helm and starting us out of Peter Island. As we got closer to the other AQ boats we could already make out familiar faces greeting, smiling and welcoming us upon arrival to the destination. About 20 minutes later we were all on dinghies being whisked away to what is known as The Rhone, which is a sunken vessel that SCUBA divers are known to explore/dive. Getting into the water was the hardest part given that the current was extremely strong. It was as if you were struggling with all of your might against a force/power you can never win against. While the Rhone dive was wrapping up, a new activity, which was more tedious, demanding and somewhat cool and beautiful was starting up. It was a hike on Salt Island. Now, this activity totally did me in. First of all, the hike looked simple to the eye but deceiving to the mind as it turned out to be higher then I expected and a lot more walking. But overall each part of the day brought a different perspective on things and how to look at it. date: Aug 12, 2017

Sailing Race

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Vicenzo M.
Today we woke up after 6:30am, we got to rest a little, then we went sailing for 2 or 3 hours. After that, we got to port and we stayed there until 2:30 pm, we did a bunch of things like have lunch, buy new clothes, and hang out. At 2 pm we had a skipper’s chat for the race. Then we raised the sails and we started the race, it was a lot of fun, but we didn’t finish first place, but we did it as a team and we got to know each other better. After the race finished we anchored and we had a Mexican dinner, it was really good. Then we went to Mike’s boat for a special activity, we stayed for an hour or two, then we returned to the boat and we hung out for the rest of the night until we got tired and now we are going to bed. date:Aug 11, 2017

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