BVI: Session 1 - Changes
Posted: Mon, Jul 7, 2014
Staff Update Day 20
Location: West End, Tortola
Posted: Sat, Jul 5, 2014
Day 19 – White Squall
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
We began our day with yummy pancakes to get us ready for a long day of sailing. The advanced sailors took their exams while the others finished eating. We then waterskied for the last time with Higgy. I, for one, just could not get up today, while Mason and Caitlin skied with ease. Afterwards we made our way over to Road Town, where most of us ate lunch at Village Cay. Some went to explore the town and get ice cream while others used that time to use the internet and go on their phones. From Road Town we made our way to the Bight on Norman Island. On our way there we had our own little white squall. The wind was blowing, our jib was furled in, the main was reefed and the rain was pouring down; we managed to go 8 knots at one point. Once moored our instructors went off to a meeting while the cooks made dinner and the rest of us were down below with them taking shelter from the rain. Then lastly for our evening activity we wrote cards to one another, to remember all the good things we are capable of and the good in all of us.
Posted: Fri, Jul 4, 2014
Day 18 – Certification Day!
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
We woke up this morning to a wonderful, not-so nutritious bowl of wheat thin cereal that started off the day right! We then sailed off to Salt Island which couldn’t be a more stunning view! We then went straight to Gemini to a colorful shipwreck called the RMS Rhone which sunk due to a horrific storm in 1867. The pieces of the ship are all scattered around in one area full of beautiful fish, exotic coral and tons of broken up wood! Then we ascended to the surface where I was then proclaimed a certified diver. Afterwards we went on a 15 minute hike to the top of Salt Islands mountain where we were able to see where the Queen of England collects an ounce of salt each year! Then we came back to Changes for another breakfast which we have now come to call Brinner. Then came time for a sad, happy squeeze which talked about our favorite moments throughout the trip. I couldn’t thank ActionQuest enough for the loving staff, awesome shipmates and nothing but perfect diving sites! So thank you AQ for being a major impact on my life (in a good way); not only giving me one of the best experiences but for changing my life forever.Love always, Emma
Posted: Thu, Jul 3, 2014
Day 17 – Race Day #1
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Race Day!!! After another early morning with an oatmeal breakfast I headed off to the first skipper’s meeting where I was briefed on the events that were to take place for the first race. Upon getting our line up order by drawing names out of a hat we reviewed the chart and went over our starting pint which was Sandy Cay and the finishing line, West End. The skippers and I then retreated to our boats and I prepared for battle. We then raised our main and headed to the starting line. After this we listened to the radio for Mitch’s countdown and at the end of 3, 2, 1 we were off. We were a little slow sheeting in the jib, which got us off to a slow start but after getting on a good heading we were making up ground. We raced for a good hour and a half but unfortunately we headed a little to upwind at first and lost our heading to the finish line. This resulted in us coming in last place. But we weren’t too upset because the end of the race marking the start to our shore time. This short time was extra-long which was nice considering West End was a little more developed than the usual port stops. After getting a bite to eat and visiting a few shops, I attended another skipper meeting and got ready for race #2. This was race was considerably longer not only because of the distance but also because we were heading dead into the wind up the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Four action packed hours later we arrived at the finished line where we faired a little better coming in 6th place. We ended the day in Great Harbor which was just behind the finish line with a nice swim and another fantastic dinner prepared by our chef. Following by another sail talk which was considerably important considering our final exam is tomorrow which I am sure we will all pass with flying colors.
Posted: Wed, Jul 2, 2014
Day 16- Practicals!