BVI: Session 1 - Squeaky Brat
Posted: Tue, Jul 5, 2016
Staff Update Day 21
Location: West End, Tortola
It’s so hard to believe a short 20 days ago the Squeaky brat crew was just getting to know one another. Now, were back in West End as a tight knit family. The staff is ecstatic to share that all of the students successfully earned their PADI Open Water Diver certifications. Thats not all though, Squeaky B is also proud that all twelve shipmates additionally passed their IYT sailing exams, giving them their International Crew Certification. We hope that our students use their new certifications to open a window of opportunities moving forward. The hard work and long hours paid off for our dedicated crew and we couldnt be more proud of them. Since day 1, the students have been moving practically non-stop. They completed their confined and open water dives necessary for their PADI certification. This enabled us to all gather for a fun dive at the world-renowned RMS Rhone at Salt Island. It is a favorite among staff and divers across the island, so it was special to be able to share this incredible wreck dive with our twelve new certified open water divers. From turtles, stingrays, and swim throughs, the dive was definitely a top moment of the trip. Matt, Marissa, Santiago, and Lina were super excited about a massive Barracuda they spotted by the wreck. Another excitement of the past week has been the sail races weve participated in among the ActionQuest vessels. Ryan got the crew excited for our first race with some pumpin jamz. We got off to a great start with our first two races led by our skipper Charles. Although we struggled to stay ahead, the whole crew had a great time sticking to the high side of the boat and cruising upwards of 7 knots. However, it was our last race where we truly shined. Edging ahead of several vessels, with David at the helm we couldnt be stopped. Coming in fourth, we hit a personal record of 9 knots, CRAZY speed for Squeaky B history. We also participated in man overboard drills as a part of the practical test of their IYT training. Ethan and others dominated at rescuing Barbara our passenger (fender) overboard in record time with controlled tacks and excellent sail trim. As our trip has come to an end, weve had a lot of bonding dinner conversations and squeezes. Anna, Annika, and Isabel made the whole boat brownies AND banana muffins to enjoy as dessert as the whole boat took time to reflect on the past three weeks. We then got to listen to Allegra introduce us to her phenomenal singing skills as the sun set on another wonderful night in the BVI. Its been the fastest three weeks and we are so saddened to say goodbye to our Squeaky B family. We wish we all had more time together but we cant wait to send back our talented shipmates to their respective homes filled with new skills and attributes that will hopefully positively shape their lives for years to come.
Love & Squeeze & Forever Forty Knots
Casey, Annie, & David
Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2016
Day 20- Last Day On The Water
Location: West End, Tortola
We began the day in the Bight at Norman Island. Today was race day. It was amazing how everyone worked together to sail fast and get fourth place. This is a big improvement from our last race. Thanks to David’s helming skills we stayed on course the whole time. Santiago did an amazing job on the jib sheets. I really enjoyed spending some time and sailing with everyone. The race ended at Peter Island, and then we motored to West End- AQ’s home base. We did some cleaning on the boat to get it squeaky clean as it was when we arrived. Then we had some shore time. We all ate lunch together at Pusser’s and then got ice cream. Everyone had longed for ice cream because the last time we were at West End it was closed. We returned back to Squeaky brat and took the AQ flag that had been flying on the backstay all session. We divided it into pieces. All the pieces together make up the whole. This has been the model of our boat throughout the trip. I’m really going to miss all the good friends I’ve made now I’m off to closing BBQ
I’m thankful for being able to come to AQ. This place has meant more to me than just watersports. The bigger picture I’ve learned is that everyone comes from different backgrounds and AQ has created a really strong community that brings people together. We’ve learned and bonded so much together. The struggles we faced, we overcame together. Everyone is feeling a bit down about leaving each other, but as soon as someone mentions a reunion, we realize this is not the end, only the beginning of new friendships. Thank you AQ and our staff David, Casey, and Annie. You are all amazing.
Posted: Sun, Jul 3, 2016
Day 19- A Day In Road Town
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
For me, I woke up at 6am and lay on the midships before the rest of my shipmates woke up for the day. This morning we had a breakfast of pancakes, fruit, cereal, and milk. Today was our last day for waterskiing/wakeboarding, so I went waterskiing. We motored out in a dinghy named Bolt. We got to waterski for about 45 minutes. After waterskiing, our boat was doing back flips, front flips, cartwheels, and cannonballs off the port side of Squeaky. There were a lot of Go Pros so hopefully there will be a lot of cool videos of flips and dives. After a thirty-minute swim session, we put up the jib and motor sailed to the biggest city in the BVI, Road Town. Because it is Sunday a lot of the shops were closed, but we got ice cream and lunch on the harbor with some of the shipmates from Lady Aubrey. After we departed Road Town, we set off for Norman Island. On the way, we played games as an entire boat, such as Guess Who and Mafia. We are about to have cheesy pasta and tomorrow is July 4th. Happy early birthday USA!
Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2016
Day 18- Rhone Dive Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
The day started with a rainstorm. At about 1am a rainstorm caused everybody in hammocks/on deck to go to the salon to sleep there. The day started with a late breakfast because we were all tired. We proceeded to take our practical exams before going to dive in the ruins of the Rhone The Rhone sunk of the coast of Salt Island. It was in the 1860s. After the dive, we went back to the ship and sailed more. Now I’m off to take the sailing final exam.
Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2016
Day 17- Racing Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Our day began with a breakfast of oatmeal. After breakfast was done the skippers went on the boat Midnatt Solen to talk about the path we would be taking and where the finishing line is. The boats then went into position for the race, and when the countdown was over all of the boats surged forward. Sadly, the Squeaky boat came in last place, but that did not lower our spirits. For lunch, we stopped at West End and grabbed the supplies that we needed. The skippers then had another meeting to talk about the course we would take for the second race. When everything was ready, we got into position. This race required us to make a lot of tacks to get to Great Harbor, the location we would be staying for the night. We came in last again, but everyone did not care because we were all excited about dinner tonight, which is Mexican night.