BVI: Session 1 - Sailing Curls

Posted: Sun, Jun 18, 2017

Sailing Off

Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Author: Grace W.
After a quick breakfast of eggs and muffins, we started heading out to Savannah Bay. Since it was our longest day of sailing yet, we had time to learn many new skills. First, we learned the wind directions. Next, we unfurled the jib for the first time the jib made the boat heel more than ever before. Everyone decided to sit on the high side with our feet dangling down. Today we also learned what tacking meant, and how to tack. Our whole boat worked together to have the sails the way they were supposed to be. Once we got to Savannah Bay, we all jumped in the bright blue water. We finished off today with pasta and salad for dinner. Today was a great forward moving day.

Posted: Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Our First Sailing Experience

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Benjamin R.
As the sun’s rays peeked over the rolling hills of Tortola, soft music from our morning music played at an early 6am. We shook the fatigue from our bodies and prepped ourselves for the long day ahead of us. We ate a breakfast of cereal and apples, and then got ready for Mike’s talk and about rules and guidelines. After we were given a bit of free time, which was a great time to buy some final snacks. Soon we found ourselves back on the boat motoring away from the ActionQuest dock. Some of us had our first sailing experience. As we moved on our way to Norman Island using our motor and sail, we bonded sitting in the sun. Once we arrived near the caves of Norman Island, all of completed our swim tests and got ready for a snorkel at The Caves. We ate lunch and watched our fellow shipmates of other boats boar our boat to gather equipment for their snorkel. We then traveled a short distance to The Bight, where we are spending the night. We ate delicious Sloppy Joes cooked up by Laini as the sun passed over the horizon, leading to the end of a wonderful day.

Posted: Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Sailing Curls Staff Update Day 1

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Gwen, Kelly, and Andy
It’s here! Gwen, Kelly and Andy are anticipating a fantastic 1st session with 12 shipmates coming aboard. We’re so excited to be sailing around the BVI; sharing our oceans and experiences on our new home for the next 3 weeks, Sailing Curls. Both Carinas and Vegas will be taking to our activities of Open Water and Advanced Open Water diving with the certifications in Night Diving, Boat Diving and Fish Identification! Well also be sailing around, learning both basic and advanced techniques where the shipmates will showcase their newfound skills as they guide us around the Caribbean on this expedition. We’re ready to meet the crew and become a family, learning together, growing together and being a part of these amazing weeks to come!
Here is an introduction to the crew of Sailing Curls:
Gwen- skipper/WFR
Born in New England and raised in an active family, Gwen became a water sports enthusiast early in life. Surprisingly she was not introduced to sailing until she spent a semester in the Caribbean aboard Seamesters S/Y Ocean Star. After a life-changing experience with Seamester, Gwen joined the ActionQuest/Go Beyond team as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) in 2014. Since then, Gwen has earned her Master of Yachts 200ton certificate and she returns for her fourth summer with ActionQuest as a skipper and a WFR. When she is not at ActionQuest, Gwen lives in Vermont where she works in a ski shop and reaps the benefits of living seasonally.
Kelly- dive instructor/mate/WFR
Kelly grew up land locked in St. Louis, Missouri. She found her passion for travel and adventure while studying abroad in high school and college. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, Kelly moved to Sarasota, Florida to work full time with the ActionQuest admissions team. Since moving to Florida, she has earned her Master of Yachts 200ton, PADI Master Scuba Dive Trainer and Wilderness First Responder certifications. This will be Kellys fourth summer in the British Virgin Islands, and she is thrilled to show her students the BVI both above and below the water.
Andy- dive instructor/mate
Andy became a dive instructor in 2014 and his love for the ocean and everything in it has grown ever since. When he’s not diving in Honduras, he spends his time traveling around Mexico and Guatemala, living in beautiful communities. He’s learning more and more about Mayan culture and natural medicines whilst confirming his love for ecstatic dance and cacao (but really, who doesnt like hot chocolate?) He cant wait to return for another AQ summer this year!

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