BVI: Session 3 - Squeaky Brat

Posted: Sun, Aug 14, 2016

Staff Update Day 17

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Jake, Annie and Emma
Wow! What an incredible 17 days. We are so massively sad to see our amazing 10 shipmates leave the dock. They all have made such an incredible impact on each other and us, and it couldnt have been the same if any one of them didnt bring their individual and unique personalities to the cockpit of Squeaky Brat. I honestly never have seen a group of strangers form such a strong bond as the ones that have formed this session. From coming on the first day and learning about the boat, the different lines, where to sleep, how to use the head and even how to cook, to having the students basically run the boat by the end of the session is such a cool thing. Every single student on board Squeaky this session has passed their sailing AND scuba practical! It was so inspiring to see them help each other study and perfect their skills. Everyone has learned new knots, new watersport skills and a bunch of knowledge on all things nautical.

Posted: Sat, Aug 13, 2016

Day 16- Race Day!

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Spencer L.
TToday we woke up and ate breakfast excited for our race and last day on the water but also sad that we would soon be leaving. Still, spirits were high as we prepared for the race and assembled the anchor team for the last time. Soon we were out of the harbor and at the starting line, everyone anticipating the start of the race. The signal was given and we unfurled our jib and turned onto the first leg of the race with cheers and laughing. Although our start wasnt the best and put us near the back of the fleet, we soon began to recover, gaining on some of the boats ahead of us as we strove to maximize our speed. From then on, it was a battle to keep the wind from turning us off course and losing speed. On the first leg of the race, we drew close to Calypso several times, only to have their sails steal our wind and cause us to loose speed. Still, we kept at it and were just a tad behind them at the finish line! By then my arms and legs were aching from fighting the wind and keeping us on course for the race. From there, we moved on to cleaning the boat and getting it ready to return to the charter company. It was great to see everyone work together to clean the boat but brought our imminent departure into sharp focus (not to mention that I chose to clean the head, or ship bathroom, a decision that I came to regret). As we came for the last time into West End, we all enjoyed the beautiful island scenery from the boat for the last time before scrubbing down the deck and cockpit. After we passed our inspection we all headed to shore and most of us went and got lunch together and talked about how we would miss each other and miss being in this amazing place, as well as our excitement to be back home. It has been an amazing time here, learning to dive and sail in the clear water between the beautiful islands and developing such great friendships with people who only two weeks ago were strangers. Today has, above all, reminded me of how lucky I am to have been here and with such wonderful people.

Posted: Fri, Aug 12, 2016

Day 15- Good Day

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Erica L.
At 3 oclock this morning, some of us got woken up by Jimmy to see the meteor shower. Milin and Ella, with the help of Maisy, made banana and regular pancakes for breakfast. Before motoring to Road Town, we went swimming and some of the shipmates taught me how to dive and they succeeded! We got shore time in Road Town to have lunch and stock up on snacks! While we sailed to the Bight at Norman Island, we saw a dolphin swimming alone and took selfies with the staff. When we got there, we showered very quickly because the staff had a meeting. In this dinner, we bonded a lot and had a great time. After cleaning everybody started to pack, which is sad. We will finish this day with a secret evening program. This day was awesome and I will miss ActionQuest.

Posted: Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Day 13- S.S.S. (Sailing, Shopping, Swimming)

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Ellie H.
Today we sailed back to West End from Sandy Spit and then went to port and then had a practice sail race to Great Harbor on Peter Island. We all took turns on the helm, the main sheet, jib sheet and halyard to check off for our sailing practical. Jake was very patient with all of us. I had a lot of fun helming the boat and going through a lot of points of sail including beam reach, close haul and heaving to. Around 10:45 we sailed into West End and docked there until around 12:45, spending time eating, shopping and talking. Everyone bought a lot of stuff, West End has some great shops! At 12:30, Emma and I headed to the skippers meeting at Harbor Market where we talked about the upcoming race. We came in last because our jib went up later than everyone elses and we were also pulling two heavy dinghies. After finishing the race, we took showers and swam around for a bit. Haley and Erica made an amazing dinner of Mexican night and now we will have our final sail chat. All in all, it was a great day.

Posted: Tue, Aug 9, 2016

Day 12- Sandy Spit And PADI Certifications

Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Author: Bernie B.
Early this morning we are some really good French toast made by the chefs of the day. Today was a packed rotation day! First, we went over to Bella Vita to watch a documentary about a 14 year old girl who sailed around the world (called Maidentrip). After watching an hour of that, we went wakeboarding and skiing. The water today was super calm and then we went to do our training dive! During the dive, we saw a few rays and lobster carcasses. We were all filled with happiness that we were finally certified scuba divers! From there, we left the anchorage Muskmelon Bay and went to Sandy Spit, a beautiful beach where we all had a beach barbeque and all had a ton of fun.

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