BVI: Session 1 - La Bella Vita
Posted: Mon, Jun 19, 2017
A Long, Adventurous Day
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Today started with a very early start at 6:45. After the very early wakeup, we left Savanna Bay. We ate breakfast on the way to the Baths. The Baths are a very special rock formation that is fun to climb and jump around. We all went to the very very secret underwater cave that we explored. After we finished in the baths, we took showers and headed over to Spanish Town. We got lunch as a boat then explored a little, and got back on the boat. To end our day we practiced our sailing by taking turns at the helm. We are all excited for our first dive of the trip tomorrow!
Posted: Sun, Jun 18, 2017
Location: Savanna Bay, Virgin Gorda
Today we woke up in the Bight at Norman Island. We had eggs, cantaloupe and blueberry muffins. We talked about what we were going to do for the day. Then we set sail on our 5-hour journey. Today was the first day when we used our jib sail. Midway through our trip we stopped at Cooper Island for lunch and a quick swim. Lunch was either a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a turkey sandwich. Then we stopped in Savanna Bay to eat dinner, waterski, and anchor our boats for the night.
Posted: Sat, Jun 17, 2017
A Great Beginning
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
This was our first day to set sail in the BVI. We woke up at around 6 even though we could sleep in till seven. After a long journey to get here and even a broken phone that lost all of my things, I was excited to get here. We had a delicious breakfast of cereal and apples and we headed down to the end of the dock for a talk. Director Mike talked to us about safety while telling an interesting story that went with each one. When the talk was done we started getting ready to set sail! I got to help drive the boat first and it was amazing. During our sailing, we got to talk to each other and learn names and become more situated. After sailing for a while we got to our first place where we could snorkel. I got to see my sister while we were getting prepared to snorkel (she is on the Divemaster program). After an amazing snorkeling trip, we got into our dinghy (tiny boat) and went back to the boat to eat. We had sandwiches and Pringles, then we jumped back in! After doing a couple flips and dives we did an ocean shower then set sail. At our last destination, we moored. I can tell that everyone is excited for the next day!
Posted: Fri, Jun 16, 2017
Bella Vita Staff Update Day 1
Location: West End, Tortola
Shona, Austin and George are so excited to meet all twelve of their new shipmates and welcome them aboard Bella Vita. Over the past week, they have been preparing Bella for their arrival and agree it feels a little lonely with out the shipmates here. Yesterday Shona and Austin stocked Bella with delicious snacks and treats, while George gave a final check to our dinghy Toothless. Waterskis and wakeboard equipment have been loaded up and all the final checks have been complete. Shona, Austin and George are just eagerly awaiting everyone’s arrival so they can share the summer of a lifetime together.
Here is an introduction to the crew of Bella Vita:
Shona is returning for her third Summer with ActionQuest, but is more excited than ever to return to her second family and the amazing waters of the British Virgin Islands. She has recently completed her Offshore Yachtmasters and Wilderness EMT, so will be filling two roles as a skipper and medical team this year. She graduated in 2013 with a degree in outdoor education and geography. Since then, she has worked in several locations across Europe applying these skills to promote learning through experiential education. From a young age, she has had a love for the outdoor and all sports, whether that be sailing and kayaking in the summer or snowboarding and mountaineering in the winter. Her goal is to inspire and educate her students in a fun safe learning environment.
Austin- dive instructor/mate
Austin is a passionate sailing and scuba instructor. He is from the beautiful Charleston, South Carolina and attended the College of Charleston. With 4 years of being a student, 1 as a staff member at ActionQuest, and 1 semester sailing on Ocean Star with Seamester, he has the knowledge to create the perfect summer experience for any student.
Born in the northern suburbs of Chicago, George spent his early years learning to sail and race on Lake Michigan and the inland lakes of Wisconsin. He spent his high school years racing on his high school sailing team, and his summers coaching youth sailing teams for his local yacht club. He currently is enrolled at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, working on finishing his business degree. After slowing down his sailboat racing at the end of high school, he decided to join Seamester on their recent fall trip as a way to take a break from business school and get back into sailing, where he started on his 200 ton Yacht Master training which he completed this spring. After having such a great time with Seamester aboard Argo, he realized his passion for teaching sailing and working on board boats, which has led him to ActionQuest. George’s passions include finding and listening to good music, cooking good food, and any activity having to do with wind he can get into.