BVI: Session 3 - Sambamba
Posted: Sat, Aug 15, 2015
Staff Update Day 17
Location: West End, Tortola
The past 17 days have been amazing! The crew of Sambamba has learned together, grown together and laughed together and we are truly sad to see this session come to an end. As the crew packed up and stepped off of the stern this morning the staff reflected back on what an amazing session it has been. Each and every one of our shipmates showed personal growth and proved their knowledge and skill by earning sailing and diving certifications along the way. It is hard to believe that Oliver and Alex had never met before ActionQuest. From day 1 these two were inseparable. They made such a great team, whether that is as chefs cooking in the galley or as the anchor team at the bow. Jack was usually heading up anchor team or mooring team, helping us teach knots, points of sail and seamanship. Rachel and Augusta were always the ones making us laugh during squeeze or anytime we were supposed to be serious. All in all, serious was hard to come by as a group and that’s the way we liked it! Trevor, Lara and Emily were usually the shepherds of the group. They were always thinking big picture, and making sure everyone was involved and having a good time. Del was the entertainer of the crew, teaching us how to dance and beat box every time a catchy song came on. Our favorite song to sing and dance to/our general theme song was I Like to Cha Cha. Anytime this song came on the entire crew broke out in song and dance. Sambama was known throughout the program as the most funny and happiest boat! Levi was another source of laughter and happiness. He always had something funny to say and kept the group happy and upbeat in dull moments. Levi was also our secret weapon in the galley. Anytime a chef needed help, he was usually already there to save the day. Our stomachs thank Levi! Sebastian’s positivity and cheeky, infectious smile always kept everyone upbeat, lifting the spirits of the whole crew. Cha Cha, Ruth and I really want to thank the crew for being so great and making our jobs easy. Teaching and living with 14 strangers may sound like a challenge at first but honestly this was one of the best sessions of AQ! Sam Bam Fam Bam!!
Posted: Fri, Aug 14, 2015
Day 16- Racing Away
Location: West End, Tortola
We woke up this morning and had a breakfast of oatmeal and/or cereal. Then the skipper (me) went to a meeting for the race that happened later that day. When I got back to the boat we had some muffins and left Norman Island (The Bight) for the start line. The race started shortly after we got there. We started in the lead with Zourite (the fastest boat) got in front of us. We stayed behind them the rest of the race but ended up coming in second. After the race we headed towards West End (where we started) while a few people were sailing the rest of us cleared the boat. Then we got to West End. Now we are going to have a pizza party. And then shore time and tonight we will have a BBQ.
Posted: Wed, Aug 12, 2015
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was yet another rotation day, however, it was based on a diving schedule which made it a bit more interesting. In the a morning, we woke up to a delicious breakfast of oatmeal made by our esteemed cooks Jack and Delcino. (They really didn’t do much, but I really like oatmeal). Afterwards we sailed out of Great Harbor of Peter Island to Salt Island, where we got to see some of the clearest water in the British Virgin Islands. Once we anchored, we took our sailing exam. I got extremely nervous but ended up finishing first and probably passing. However, my nervousness completely disappeared once I got to dive the Rhone. The Rhone is a large Royal Mail Ship that sunk in the 1800’s. It was a beautiful dive with loads of coral and fish living amongst the shipwreck. Afterwards we did some more sailing circles and anchored back at Peter Island to a dinner of breakfast. We literally had scrambled eggs and sausage at dinner time.
Posted: Tue, Aug 11, 2015
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
The day started with the man overboard skill. Everybody had to steer the helm and do the other things they have to do, but not everyone finished the skills because we had to go. After this skill we had to sail to West End where we started this trip. When we arrived we filled the water up and went to land. We got our phones and our spending money.The most shipmates went to eat lunch or went shopping in the supermarket. When everyone went back to the boat and waited, Ruth and I went again on land. First we went to the boat shop to buy something for our boat, and then we went to a skipper’s meeting. At the skipper’s meeting we talked with the other skippers over the race that we made. Every skipper had to grab a number out of a hat and that was our starting number. We had number 6. When the race started we were all excited because we won the last race. First Zourite was 1, Tiger Pause was 2 and we were 3. To win the race we had to do very much tacks. After ten minutes we were number 1. It was a cool and awesome race. After an hour we were first and nobody was to see because we were so fast. And we won the race after 2 1/2 hours sailing. We were the first when we came to the finish line but we were the last ones who anchored. We went showering and prepared dinner. We were very late because we have to eat between 5-6 today but we ate at 7:30. And now we have to clean up, doing squeeze and the last sailing chat because we are going to write the sail exam tomorrow.
Posted: Mon, Aug 10, 2015
Day 12- Just Another Great Piece Of The Puzzle
Location: Sandy Spit, Green Cay
Today was an incredibly memorable day! It began with a fantastic breakfast of French toast, prepared by our chefs that day Augusta and Lara. We then proceeded to clean our dishes and board the dinghy to the next activity, Pico sailing and waterskiing! I chose to sail a Pico for the last time here at ActionQuest. When that rotation was complete we were shuttled back to Sambamba to learn to tie some really unique knots, such as the monkey’s fist and Turk’s head. After many unsuccessful attempts we all each finally made something we could be proud of. It wouldn’t have been possible without the collaboration of our team, those who understood the knots would take the time to work out the steps with those who didn’t. This is just one of the many examples that occur day to day about how we have sailed farther away from being individuals, and closer to being family and shipmates. After a lunch of mac and cheese we excitedly made our way over to our dive boat for our next open water dive! Although it may be day 12 of living here, I still haven’t gotten over the clarity of the water here and the gorgeous atmospheres created when we dive or snorkel. The experience is one of a kind and breathtaking. After we completed our drills, we explored the reef and saw all kinds of fish and eel you would only see in an aquarium. Next we went closer to the rocks to try to get the cleaner shrimp to eat the dead skin off our fingernails and give us a manicure! We didn’t have much luck but while we were holding our hands there a stingray swam over and came no more than 4 feet from me! That concluded the second to last dive and our graduation from the PADI open water diver course. After we took apart our gear and packed up, we headed back to our boat to sail to Sandy Spit off of Jost van Dyke for an amazing beach BBQ! We met up with each of our other friends from the other boats and had a blast socializing and eating great food. One of my favorite things about ActionQuest is all of the friends from all over the world that I step out having gained. Germany, Colorado, Scotland, France, California, Boston and so many more! All these places I can now say I know someone from. Overall, today was just another fantastic piece of a puzzle greater than I really put into words. It’s almost impossible to not continue having a great time here, and I know each and every one of us thinks the same way.