BVI: Session 1 - Calypso

Posted: Tue, Jul 5, 2016

Staff Update Day 21

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Griffin, Jamie, and Emma
What an amazing three weeks! Thank you so much to the families who allowed us to spend the first session with your students. Over the trip, we have earned sailing certifications, diving certifications, made a ton of jokes, and learned and lived under the stars in one of the most beautiful locations on earth. I know for a fact that I have been confident in Max’s ability to sail from day one, but seeing him grow over the past couple of weeks has been amazing. Sophie and Justine were good friends from the beginning of the trip, and it was such a treat to watch them grow from two reserved girls to two giggling and outgoing girls who were the root of many of the jokes and laughs that came to Calypsos deck. Moriah is a lovely and outgoing girl whose excitement for scuba and sailing makes my heart, as well as all of her other instructors hearts, very happy for her future. Ian is always there to hit you with a sly joke, I loved playing who would win. (blank) or a T-Rex? with him. We had some disputes as to whether Dwayne the Rock Johnson would win or the T-Rex(I think the Rock still). Arden always woke me up with a plethora of silly hypothetical questions and magic tricks, which I fully enjoyed. She was always a trouper, even when she was having a rough day (like when her whole journal fell in the ocean and she had to start over!). Will is definitely the goofball of the group, although he and Fernando constantly competed for who could get the most laughs. Both are such nice and loyal friends to everyone on board and it was a pleasure to have them create such a fun environment for all the other shipmates, as well as for us! Tristan was always ready to hop up and help trim the sails, especially on race day when we needed it most! Without his constant enthusiasm, there is no way that we would have placed 3rd in the big race. Rachel and Madison, the two twins, were always eager in scuba and are such great and attentive learners. It was very fun and engaging as an instructor to have them challenge your knowledge base by creating new questions that you have never even thought about yourself! They are both extremely intelligent and fun. Nathan was my anchor bud, he was always the first to jump up and help with setting or raising the anchor. He has some of the best coils of the entire group! Overall we had an amazing time, full of inside jokes, lots of cooking, and learning how to use the galley, swimming, exploring the Baths, hiking, diving, and learning a ton about sailing. I will miss this great group of students, but I am confident that they are leaving ActionQuest with new inspirations and goals to set out and make the world a better place!

Posted: Mon, Jul 4, 2016

Day 20- Race Day/Clean Day

Location: West End, Tortola
Author: Tristan T.
Today we woke up and ate cereal, then got ready for a race. We raced and missed the buoy. After that we cleaned the boat before we docked. Next we docked at West End and started cleaning again. We were the first ones to dock. Then we got ready for lunch. After that we organized the bags and got ready for dinner. Finally Mike gave us a dock talk after dinner.

Posted: Sun, Jul 3, 2016

Day 19- The Tears Begin

Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Author: Fernando V.
On July 3, 2016, Calypso crewmembers woke up at around 7:00 A.M. We had cereal for breakfast. After breakfast, we motored to the RMS Rhone. There we dove a shipwreck, which was unbelievably incredible. We saw beautiful coral, fish and touched the lucky porthole. Then, we had a short hike, which was really cool. This was on Salt Island. We had a lot of fun. After that, we salt water showered and had lunch. After lunch, we swam in the crystal clear ocean. Then, we sailed to the Bight where we cleaned the boat and had dinner. Right after dinner we had the squeeze where we talked about what will be missed after we leave. After the squeeze I was called by Emma to write the daily blog. I am going to miss everyone so much!

Posted: Sat, Jul 2, 2016

Day 18- Road Town

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Justine C.
We started off the day by sleeping in and eating pancakes. They were delicious, except for the one filled with hot sauce, which we gave to Griffin. Later in the morning we showed off our knee boarding, waterskiing, and wakeboarding skills. On the way to Road Town we learned the history of the Wreck of the Rhone, the dive we are doing tomorrow. Once we arrived, we ate lunch and explored the town. We had lots of ice cream and visited some surf and dive shops. Those who werent studying for their IYT tests tomorrow had a dance party on the way back to GHP, and played games like Pterodactyl. We had breakfast for dinner and are about to watch The Incredibles with some other boats.

Posted: Fri, Jul 1, 2016

Day 17- Race Day

Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Author: Ian C.
We woke up ate breakfast and I went with Griffin to the skipper’s meeting about the race to West End this morning. During the meeting we talked about the course we will be taking and what place each boat will start in. After the meeting we went to our boat and went to the starting line we waited for 3 minutes then we started the race. The race lasted about 1 hour and we got 6th out of 8 boats. At West End we ate lunch with some of our friends from other boats then we bought some snacks. After shore time all the skippers met again to talk about the next race. The meeting was the same as the last except they talked about how we should be more careful on this racecourse. The course was from West End to Great Harbor on Peter Island. After the meeting we went to the starting line. For the final minutes before the race we put on war paint. When the race started we got off to a nice start because of the strong winds. The race was about two hours of intense sailing. In the end we got 3rd place. After, we ate dinner and had sail chat.

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