BVI: Session 2 - Sambamba
Posted: Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Staff Update Day 20
Location: West End, Tortola
These past three weeks on board Sambamba have gone by in an eye blink! Everyday has been packed full of adventures.Whether it be sailing, Picoing, scuba diving, snorkeling, beach going or class, we are always doing something new! Karl, Smudge and I are so proud of everything our crew have achieved in such a short amount of time! I really have enjoyed watching everybody develop into better scuba divers! The Vegas onboard: RIcky, Lou, Julien, Jack, Twinks and Hellie are now certified open water divers! A whole new world has opened up to them all. My advanced scuba divers have completed all of their training dives! They all enjoyed doing their adventure dives for deep diving (we descended to 70 feet), boat diving (from a dinghy and monohull), night dive (we saw a baby nurse shark on our 1st night dive), navigation dive (we learned how to use a compass underwater) and wreck diving! They are also boat, underwater naturalist and night diver specialists! Today we are all diving a shipwreck called the RMS Rhone. Our goal is to find the spoon from the cup of tea the captain drinking when the hurricane struck. This is my personal favorite dive; I’m sure they all will feel the same after. Sambamba has had an amazing three weeks together. We have a spectacular group of both staff and shipmates. I don’t want to see it end….
Posted: Sun, Jul 27, 2014
Day 19- Salt Island Day
Location: The Bight, Norman Island
Waking up at 5:45 in the morning wasn’t an easy task but it was worth it. We arrived at Salt Island before everyone else to dive the RMS Rhone wreck, both the Open Waters and the Advanced diving together. Setting our gear up in the wavy ocean was pretty difficult but when we got in the water and descended it was simply AWESOME! After that we had Changes shipmates aboard to do our IYT sailing theoretical tests which everybody was confident about. Then we went on a walk on Salt Island where there are gorgeous views in the hills. Right now we are sailing to the Bight, Norman Island to spend the night and tomorrow is race day, for which I think everybody is pretty anxious.
Posted: Sat, Jul 26, 2014
Day 18- Road Town
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today was another pancake day! After breakfast, the advanced divers left for a dive. For the Vegas, we had a final waterskiing day! It was a quick one too because soon we had to sail over to Road Town. On our way over I was on the helm for a part of our hour long sail.Once we got to the Road Town harbour we set our anchor and then took the dinghy to the dock. There we had a little over two hours to relax in town with friends. We walked around town for awhile, then went to a restaurant and got gelato afterwards. We all met up at the dock after and went back to our sailboat.Then we sailed back to Great Harbour, Peter Island where we were earlier in the day. Once we got back we were able to swim around and play in the water before dinner. For dinner we had breakfast! In addition to our wonderful meal, Mike, the director, came over for dinner. I’m so excited for tomorrow when we dive the Rhone!
Posted: Fri, Jul 25, 2014
Day 17- Race Day
Location: Great Harbor, Peter Island
Today is the day everyone puts their new skills to the test against the whole fleet. We started sailing first in the morning and went to where we began- West End. We were given our phones back and money to spend at port. I am glad I can be on land for a little because I feel I know the boat and every corner. Once people were done we could relax a bit before the race to Great Harbor, Peter Island. For Sambamba the hardest part was raising our mainsail. It took us 3 hours and 30 minutes to get from West End to Great Harbor. This trip to me doesn’t feel like a camp. A camp you stop and come back in 12 hours. ActionQuest is a non-stop, thrilling adventure. You’re always moving, either with the waves or against the current. Yes I am exhausted at the end of each day but that means I’m having the time of my life. Once I get home I will miss my boat, which I called home for 21 days; Sambamba.
Posted: Wed, Jul 23, 2014
Day 15- Conquering Mt. Sage: Another One For The Resume
Location: Sidney’s, Jost van Dyke
Today was most definitely the longest day at AQ. I woke up at 5:45 and went to Cane Garden Bay to hike the Mt. Sage ridge line and the mountain itself. It was worth it though because I had an amazing banana smoothie. After I got back to the ship we went to Sandy Cay and built sandcastles (we built Stonehenge). Then we went to Little Harbour for a beach BBQ and a reggae performance!