BVI: Session 2 - Southern Accent
Posted: Mon, Jul 30, 2012
Calm Before The Storm
Today was quite an interesting day. We woke up in the Bight at Norman Island. We started the day with our final race. But mid race we were forced to cancel the race due to a squall. At first it was blue skies and sunshine, and then all of a sudden it began to pour. We safely made our way back to West End and began our boat appreciation. Entire boat cleanup. We made the best of it, leaving Southern Accent to sparkle. We had a rain storm interrupt our boat cleanup, but it only gave our deckies an easier job. After the boat was shimmering we went to port for lunch and last minute shopping. Then showers and a delicious meal at Pusser’s. We ended the night with a dock chat with Mike and he read us “Oh The Places You’ll Go.” A perfect way to end a perfect three weeks. It’s sad to leave all the friends from ActionQuest. No matter what happens, Southern Accent will always be family.
Staff Update Day 20
Location: West End, Tortola
This session has been a phenomenal experience for each student and staff member on board. We had had many new experiences, which come with both successes and failures, but we were all able to persevere and overcome the challenges that we had on the boat. Each of us takes something different from this trip, whether a sailing or diving certification, something new about themselves, or a skill like tying a bowline! We welcomed three new divers this session- Gabby, Nico, and Logan B. Jake, Hannah, Noemie, and Carlotta earned their advanced open water certification. A big congratulations is appropriate to them all, as well as the five that are now professional divers- Maddy, Leila, Logan K., Ryan, and Alex have all completed the divemaster course. The Vegas and Carinas also earned sailing certifications, we have all made new friends on our boat, and on others. Southern Accent has treated us well and made it possible to do all the amazing things over the past three weeks. We couldn’t have done it without the excitement of the shipmates and their willingness to learn and try new things.
Posted: Sat, Jul 28, 2012
Southern Accent woke up to the blaring sound of the morning CD, which is forever stuck in our heads. After a bowl of cereal we sailed over to Salt Island where the wreck of the Rhone awaited us. The DMs were put to the test because they had to lead their first dive sans instructor. The dive consisted of several swim throughs, and several sightings. Some divers were fortunate enough to spot a nurse shark and a rather large turtle. After exploring the 135 year old wreck, the Carinas and Vegas had time to prepare for their sailing theory exams. The DMs continued to lead dives as the Carina and Vegas walked up Salt Island with Monika to enjoy the 360 view of the BVI. Test hour fell upon us; last minute review ensued. After the test was done, Southern Accenters met up for a relaxing sail back to Peter Island. During dinner it was revealed that the DMs passed all their exams! Congratulations! We enjoyed a cup of teriyaki noodles with Nash and ended the day with a giant boat cleanup/dance party. Tomorrow the Carinas and Vegas will hopefully find out how they did. After a stressful day we gather together enjoying our final days.
Posted: Thu, Jul 26, 2012
Today was a pretty relaxing day. We all woke up a bit later than usual and made some delicious pancakes. After cleanup we really started the day. All the beginning sailors had their practical sailing exams. Those went really well! We then anchored and had lunch. At lunch olive oil was spilled, and Monika, the skin cancer police, attacked us all with sunscreen because we were rubbing the oil all over each other! The Divemasters then went on a dive and everyone else went to the beach to hang out with all the other boats. It was a lot of fun! Everyone came back to Southern Accent and we all got ready for dinner. We had a fab meal of franks and beans. Later we went to Lifeworks, which is always a blast. After that everyone was pretty tired and crashed, overall the day was great!
Posted: Wed, Jul 25, 2012
Peace and Love
For some, today was the most dreaded of all AQ days. Bright and early we were subjected to the infamous Mt. Sage hike. After eating breakfast on board in Cane Garden Bay, we were shuttled to the dock where we started our hike on roads that seemed to have vertical inclines. As painful as the hike was, we were able to enjoy some of the best views in the BVI at every break in the trees. At the top of Mt. Sage all of the AQers did a victory dance and treated themselves to some well deserved banana smoothies. After the excitement of summiting wore off, we all nearly broke our knees coming back down the mountain. Before returning to the boats we indulged in some cheeseburgers in paradise in Cane Garden Bay. After lunch we motored over to Sandy Cay, where each boat competed in a sand castle contest. Southern Accent built an octopus eating Nutella, our obsession, with me as the damsel in distress entangled in one of the tentacles. I’m still trying to wash the sand out of my hair. After wrapping things up on Sandy Cay, we headed over to Jost van Dyke, where we ended the day by eating some delicious Caribbean food and dancing to reggae music at Sydney’s Peace and Love. Day 16 better bring it, because Day 15 was hard to beat.