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British Virgin Islands - 2013, Session 3

Staff Update Day 1

Location: West End, Tortola

Hello from the British Virgin Islands!! Sam, Jake, and I are so excited to meet the new shipmates of "Love of My Life." We just finished the past two sessions and had a blast! We have spent the past few days working hard to make the boat clean, and all stocked up with fresh food and clean linens for their arrival today. Our shipmates are currently en route from across the world: Canada, England and all over the United States. We cannot wait to complete our 3rd and final lap around the BVI with our new friends who will quickly become our family.

We are looking forward to casting off our lines and set sail for our exciting 17 day adventure tomorrow.

Here is an introduction to the crew of Love Of My Life:

After graduating from Wake Forest University in 2004, Sam followed his passion for the water and travel, working as a Sailing and Scuba Diving instructor in Costa Rica, Thailand, and Belize. Sam joined AQ in 2007 and is now the director of the BVI Diving program. He holds certifications as an MCA Master of Yachts 200 Ton, PADI IDC Staff Instructor, and Advanced Medic at Sea. An avid traveler, he can be found seeking out new adventures abroad, from paragliding in the Alps to jungle trekking in Sumatra.

Blair is from Richmond, VA and grew up sailing in Wilmington, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008, having sailed with Sea|mester on S/Y Argo for her 2006 maiden voyage in Thailand. Since 2008, Blair has spent her summers with ActionQuest in the British Virgin Islands as a dive instructor and captain. She has also spent time living and working aboard privately owned yachts in the Bahamas and SE Asia, following her passion for travel and the ocean. Blair joined the company full time at the beginning of 2011 and works in the office as a PR and alumni relations coordinator. Blair's professional credentials include PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and IYT Master of Yachts 200 tons.

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, Jake started diving in the Great Lakes region at age 12. In 2006 Jake moved to Winter Park, FL to attend Rollins College, where he worked as a Divemaster and dive instructor and earned an A.B. in international relations. A previous shipmate in 2005 and 2006, Jake started working for ActionQuest in 2011.