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British Virgin Islands - 2016, Session 1

Staff Update Day 1

Location: West End, Tortola

Welcome to Lady Aubrey! The staff have been spending the last couple weeks preparing for this day and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our eleven shipmates. We have stocked the boat with dry food, fresh food, PADI open water diving manuals, IYT sailing books, waterski gear, medical supplies, cleaning supplies and everything else necessary to run an awesome trip- now we just need the crew! Our shipmates are from North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, England, Alaska, Colorado, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee, and are all part of the Vega (intro to sailing and diving) program. We cant wait to go on our first sail and snorkel tomorrow, and for all the adventures to come! For additional updates during the trip, follow ActionQuest on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat!
Here is an introduction to the crew of Lady Aubrey:>
Shannon- skipper
Shannon grew up in England by the sea in the home of the Cornish pasty. She started sailing on an old round the world racing yacht whilst at university and has since gained her RYA Yachtmaster Offshore qualification. Studying for her Marine Geography degree helped her learn a lot about the ocean environment, and she enjoys being involved in different conservation efforts. Shannon's previous jobs include hydrographic surveyor (charting the seabed) and high ropes instructor (swinging around monkey style in trees). Since finishing university Shannon has been sailing in the UK, Australia, and most recently working on yachts in the Caribbean & Bermuda.
Spencer: dive instructor/EMT
Spencer is a dive instructor from Philadelphia, PA. He goes to school in sunny St. Petersburg, FL. In addition to being an instructor, Spencer will also be working as an EMT and photographer. When not diving throughout Florida, Spencer typically spends his time attempting to do an insurmountable amount of homework. Although he went to college intending to studying marine science, Spencer is currently studying Political Science in the hopes of going to law school.
Anna: mate/EMT
Anna grew up in landlocked Western Massachusetts and discovered her love for the sea when she became an ActionQuest shipmate at age 16. After two summers as a shipmate and a year of high school onboard S/Y Ocean Star, she joined the ActionQuest staff in 2000. Anna graduated in 2004 from the University of Vermont with degrees in psychology and sociology and spent four years volunteering as an EMT on a local ambulance. During the year Anna lives in Washington, DC and spends her free time volunteering with a local dog rescue organization.