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British Virgin Islands - 2021, Session 2

Welcome to Lascaris

Location: West End, Tortola

The crew of Lascaris has been hard at work over the past few weeks prepping for the start of session one. A lot of hard work, sweat, laughter, and planning has gone into getting ready for our shipmates. The boat is fully stocked with food, fuel, water, diving books, and sailing equipment. We have shipmates arriving from all over, and we are so excited to meet everyone! During our next 21 days, we are going to explore the islands of the British Virgin Islands while doing some amazing sailing and diving to work towards certifications. After the quick speed bump that was COVID-19, ActionQuest is back, and the crew of Lascaris could not be more excited to kick off the summer with diving, sailing, and of course, loads of fun! We can not wait to see everyone grow and become more confident in their skills!

Here is an introduction of the crew on Lascaris :

Skipper : Margaux d’Arbeloff
Margaux was born and raised in Belmont, MA, a small town located outside of Boston. She attended ActionQuest in 2015, 2016, and 2017 as a shipmate, then returned in 2018 and 2019, working as a mate on the Vega programs as well as the Minerva programs. During the school year, she attends the University of Miami and is working towards a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology. In addition, she helps run her school's scuba club. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Australia, then ended up taking fall 2020 off of college (due to covid) and went on Sea|Mester’s transatlantic voyage aboard SY Argo and obtained her IYT Master of Yachts 200 Ton Limited theory portion. She started sailing at a young age with her parents, bareboating around the British Virgin Islands and also sailing on a small lake in southern New Hampshire. When she is not scuba diving or sailing, she enjoys playing lacrosse, basketball, hiking, and skiing.

Dive Instructor: Justin Hong
Justin is a new AQ PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor who has years of experience divemastering around the world. From the tropical blue waters of Thailand to the cold majestic emerald green seas of Canada, Justin loves everything about the ocean. When not on a boat, you can catch Justin riding around town on his motorcycle. Previously Justin was road-tripping the Pan-American highway with his trusty Enfield motorcycle. He began his journey from his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, riding the great highways of the West Coast United States, across the cacti laden deserts of Mexico, through the volcanic ash covered mountains of Guatemala, and eventually ended up in the tropical islands of Honduras before hopping onto the AQ team! Justin is looking forward to sharing his passion for adventure and hopes to use his experiences to inspire people to realize their full potential, whether it’s on land or under the ocean!

Mate: Emma Lingberg
Emma grew up 3 hours from the nearest ocean in Maryland, but to her, it was always worth the drive! She now studies Marine Affairs and Sustainable Business at the University of Miami, where she joined the scuba club and learned to dive. She has been lucky enough to sail from South Africa to the Caribbean on both S/Y Argo and S/Y Vela and can’t wait to share her love for sailing and the water with others. She also has her IYT Master of Yachts 200 Ton Limited theory. If you don’t find her on a boat, you’ll probably see her being towed behind it on a wakeboard!