Location: West End, Tortola

Shona, Ben and Andy and the crew of Le Bella Vita are finishing session 2 full of adventure and new friendships. We’ve had quite the journey bringing our home and newly formed family around the beautiful island here getting certified in basic and advanced sailing, VHF radio, advanced diving, boat diving, coral reef conservation, and fish ID. It’s been a jam packed schedule full of learning how to live together laugh together and grow together. As we finish up here I think we would all agree that we walk away with 14 new friends. Ross has kept the boat entertained with his quick humor and awesome music choices all while gaining a strong knowledge of sailing. Trevor came to AQ with a lot of experience in sailing and he continued to grow on the bigger boats whilst guiding the other shipmates and taking the helm as much as he could, Jules is a big presence in both statue and personally brought the group together with his family orientated mindset. Colin is a returner to AQ and he definitely jumped straight back into it, he came as an advanced diver already so he spent his time leading his own dives with Ashley, another advanced diver, exploring the dive sites we have here, They both became stronger sailors too, learning how to navigate using the compass heading and also leading a crew on board in man over boards drills and sailing circles.Thomas grew and grew and became a confident sailor throughout our 3 weeks here. He was liked by everyone onboard and has really shown by how much people look to him for the group. Lucas was our Spanish companion! He brought the Spanish flavor in his cooking and excitement for life, especially in his skills in the water mastering wakeboarding and waterskiing. Nathaniel always gave 100 percent in everything he did on board and he truly shined on race day when he took the helm for the 2-hour race up the Drake channel to bring a La Bella Vita victory. Quincey has so much energy for life and is a natural on the water, becoming an advanced sailor and an advanced diver all while bringing a fun and friendly atmosphere on board. Nicole is another advanced diver, but she added certifications in boat diver and fish ID and also gained knowledge in sailing where she really started to shine. Our true representative from Canada! Bella and Phoebe came as best friends and bring such a fun and warm energy to life on board. They have big bubbly characters and together brought the crew home as a family while gaining a lot of certifications on offer. I think we can all sit back, breathe and reflect on a beautiful journey. We’re sad to see our family go but we’re all happy that we came together to share these beautiful moments. We hope to see you all next year. date: Jul 28, 2017