Location: West End, Tortola

Today is the day we’ve been waiting for! The moment that we have thought about all through quarantine last summer, the chance to finally be back at Action Quest. Over the past few weeks, the crew of Shape Up has been hard at work getting ready for session one. Shape Up is now stuffed with food for the next few weeks, and our three crew couldn’t be more excited to greet our shipmates later today! We know this year has been difficult in different ways for everyone, and we hope that the next few weeks can be the well-deserved fun that everyone needs right about now. Days of sailing, diving, laughing until your stomach hurts, windsurfing, snorkeling, waterskiing, and jokes that won’t make sense to anyone outside of this vessel are just over the horizon, and we cannot wait. We hope to make Summer 2021 the cure to zoom-fatigue blues, isolation, and everything else we have faced over this past year, and we hope our shipmates are ready for the same. We are BEYOND ready to welcome you all to Shape Up in a few short hours.

Skipper – Shona

Shona is returning for her fifth summer with ActionQuest and is more excited than ever to return to her second family and the amazing waters of the British Virgin Islands. She graduated in 2013 with a degree in outdoor education and geography. Since then, she has worked in several locations across Europe, applying these skills to promote learning through experiential education. From a young age, she has had a love for the outdoor and all sports, whether that be sailing and kayaking in the summer or snowboarding and mountaineering in the winter. Her goal is to inspire and educate her students in a fun, safe learning environment. Shona holds certifications as an RYA Yachtmaster and Wilderness EMT.

Dive Instructor – Garrison

Garrison is from Chattanooga, TN, and has been loving the blue waters and sunshine of the BVI’s. He can’t wait to bring shipmates underwater for the first time and knows it’s going to be a blast. Having done his first dives on Seamester, he knows how unique learning to dive from a boat is and is excited to create that experience for others.

Mate – Allie

Allie grew up near Boston, MA, spending summers on Cape Cod, working as a counselor teaching sailing, swimming, and water sports for the past few summers. Never wanting to stray too far from the water, she found herself spending a semester of college on the Seamester voyage from South Africa to the Caribbean aboard Argo. Allie couldn’t have loved the experience more, so when she graduated from the University of Virginia this spring and her friends headed out to different cubicles around the country, she knew she wanted something different. This will be her first summer working at Action Quest, and she is so excited to provide an experience to her shipmates similar to the life-changing experience she had aboard Argo.