Location: West End, Tortola
It has been a wild and wonderful 16 days onboard, Mary Morgan, and it’s hard to believe that our amazing adventure is about to come to an end. It is almost impossible to believe that just over two weeks ago, the 15 of us began our journey as complete strangers, as now we are all so close and connected. I have been working at ActionQuest for eight years, and I can truly say that this is one of the most close-knit groups I have seen. The laughter, joking, and support are similar to those in long-time friendships, and it is easy to see that all of us truly care for each other. As Tina put it so well during one of our squeeze questions, our boat is greater than the sum of its individual parts. Brandon always has such positive energy and also confounds us with his ability to sleep in almost any position. Kirsten shares great stories and always leads our gatherings on the trampoline. Allie has such great enthusiasm for our dives and also perfectly captures the emotions of our experience through her photography. Chandler is constantly entertaining us with his wit and quirky jokes, while Weston’s duck hunting stories will forever be remembered by everyone onboard. Rachel uses her theater background to slip into character and make everyone laugh with her wild voices and accents, as does JJ with his Russian alter ego and crazy games. Tyler is our lead sailor and has his hands on the helm whenever he gets a chance, taking us to all our wonderful destinations. Ryan and Ella are some of the nicest people I’ve met, and they’ve done a great job bringing everyone together and creating our family dynamic. Gray and Amy are the thrill-seekers on board, always looking for the next adventure, and reaching new heights jumping on our trampoline. Dan was our emotional leader, making everyone feel instantly comfortable from day 1, and though he left us a few days early, it is still a huge part of our boat. Overall, this group seems kismet to have embarked on this voyage together, all complementing each other perfectly and creating an unparalleled experience for themselves and for our three staff on board. As we end our last night on the water writing cards to each other, the sadness of knowing our journey has come to an end evaporates as we recall all of the great memories we created with each other and realize that well hold on to them forever. Dribble, Dribble, Scoop, Dunk. Mary Morgan out.