Location: West End, Tortola

Here we are, back in west end, and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. We just finished our final boat clean up and are now relaxing and soaking up our last few moments together aboard Grins! Currently, Hayden and Doria are sitting at the table sharing a full gallon of cookies and cream ice cream- pretty impressive. Both have been so awesome for the overall mood of the boat, as they are so resiliently positive and upbeat all the time. Clara, our skipper of the day, did a great job directing the cleanup of the boat. It will feel weird tomorrow night not enjoying one of her yummy desserts. Sera is definitely the dessert sidekick, and the two are inseparable. Sera filled in yesterday as skipper for Syd (as Syd had already had a chance to drive) and she did a great job under pressure in a tight anchorage. Her kind smile and willingness to help will definitely be missed by all. Jake is currently sitting on the other side of the table listening to music. He champed the dish cleanup today, and his jokes and sense of humor have kept the boat atmosphere light and enjoyable. Hopefully he won’t have to touch the jib anymore tonight! Speaking of touching the jib, Charlie has just walked back carrying some snacks from the market. He has promised us all a final concert tonight, and I know our boat (and the rest of the ActionQuest fleet) are looking forward to another rendition of Dream On. That was so cool. Boone is deep in a book that he just bought about boats. He has 100% been our resident boat expert, and Torin and I will definitely miss having such a curious and competent mate on board. Sydney (Syd the Kid!) is definitely another name that comes to mind when thinking about good sailors. She has been so willing to learn everything about the boat, and her desire to help out has been a real pleasure. Also, her backflip skills have gone from non-existent to pretty incredible. Laura just got back from shopping with Julia. Laura just made a joke that I didn’t hear, but judging from her great sense of humor I’m guessing it was pretty funny. In addition to being the boat expert on Pixar and Harry Potter, she has also kept the mood very light and enjoyable. Julia has been doing great in her second language and is another great hand both on board and at projects. Her calming personality and huge heart makes her such an incredibly positive force for our boat. Hailing from the same continent, Emma is our resident Brit and brings some awesome perspective to our crew. She leaves every project covered in paint, dirt or whatever medium we were working with, proof of her willingness and desire to put 100% of herself into projects which the staff is continually impressed with.

Claire andGriffin are hanging out on the end of the dock with some other ActionQuest and Lifeworks shipmates. Claire has been a strong leader on the boat, helping take charge wherever needed. Although she is one of our younger shipmates, she has risen to a leadership role many times which is great to see. Lastly, Griffin. Griffin is far and away the grinniest Grins shipmate, and everyone will miss her positivity and happy demeanor. She has rallied our boat mood time and time again, and even had a secret handshake with Torin that could wow anyone. Thinking that everyone is leaving tomorrow is very sad, because the boat has come together to accomplish so much In such a short period of time. It is not a crew I will soon forget, and can’t wait to see what they accomplish later in their lives. Parents reading this, you all raised some great kids! Feeling nostalgic just rereading this so I’m headed back out to do one final squeeze question with my team. Standing by 72, skipper Matt (Dark).