5 Reasons to Spend Your Gap Year at Sea

Posted on 4 March 2019 @ 8:39pm

5 Reasons to Spend Your Gap Year at Sea

For students contemplating a gap year following high school, spring is the time to buckle down and research which organization or program may be the right fit. For those still on the fence when it comes to postponing postsecondary enrolment, we encourage you to read this piece explaining why even Harvard thinks a gap year, is a good thing. Warning: it may swing the pendulum pretty heavily in favour of a year on.

Class Afloat Instagram Top Ten: Cuba, Bermuda and everything in between!

Posted on 1 March 2019 @ 7:42pm

Class Afloat Instagram Top Ten: Cuba, Bermuda and everything in between!

CLASS AFLOAT TOP TEN

Selection criteria: Photos must be taken by a Class Afloat student and must have been posted on Instagram (not necessarily taken) during the month for which they are to be considered for Top Ten. 

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil to Paramaribo, Suriname

Posted on 4 February 2019 @ 8:00pm

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil to Paramaribo, Suriname

We left Fernando well rested. Everyone would have like to have stayed a little longer but before long we heaved up the anchor, set the sails and continued on our journey. Onwards to Suriname!

Port Stay in Suriname

Posted on 4 February 2019 @ 7:42pm

Port Stay in Suriname

After a long sail of 14 days, we finally arrived in Suriname, a beautiful country in South America. I did not really know what to expect from there. I had never even heard of that country, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Early in the morning, we left the Gulden Leeuw in buses with guides telling us facts about the country. After around two hours of driving, we arrived at a river and embarked on boats that looked like big canoes and that had a motor to navigate to the place we were going to stay to for two nights and three days.

Class Afloat Instagram Top Ten: End of Semester One, Start of Semester Two!

Posted on 30 January 2019 @ 4:53pm

Class Afloat Instagram Top Ten: End of Semester One, Start of Semester Two!

CLASS AFLOAT TOP TEN

Selection criteria: Photos must be taken by a Class Afloat student and must have been posted on Instagram (not necessarily taken) during the month for which they are to be considered for Top Ten. 

Parent Port in La Palma, Canary Islands

Posted on 8 January 2019 @ 1:42pm

Parent Port in La Palma, Canary Islands

After a marvellous stay in Morocco, we were all excited to see our parents. We had a short four-day sail from Morocco to La Palma that was quite enjoyable. The sail consisted of calm weather and smooth seas with a sense of hope and excitement on board. There is often a slightly negative aroma around going back to sea, however everybody was content with our long stay in Morocco and our upcoming sail to The Canary Islands. We were prepared to sail in, scraping the clouds at the top of the mast, flailing our arms, in hopes of recognizing our parents.

Diving in Fernando De Noronha with Class Afloat

Posted on 7 January 2019 @ 6:35pm

Diving in Fernando De Noronha with Class Afloat

It was a calm, clear day as the spike of Fernando De Noronha broke the monotonous blue horizon of the past 14 days and marked the end of our first Atlantic crossing. We sailed into the main harbour of Fernando on December 13th, anchoring a few hundred feet from the Fryderyk Chopin, a tall ship that was once used by Class Afloat, and now hosts a polish Sail Training program similar to our own. To the left of the ship, several smaller islands extended in a chain off the end of Fernando’s main island.

Class Afloat Instagram Top Ten: Equator Crossings, Dakar and More!

Posted on 18 December 2018 @ 5:37pm

Class Afloat Instagram Top Ten: Equator Crossings, Dakar and More!

CLASS AFLOAT TOP TEN

Selection criteria: Photos must be taken by a Class Afloat student and must have been posted on Instagram (not necessarily taken) during the month for which they are to be considered for Top Ten. 

Dancing in Dakar

Posted on 12 December 2018 @ 6:59pm

Dancing in Dakar

Arriving to Senegal was very exciting for everyone since we had the port presentation in La Palma, excitement had started to build up. It was very shocking the first time we went out of the boat: the area we were in was very different from what we are used to seeing in other, more developed ports. The streets where all full of sand and everything seemed to be under construction. Anyhow, our snack bags were full since the first day on land, as per usual.

Dakar, Senegal: Not Just Another Port

Posted on 12 December 2018 @ 5:15pm

Dakar, Senegal: Not Just Another Port

As our time in Dakar has come to an end and we prepare for our first Atlantic crossing to Fernando De Noronha we are all excited but sad to be leaving such an interesting port. We were able to spend five full days exploring a city that many of us never had visited before. This port was extra special because we got a more local perspective of the city, since a lot of our port program was shared with the students from the LCB school. On our first day with them, we got to visit their school and we had conversations about the similarities and differences between our two cultures. They were able to come aboard the boat and we got to show them around our home.