Discovery of a Dream!

Posted on 24 March 2017 @ 9:32pm

Today is the 17 of March, and we just dropped anchor in the bay of Ascension Island.

Class Afloat Students Set to Arrive at Ascension Island!

Posted on 17 March 2017 @ 4:07pm

"We know we live on a rock, but the poor people at Ascension live on a cinder." Mr. Dring, from the diary of Charles Darwin

Ship Life: Cape Town – St. Helena

Posted on 13 March 2017 @ 5:47pm

Cape Town to Saint Helena - what a trip!

Port Stay: Cape Town, South Africa

Posted on 24 February 2017 @ 3:12pm

After spending 34 days at sea, making our way across the Atlantic (again), we finally arrived in Cape Town on the morning of February 16th.

Sailing from Tristan da Cunha, UK to Cape Town, South Africa

Posted on 21 February 2017 @ 6:38pm

Our visit in Tristan da Cunha, however brief, was an experience I know none of us will ever forget.

Port Stay in Tristan Da Cuhna, UK

Posted on 21 February 2017 @ 6:14pm

This port had a very special feeling about it from the day we first saw land.

Exploring Tristan da Cunha: The World's Most Remote Island

Posted on 21 February 2017 @ 1:43pm

The morning of the 28th, we reported to the bridge deck for the 4 to 6 am watch, just in time to see the sunrise behind the mountains of Tristan da Cunha.

Sailing from Montevideo, Uruguay to Tristan Da Cuhna, UK

Posted on 17 February 2017 @ 2:52pm

Week 1 of Second Semester 

The first week back at sea has gone by very fast. We have new bunks, new watches, two new Supreme Leaders (i), a new student council, and a brand new maritime crew. The vibe on the Gulden Leeuw is fresh.


Posted on 20 December 2016 @ 6:46pm



Ship Life - Fernando de Noronha to Natal

Posted on 13 December 2016 @ 4:09pm

Ship Life: Fernando de Noronha to Natal

Just as it is on land, onboard the Gulden Leeuw some days go by quickly, while others seem as though they have lasted years. After our previous twelve-day voyage, this two-day passage from Fernando de Noronha to Natal has been a breeze. On departure day, after saying goodbye to the beloved archipelago that we thoroughly enjoyed, we sailed from anchor, with our engine turned off. While many of us were happy to have bathed in the beaming sun during our time spent on the island, the bright star betrayed many of us. Instead of the golden skin that many were hoping for, sunburns took over. As we heaved and hauled away at lines to set our sails, we no longer looked like a crew of sailing students, but instead, we resembled an impressive troupe of well-trained lobsters. “We are chasing the sun!” stated our engineer as we sailed away from the island, moving slowly towards a magnificent sunset, one complete with a gradient of orange, blue, pink and another infinite amount of ever-changing colours. Forget about that fairy tale ending where the heroes ride off into the sunset. On Class Afloat, we sail into it.