Tenerife, Gran Canaria

Posted on 2 December 2014 @ 6:27pm

Tenerife, Gran Canaria

After a rocky start, the island of Tenerife proved to be worth the confusion over our berth. For our port program, we drove for an hour and a half to Playa Los Americanos to go surfing! Because of a forecasted storm, the port program was changed so that all students went surfing on the same day in two shifts rather than over two days as previously planned. There were high winds, but that didn’t stop people from having a great time. For the remaining days ashore, people enjoyed going to the world famous water park on the island, hiking in the mountains, riding the gondola up the volcano, going out to see the new Hunger Games movie, and most importantly, calling home for the last time before we set sail for 23-days across the Atlantic. In preparation for the crossing, a new stay-sail was put up in place of our schooner gaff sail. Now underway, all aboard are excited for South America and the fast approach of Christmas at sea.

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Posted on 25 November 2014 @ 2:19pm

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

After our parent port, we arrived in Madeira. It is one of the most amazing islands most of us have ever been to, mainly because of its astonishing beauty. What first caught our eyes were the beautiful cliffs and the landscapes of the island in general. We were greeted by the most amazing rainbow welcoming us to a new harbour full of adventures waiting for us. That breathtaking rainbow was by far not the only one we saw, which is why for some of us, Madeira will be called “Rainbow Island.”

Cádiz, Spain

Posted on 15 November 2014 @ 8:04pm

Cádiz, Spain

We were at anchor the night before our grand arrival. Following our deep clean on arrival morning, we prepared the ship to arrive at 10 am. After we arrived and hugged and kissed our parents, we introduced them to our friends. It was nice to get to know the parents of our best friends.

Ajaccio, Corsica

Posted on 1 November 2014 @ 10:11pm

Ajaccio, Corsica

Arriving in the beautiful, palm tree peppered, harbour of Ajaccio, a representative from the mayor’s office greeted us. They provided us with welcome information about the city and greatly appreciated candy. After the meet and greet with the representative and an excited muster, we were released upon the city to wander aimlessly, eat more then we should, and contact loved ones back home with stories of the latest sail. Our freedom carried through to the next day where we were free to indulge our fantasies of independence until the 11 o’clock p.m. curfew. For some of us, this day of freedom meant trying to bring a taste of home’s tradition to the ship in the form of carved gourds and egg carton ghosts. We also used this day to provide the friendly and curious locals with a chance to see our home; an “open ship” was conducted between 1 and 3 p.m. with tours being led by students.

Valletta, Malta

Posted on 25 October 2014 @ 2:39pm

Valletta, Malta

Malta was amazing! The walls that surrounded the city were the first thing that came into view as we sailed into Valetta. The tall sandstone walls towered over the water hiding the ancient stronghold. Valletta is surrounded by amazing beaches and breathtaking views of the island. It is the only city in the world that is still completely fortified.

Vigo, Spain

Posted on 7 October 2014 @ 2:32pm

Vigo, Spain

Vigo, Spain treated us well and we had lots of fun, but now everyone is looking forward to bonding and sailing over the next 14 days on our way to Malta! We have a credo meeting scheduled for this evening where we hope to decide on a slogan for our journey.