Ship Life - Atlantic Crossing

Posted on 30 November 2016 @ 7:09pm

Atlantic Crossing: Ship Life

As many of you know, the Gulden Leeuw has made it safely past the first of three trans-Atlantic crossings for the 2016/17 school year!  Class Afloat students were eager to set foot on the most breathtaking island of Brazil: Fernando de Noronha. This passage was incredibly busy, as students continued to work hard in both their academic studies and sail training.  Although these last two weeks were an unforgettable adventure for us all, filled with stress and excitement, there is no doubt that time off in Brazil is exactly what students, faculty and maritime crew needed.

Ship Life: Tenerife to Dakar

Posted on 17 November 2016 @ 2:45pm

Ship Life: Tenerife to Dakar

Ship Life: Tenerife to Dakar

The departure from Tenerife left many with heavy hearts and many more with tear stained t-shirts. It was quite a sight to see all of our parents, Megan (Class Afloat’s head of school) included, standing on the quayside wishing us goodbye and a fair voyage. We were, however, quickly torn from this sentimental lull and thrown back into everyone’s favorite part of sailing, pulling on “ropeys”. That being said, it was good to be back at sea. The port began to fade behind us and the winds blew strong at our backs, stealing us away from that beautiful island paradise. As sad as it was to leave the parent port behind, the adventure was still ahead of us and plenty more was to be seen, done, tasted, and explored.

Tenerife

Posted on 17 November 2016 @ 2:24pm

Tenerife

Tenerife: Full-Day Port Leave!

We woke up excited for a full day of exploring the island and everyone made sure to finish provisioning and cleaning stations as fast as possible.  As soon as we were finished some people got picked up by their parents and others went in groups of four together.  I made sure my parents got to the boat early so I could spend as much time with them as possible.

Tenerife

Posted on 7 November 2016 @ 7:02pm

Tenerife

TENERIFE

Our arrival on the beautiful island of Tenerife was one of the most unique arrivals we’ve experienced so far on our voyage. November 3rd, after a short three days at sea, we sailed into Santa Cruz de Tenerife, our first parent port of the year. What a contrast this island is to the dry weather of Agadir and the barren but beautiful Sahara desert! On deck, as we prepared to drop the sails for our grand arrival, we were able to contemplate the colourful houses resting on the side of towering mountains and the luscious green palm trees that decorate the landscape. After hearing the day before from our pre-port presentation about what this Spanish paradise has to offer, many of the students were ready to head to the beach from the moment they set eyes on the island. Although this view was an exciting one, what really made all of us jump for joy was the sight of the parents standing on the dock, blowing kisses from afar and greeting us with exaggerated waves.

Life on Board - Halloween

Posted on 5 November 2016 @ 6:36pm

Life on Board - Halloween

Life Back On-board: Halloween

 October 31st - the day we left behind Agadir, Morocco and started to make our way towards Tenerife and, most importantly, our parents. It started with some provisions being brought on board and organized in the depths of forward storage. Meanwhile, up on deck, last minute repairs were made and safety nets and lines were secured so that we were ready for the next few days at sea. This took most of the morning before we were ready to leave. We were set back an hour before the Moroccan officials cleared us to leave and we finally had a much awaited return to the ocean. We hadn’t been at sea since the nineteenth of September and everybody was positively beaming with joy to be back. We all missed life out on the ocean and it felt good to be back.

Sahara Desert

Posted on 31 October 2016 @ 5:07pm

Sahara Desert

Sahara Desert Adventures

 October 26th - the day had arrived, the day we would leave any sign of civilization behind and head right into the desert. Breakfast wasn’t until 10:00 so that meant that it was sleep-in day, which we all really needed. We loaded onto the bus for the millionth time and we were off to ride camels, or dromedaries if you want to be specific. Everyone was really exited. We had all heard how amazing the Sahara was but I don’t think anyone could describe how amazing it actually is. Half of us got on the dromedaries and half of us walked. Riding a dromedary was similar to riding a horse, only less stable. Some of us crossed our legs, which seemed to be a good idea until Lily fell off her dromedary because she lost her balance. Luckily she didn’t hurt herself.

Morocco

Posted on 31 October 2016 @ 4:51pm

Morocco

MORROCO PORT PROGRAMMING

As you may be aware, after many unforeseen changes the Class Afloat crew is now back onboard the Gulden Leeuw and eager to set sail for the Canary Islands! “Without the rocks the river would not sing.” Although these last couple weeks were a surprise and a shock to us all, met with both excitement and frustration, as we near the end of our unplanned adventure it is clear that we will continue to be thrilled by whatever incredible experience we meet along our journey. These changes have only given us the chance to become closer together not only as a crew but a Class Afloat family.

Marrakech

Posted on 26 October 2016 @ 1:53pm

Marrakech

Marrakech

A couple of days ago we left our home in Andalucía, Spain to start our next adventure - in Morocco!  We were all very excited to have a foot on a new continent: AFRICA! It was, for a bunch of us, our baptism into the African territory. Indeed, all students and faculty members were eager to experience its fascinating cultures and traditions, to discover its historical roots and, mostly, to get to know its people. Although our pre-established plan of travelling onboard our floating home for this branch of the voyage fell to pieces, we were able to cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry, thus arriving in Morocco five days ahead of the original schedule! Some of us were a little disappointed by that news, but, eh, if there’s a great thing that we could draw from our experiences this past month, it is that sometimes letting go of your expectations and stepping out of your comfort zone can lead you to delightful surprises and unforgettable memories. Besides, where is the excitement in travelling if you don't challenge yourself and have the occasional, spontaneous change of plans?

Road to Marrakech

Posted on 26 October 2016 @ 1:24pm

Road to Marrakech

Plan C: Let’s go to Marrakesh by bus!!

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Spain

Posted on 17 October 2016 @ 6:48pm

Spain

Several days ago we awoke to a majestic double rainbow all the way across the sky. We have gone canyoning, hiking, and have explored some of the cities of southern Spain such as Seville and La Ronda. La Ronda has a huge bridge in the middle of the place that connects the two parts of the town (they are separated by a cliff). It’s called the “Holy S**t Bridge” because when you walk over it you, it’s so beautiful that it makes you want to yell “Holy S**t”! While in La Ronda I went to McDonalds 3 times. In Seville we went to very nice dinner show and got to see some really impressive Spanish dancing. We are staying in a nice hostel in the mountains of southern Spain, and from the front door you can see for miles. Right in front of us each day is a landscape made up of mountains and tiny villages that are more than 4000 years old.