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How Sails Affect Me

Posted on 17 May 2019 @ 3:30pm

How Sails Affect Me

On Class Afloat, sails range from three to eighteen days. However, the time you have throughout the sails depict the feeling of the length. There were times when a crossing flew by as fast as a hummingbird’s wings, and then there were times when a five day sail felt like land was never going to approach, and the thought of quayside seemed so foreign. There are many factors that contribute to how a sail affects me emotionally, and physically.  

Homestays in the Beautiful Dominican Republic

Posted on 3 April 2019 @ 6:34pm

Homestays in the Beautiful Dominican Republic

We had a beautiful sail from Dominica to the Dominican Republic. We sailed into the Dominican Republic on a beautiful calm morning and were welcomed by dozens of Humpback Whales! It was a truly amazing sight and we very happily ran from class hearing the excited calls of “Whale”. It was a truly breath taking sight and a perfect way to begin our stay in the Dominican Republic.

Nothing like the Bowsprit

Posted on 3 April 2019 @ 6:15pm

Nothing like the Bowsprit

Class Afloat provides students with various opportunities and tools to experience the ocean first-hand and as up close and personal as possible. Climbing aloft and venturing out into the bowsprit to work with sails and to do maintenance, as well as relaxing during our free time are some of the amazing ways we get to experience the wonders of the ocean. Although somewhat daunting at first, many students love the feeling of being suspended above the water or standing 40m above deck looking out at the never-ending blue. Some of our crew prefer being up aloft, but for others, the bowsprit is the perfect spot. 

Sailing from Cuba to Bermuda with Class Afloat: A Life Changing Experience

Posted on 3 April 2019 @ 6:03pm

Sailing from Cuba to Bermuda with Class Afloat: A Life Changing Experience

We departed from Cuba with a beautiful sunset of different tones of pink and yellow. We could still see the shape of the city of Havana getting smaller and smaller as we initiated our last sail before the crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean. Ten days can seem to take forever when you have class every day, but we were all very excited to discover if the mystery about the Bermuda triangle was just a myth or not.

Experiences of a Lifetime with Class Afloat

Posted on 3 April 2019 @ 5:52pm

Experiences of a Lifetime with Class Afloat

After spending a wonderful time in the Dominican Republic, staying with different families and doing community work such as painting houses and building a playground, we set off on an eight-day sail towards Havana. Before leaving Dominican Republic, many students did some last shopping for snacks such as chocolate and granola bars to fill up our snack bags (all students have our own snack bag, where we keep our personal snacks) for the sail.

The Beauties of Dominica

Posted on 3 April 2019 @ 5:01pm

The Beauties of Dominica

Once more, my adventure is full of paradise. The last port we visited was Dominica. Even after being hit by hurricane Maria, Dominica is still one of the most beautiful places in the world. I only spent 3 days on the island and I feel that I did a lot during this time because there was so much to do there. 

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. 

Surprise port!

Posted on 19 October 2018 @ 2:06pm

Surprise port!

After a great first port of Porto, there were lots of emotions coming back onto the boat. Many people were excited to get sailing to our next port but most were sad to be leaving Porto. The first day back on the boat we started right back into our typical schedule with a full day of classes and watch. After having so much free time in Porto, it was a little hard to adjust to getting back into the schedule.

Porto to Palma de Mallorca: Settling into Change

Posted on 17 October 2018 @ 5:59pm

Porto to Palma de Mallorca: Settling into Change

       After our first voyage and a jaw dropping stay in Porto we are all finally settling into a routine. I find myself often referring to the ship as “home” and that is truly what it is. In these few short weeks we have spent on board, I have learnt so much about life at sea and how important it is to look after yourself, your shipmates, and your ship. We all work together to ensure everybody is safe and happy. As I spend more and more time enjoying the sea, and less time feeding the fish with my vomit, I have gained a great appreciation and respect for the sea. The isolation is something I have grown to love but it is always an amazing feeling to call home once you have service.