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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. 

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.