Viewing entries tagged with 'sailing'

Sailing the Gulden Leeuw

Posted on 11 December 2018 @ 1:20pm

Sailing the Gulden Leeuw

As we sailed out of Valencia and into the pale blue Mediterranean, I was preparing myself for a lengthy ten day sail. But time seems to pass a lot faster out at sea, where the constant activity of school and sailing keep you busy during the day, and night watch, despite only being two hours, seems to blur the separation between one day and the next. I’ve come to enjoy my time at sea, almost as much as time in port.

Life at Sea: Sometimes Smooth, Sometimes Not

Posted on 4 December 2018 @ 9:26pm

Life at Sea: Sometimes Smooth, Sometimes Not

The voyage from Madeira to Morocco was only 4 days but felt like an eternity. Shortly after departing Funchal, Madeira, everyone was refreshed and excited for the short sail to Morocco. Shortly after that, the mood changed. As soon as we cleared the islands’ shelter, we were hit by 25 knot winds (40+ km/h) and up to 6m swells. Just 30 minutes into the rough water, the excitement faded, and the breezeways were packed with sick and tired Floaties. A few of us, including myself, felt right at home in these tough conditions and before we knew it, we were doing 9 knots of speed with only 4 sails: the forstaysail, mainstaysail, inner jib, and lower topsail.

Tour the Gulden Leeuw during the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

Posted on 8 June 2017 @ 6:08pm

Tour the Gulden Leeuw during the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta

Join Class Afloat in celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, 40 tall ships and 3000 crew members from around the world will be stopping at 35 ports around Canada for the Rendez-vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

The Maritime Side of Things

Posted on 20 May 2017 @ 1:36pm

The Maritime Side of Things

I first heard about Class Afloat when I was 12 from a distant relative, Amy Russell. 

Class Afloat Discovers Ascension Island!

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 8:06pm

Class Afloat Discovers Ascension Island!

On the 17th of March, we cruised into view of the volcanic Ascension Island.

Who Knew Solubility Could be so Beautiful?

Posted on 30 March 2017 @ 7:16pm

Who Knew Solubility Could be so Beautiful?

Chemistry students enjoy a nice little lab out on the aft deck while anchored on the coast of Fernando de Noronha. Who knew solubility could be so beautiful?

Ship Life: Cape Town – St. Helena

Posted on 13 March 2017 @ 5:47pm

Ship Life: Cape Town – St. Helena

Cape Town to Saint Helena - what a trip!

Port Stay in Tristan Da Cuhna, UK

Posted on 21 February 2017 @ 6:14pm

Port Stay in Tristan Da Cuhna, UK

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

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

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.