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the sea has begun to shape us

Oct 12, 2007

Location: Palma, Mallorca, Spain
Author: Matt
The seas did not cease to press Argo and her crew for what might have been their most challenging day yet. As we made way for the Spanish island of Mallorca, the seas began to intensify sometime in the morning hour. As I stuck my head out of the companion way for a fresh look on the new day I was greeted with a rushing wave of sea water. This made it apparent that we were in some high seas. Fifteen foot swells continued to grow and vanish with us in between them. The crew quickly began to don their foul weather gear as the swells continued to roll up and spray across the deck. Lunch was a challenge, but we all faced it with a smile. As we rounded Isla Dragonera the seas began to settle. Class took place as usual, and the watches resumed. As we neared our destination watch two was on deck to bring us to anchor. Just before dropping anchor the rain began to fall. All able hands were topside as sails were flaked and covers danced in the fresh water bath. The rain provided for anther dinner in the salon, which I believe the crew is becoming fond of. A chance to sit around together while enjoying a meal is a nice change. The day was an adventure and a challenge of elements and limits. The crew met their task with a well shaped attitude, for what is only a preparation of what our not so distant future may hold.