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Jan 28, 2010

Location: Underway to St. Helena in the Atlantic Ocean
Author: Ariana Tobias
My fourteenth day aboard Argo began with the 00:00-3:00 watch. Watch Team One informed us they had taken down the Fisherman sail, which accounted for the sudden, dramatic increase in rocking from side to side as we moved forward. “It’s amazing how much the Fisherman does for stability”; I thought I heard the watch team leader remark. A nap and some Dramamine later, the day progressed much like the previous days of passage, with lunch, class (Marine Biology and a seminar on scientific writing), showers, and dinner (delicious pesto pasta; try saying that five times fast!). Of note, however, was an impressive display of knowledge from Joe Spanier, who correctly named every single line on deck on his first try. I’m proud to announce that makes Joe the first member of the 100 Club on Argo Spring 2010! I tried my own luck later in the day, but I still have a few lines to learn. Before dinner, I asked if anyone had any cryptic codes they wanted to transmit to the folks at home saying all is well out at sea, so I’ll do my best to relay those messages here. (My own secret message can be found in the subject line.) One, four, three, The eagle has landed; No one but Robin Hood could have made that shot; Cement; I’m watching the stars and I miss you; kitten Speeboop! The day ended with the appearance of a huge tanker of some sort, who we radioed to ask to steer clear of a three-mile wide radius of us (some of us are still perfecting our helming skills, after all). I also learned that the well-known phrase “over and out” is actually bad radio etiquette, because “over” means you’re waiting for a reply, and “out” means you’re signing off. That’s just one example of how the teaching never ends here on Argo, and I’m excited to continue learning everything I can!