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Boom Swing Bonanza

Feb 20, 2011


Location: Tobago Cays
Author: Tom Stratton
Today there was one thing that separated it from all other days: boom swing. After waking up to another day of perfect weather in paradise, we had a strenuous marine bio identification quiz of the fish we have been seeing throughout our trip. With the quiz out of the way the crew was ready to let off some steam, Argo-style. We created a rope swing out of the main sails boom that we could use to swing out over the water. To do this we lifted the boom to a 45 degree angle and ran a line up to the bow to keep the boom perpendicular to the boat, and then dangled a line from the end of the boom. After a few test pilots, everyone was soon taking a leap of faith off the pin rail and hurling themselves into endless fun. Soon peoples eyes of apprehension on the launch pad turned wonderment, and with that came back flips. After a few failed attempts, Captain Steve stepped up to show us how it was done. With the grace of a ballerina Captain Steve launched into a text book back flip earning the best ovation of the day from the on looking crew. Now that we had the seen a pro, Argo began to look more like a trapeze section of the circus than a sailboat. This continued on for hours and the only bad part was having to wait in line after you jumped. All good things must come to an end though and we had to return Argo to her ship shape condition for our short passage tomorrow. There is overwhelming consensus among the crew that this was one of the best days yet and one that will be surely remembered for a long time.