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Location: Funchal, Madeira

We are currently en route to Tenerife in the Islas Canarias, which will be our last stop before attempting to cross the Atlantic (I’m sure we’ll make it, but just in case, I feel “attempt” is the best choice). The most notable part of today was our nav-master practice in our seamanship class. After hours of study, we can now proudly say that we could probably find our location on a chart. Provided, of course, that we were given three easily identifiable points of reference, an exact heading for each point, and we weren’t currently moving. Nonetheless, everyone had fun learning the basics of chart-work, and we all look forward to improving our abilities. Maybe we will even be able to find where we are on a chart while we’re moving someday!

Having spent yesterday sprinting around Machico in Madeira, the moments of rest we had today were greatly appreciated. There were a few things that needed to be done onshore today, so we were able to have some downtime. While some of us took this time to get a quick nap in, others took the opportunity to laze around or perhaps grab a quick rest in the sun. Needless to say, any time we can catch up some rest, we make sure to capitalize on it.

Henry and Jamie took a little time out of their day to graciously give a pufferfish the experience of a lifetime. Being pulled from the water and shown what life is like on land for a little bit. I am pretty sure the fish was returned, now with a story that will likely get him cast out of fish society for spreading lies, even if it is truly only him who knows the truth.

During dinner, we had a discussion on how everyone plans to survive the coming zombie apocalypse. While I was fully excepting of the fact that due to my food allergy and asthma, it is unlikely that I would last long, others seemed to have planned further ahead. I encourage all of you playing along at home to also think of how you would survive said event. You never know when it may come in handy.

Joe

Photos:
1: Grace working on charts
2: Jack and Dani pretend to work on charts to make the photo look more interesting
3: Henry posing with the catch of the day
4: Grace pretending to sleep because I didn’t want to take pictures of people when they were actually asleep. However, I still wanted the visual aid to go along with the section of this blog that discussed people napping.
5: Arden
P.S. Arden wanted me to let her mom and dad know that she loves them.

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