Location: Roseau, Dominica
Our passage from St. Lucia to Dominica completed our night passages aboard Argo. It was our first and last student-lead overnight passage and a wonderful way to send out our favorite 4 hours on, 8 hours off watch team schedule. Fair wind allowed us to sail much of the trip, and the crew’s high spirits made this night passage one to remember. Under the guidance of our student skipper, Dani, Argo safely made it Dominica on time and in one piece. Once at the mooring, it was our turn to show Argo our appreciation for being a wonderful home and getting us from St. Lucia to Dominica safely. A list of jobs was assigned, and each team of students began scrubbing soles, cleaning surfaces, and making sure that Argo was spotless for her time in Dominica and our next passage. Shipmates make the best of each task with music, jokes, and a handful of ways to make mundane tasks a fun way to spend an afternoon aboard Argo. Boat appreciation is just one of the many overlooked things that make our semester clean, enjoyable, and an unforgettable experience. Though these jobs are often Type II fun, they are a necessary aspect of this adventure that I’m sure each shipmate will not only learn from but also never forget.