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Location: Underway to Bonaire

Hello friends and family!

The last 24 hours have been all of us on board Argo, adjusting to our watch teams and getting into a new rhythm on our first real passage. This is a first time sailing for some, a first time sailing at night for others, and new experiences all around. (including seasickness) The daylight hours of this morning started off in absolutely the best way possible. The watch teams were switching off, so most people were on deck to witness the pod of almost 25 dolphins surrounding the boat, leaping out of the water and racing to the bow to ride the pressure wave. They didn’t just make a short appearance but became air-born repeatedly in twos and three just out of arms reach. Dolphins against a stunning sunrise and surrounded by flocks of flying fish is truly a special sight. No set breakfast while underway, so we had some much-needed downtime before noon to study or catch up on sleep. Those on watch kept the sails nicely trimmed and our course towards Bonaire. Making lunch became the adventure of the day as cauliflower was scattered far and wide, and no less than four coffee cups were spilled in quick succession, much to the dismay of their owners. Yes, Father, I know I said I would try not to write about the food. But have you ever tried cooking on a slant? After lunch, we had our marine biology and leadership classes in the salon. These were a little bit of a struggle to get through because of the heat below deck, but Melina didn’t fall asleep again, and we all had a good time thanks to our teachers, Anna and Captain Tomer. Not 100% sure what happened after that as I spent the better part of an hour in the fo’csle bilge with a shop vac getting water out for the third time in two days. It’s all in a day! We then headed into another gorgeous sunset while listening to music and cleaning up. Walking on deck after dark while tethered to the deck makes you feel slightly like a dog, but that is better than going overboard. I owe this amazing experience to many people and would like to thank them once again. As this post is for the benefit of everyone following their own student, I will not name the list. But you know who you are, and I thank you from the bottom of m

-Penelope

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