Location: Underway to Elba, 42*49.35'N 10*28.23'E
After an exhausting day yesterday, we all rallied for a full day of sailing. It’s only day eight, and our ability to ‘rally’ has already improved exponentially. The Italian coastline was so incredible that we seized the day and decided to do an impromptu photo shoot of the magnificent Argo. We raised all six sails for the first time, so Argo was looking at her best. We sailed past the towns we hiked yesterday as Matt’s space-age quad-copter took aerial shots of Argo and her crew. By about midday, we wrapped up and made way for Elba. It was about an eighteen-hour passage, so we broke up into our watch groups and started our three hours on, six hours off, watch schedule. During the first watch, there was not only great wind but some dolphin sightings. The wind only continued to pick up as the day went on before we knew it we were cruising at an average of seven knots. At that speed, Argo was making up for the time we spent on the photo shoot, but she was also rocking quite aggressively. With that came good old seasickness. About five of us were clipped onto the boat as we leaned over the side and emptied our stomachs. The fraise ‘boot and rally’ have become almost a mantra on Argo. Despite the handful of men down, we hustled on to Ebla. During passages, sleep is the name of the game. Whoever was off watch was getting as much sleep as possible, while the watch team on deck handled Argo. Our watch groups are slowly becoming well-oiled machines. With about eight of us on each watch team, we rotate between steering the helm, watching the bow, and continuously checking the boat. At about 3:15 am, we reached Elba. We quickly lowered the sails, anchored Argo, and ran to our beloved beds. Today was defiantly jam-packed, but we all handled it like champs.
Sincerely the skipper of the day, Kristian.
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