Location: Underway to Villefranche
This morning, we ate our breakfast while watching the sunrise for the last time in Italy. After breakfast clean up, everyone was very motivated to knock out passage prep and get the anchor up to start our 22-hour voyage to Villefranche. We ended up leaving Porto Venere around 10:30 this morning and have been motor sailing ever since, which means we have to fly the cone of shame 🙁 Today, our head chef was Wednesday, who made us delicious chicken broccoli Alfredo for lunch, and she got to use not canned chicken, which was such a delight! After lunch, I got to spend some time at the helm and enjoy the view as the land disappeared from sight. Next, we had Oceanography and learned about some upcoming projects, followed by Seamanship, where we worked on memorizing our safety procedures. Momentarily after class ended, just as a bunch of us shut our eyes for a nap, the fire alarm went off. Don’t worry, just a drill, and we all got to practice fighting the imaginary fire in the ocean off our bow with the fire hose. As soon as that was over, we went back to our naps, homework, or watch. During dinner, we got another beautiful sunset with no land in sight, and then the stars came out. The stars are truly amazing out here. Now everyone is preparing themselves for night watches and is excited to see France tomorrow!