Location: 12 30.95'S 93 16.11'E
Passage life is back in full swing here on Argo. The swells are large, but our sea legs are well adjusted. We have set out on a passage that will take us 100 nautical miles further than we have gone thus far (~2,375 miles for this passage), a daunting task for sure but one that the now seasoned Argo crew is taking in full stride. Being on passage has a way of simultaneously complicating and enriching one’s life. Simply opening a door takes careful thought and planning. You’ll leave a bowl on the countertop in the galley and have to guess if it will still be there after the next roll. At the same time, those same swells that leave you sliding across the deck also rock you to sleep at night. The wind that blew your towel off the line also fills the sails that are carrying us steadily towards Mauritius. In fact, in the past 24 hours, Argo has sailed 193 nm, quite a feat for sure!
Passage life has a certain routine to it that makes for a nice break from the sometimes hectic days ashore. You know when your next watch will be, when your next shower will be, what classes you have that day (Oceanography and Leadership today). The regularity may seem boring to some, it certainly is a bit different from our usual waterfall hikes and epic dives, but it allows us to grow closer as a crew. On passage, we are centered and present. Argo, its inner workings, and everyone aboard become truly the only things in our immediate world. Having completed several long passages myself, both on Argo and elsewhere, I find that long passages can be some of the most trying yet most rewarding times aboard. In the end, it is the crew working together that will get us to our destination, and we can only come out on the other side, happy and full of pride, if we do so as a team.
This evening, after a delectable meal from chefs Maco Shark, Simon, and Mikaela, I asked one of my favorite squeeze questions: “what is your favorite sound on Argo?” It’s one that can only be answered after shipmates have spent some time onboard and gotten to know the ship. It always elicits some unique answers with similarly interesting explanations ranging from the sound of the anchor being dropped to the sound of the engine (both on and off) to the sound the waves make when we heel over. No doubt, we’ll hear some of those same sounds tonight and many times over the next two weeks. Tonight we’ll dream of the fish we almost caught today (see photos) and of the excellent days ahead.
P.S. Greetings, neglected family and friends! I apologize for the lack of internet on deserted islands and in the middle of the ocean. I’ll be home for the holidays, though, so see you all then!