Location: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
We looked at some plankton under a microscope this morning.
On a quest to gather tiny sea creatures for our lab, we hopped into the dinghy and set out like the marine biologists and oceanographers we are. While on this scientific exploration, we learned how to drive the dinghy. Some of us mastered the art of the throttle sooner than others. I think it is safe to assume I will be attending remedial dinghy driving school based on the screams of those aboard and those watching safely from Argo.
After our lab, we began passage prep. Not long after raising the anchor, the engine was off, five sails were raised, and we were underway to Palma. Because the passage was just a few short hours, we were not formally on our watch teams. This gave some of the crew time below deck to finish writing their essays on how to combat the detrimental impact of lionfish in the Caribbean. The handful of us who had finished our essays got to hang on deck, enjoy the seas, and help tack.
Dinner was ready as we neared the location of our next anchorage. Head chef Tina did not disappoint us with some delicious hamburgers and homemade biscuits. While I truly enjoyed dinner, I can’t help but wonder what it would taste like to eat a lionfish. Word on the street and in academic journals is that they are pretty tasty.
When we finally dropped anchor, it was time for one last class of the day. But before we could jump back into academic mode, the crew had a sing-along in the saloon to some classic hits, like Rusted Root’s: “Send Me On My Way.” We came to the general consensus this is one of the greatest songs of all time, and there is no way Rusted Root is a one-hit-wonder. Then we held a student-led leadership forum. All 21 students brought meaningful contributions to the discussion. Nights like this make me realize how grateful I am to share a 112ft schooner with these amazing people.
At the end of day 26, the crew headed to their bunks, well-fed and eager for adventures to come.
Until I’m skipper again (in another 26 days),
P.S. I can’t believe I forgot to mention we saw an Orca breach! This was such a rare sight for the Mediterranean, and we couldn’t contain our excitement… Until the orca pirated Argo and took control of the helm. He is our captain now. We are curious and also nervous to see what will ensue with this new regime change. More to come soon, stay tuned!