Location: Roseau, Dominica
After 18 days at sea and three days on land, it was time for the Argonauts to spend some time underwater once again. I had the pleasure of waking the crew up at 6:45 this morning so we could assemble dive kits and dinghy our way over to the dock at Dive Dominica. Once dive gear was assembled, we inhaled chocolate chip muffins and an abundance of tropical fruit. Our first dive was along the edges of a volcanic crater. After an hour surface interval, we descended back into the warm Caribbean water. Our second dive was at the Champagne Reef, where bubbles arise from volcanic venting. We saw lionfish, sea turtles, parrotfish, eels, sponges, and corals.
When we returned to Argo, lunch was waiting for us. Everyone was eager for more passion, fruit, mango, pineapple, and star fruit. Carolyn made banana bread with some of the bananas from our island tour. It was completely devoured in less than five minutes. Later in the afternoon, we divided ourselves into teams for our first student-led passage. On Monday, we will have a roughly 8-hour passage, and the boat will be entirely in the hands of the students. Colin will be our skipper, and we have a team of navigators, a team of engineers, and a deck team. The afternoon was full of planning, chart work, and crawling around in the engine room.
As of today, there are less than ten days left aboard Argo. All 27 of us will make the most out of this time, consume as much fruit as humanly possible (if you haven’t figured it out by now, we have an incredible quantity aboard), and study for finals. I’m going to miss waking up on the water, the absence of real showers, throwing leftover food overboard, and life underway. I’d like to use my last blog post to thank Watch Team Two, also known as Watch Team Yaaasssss, for making every watch shift on the crossing a strange, amazing, and hilarious experience. Everything is funny when you’re a little sleep deprived!
I’m really going to miss lifeboat life and all of the crew (except Trevor, see you back at UVM). I’m not sure adjusting back to real life or winter in New England will be easy. For now, I’ll do my best to eat as much tropical fruit as I possibly can, enjoy the sunshine, and being completely covered in salt water for the rest of the trip.
Your skipper of the day,