Location: Underway to Kumai

Day 6 of the voyage, and we are finally underway. Wake-up was promptly at 7:00, as it has been the past few days, with a breakfast of yogurt and fruit and fresh zucchini bread that Haley (head chef), Morella, and Maggie (sous chefs) made late last night. Needless to say, it was the highlight of the meal. Directly afterward, Kris instructed the first of the PSCT classes in which you can work your way towards getting your captain’s license. After a lot of technical sailing terminology and in-depth instructions, and a few hours later, we were finally pushing off the fueling dock. Man, it felt good to be out on the open water! But we weren’t clear just yet since customs still had to check our passports before we left on the first leg of our long journey. This took quite some time, but it went by quickly, with all of us in high hopes of setting out. The first real thrill was our on-deck shower: Saltwater all over and a freshwater rinse. Lunchtime came and went, and soon, it was time for our first real marine biography class, which we spent learning about classifications for animals. With class over, a few of us took up the first watch for the trip, which meant that we took turns skippering the boat. A delicious dinner at 6 per usual, then up to the deck again for the second watch. It’s been a packed day, but I know I speak for the whole crew when I say we’re happy to be out of port. We’ll make landfall in about five days’ time. Today officially marks the beginning of the trip of a lifetime, so wish us well.