Location: Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia

Today- our last day- is known as “Bye, Cry, Fly” day because of the sad farewells we say to each other before parting ways. However, before all the hugs and sniffles, we had a delicious breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls and blueberry muffins prepared by no different than the wonderful Jenna. She has been planning this for a few weeks, and she stayed up most of the night preparing. Not only were they delicious, but they gave us the sugar rush we needed to get through this morning. After breakfast and quick cleanup, we all trooped down into the salon to watch our semester video. All except David D. technically, because he caught a taxi at 5 am to get to the airport for his flight- bye David, we miss you already! The semester video was a compilation of photos from the semester, and it was so much fun to remember all of our fun activities from back at the beginning of the semester until now. What memories we have made! From the open water course to the boiling lake hike to diving in the Galapagos, passage life on our crossing, snorkeling with mantas, and raising sails throughout.

After the video, Peter, our next comrade, departed Argo. Slowly people started leaving to catch their taxis, ferries, flights, or get to their Airbnb accommodations. The last day with a student group is always tough. As a group, we have come together as a team and a family, and it is hard to say those goodbyes. We wish fair winds and following seas to all of our students! All of you are sailors, navigators, divers, and scientists, and we are so proud of how far you have come in just 90 days. You will be missed, but we know you are on to your next great adventures!

Pictured: Beautiful sunrise on our final morning together; the goofy names we assigned to each other and left in the “Argo yearbook” as part of our mark left on Argo.