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Location: Motril, Spain

The day started early. Particularly for watch team two, who had watch starting at three-thirty in the morning. We brought Vela to dock in Motril with watch team three, who joined us at seven-thirty. After inflating various fenders and arranging many lines, we were parked. Sleep-deprived, we all crawled below deck. Some of the crew went back to bed while others stayed up to join in a group study session for the upcoming Oceanography exam. Garrett and the team whipped up pancakes for lunch with an assortment of toppings, including fruit and syrup. A highlight was a mysterious hat that was retrieved from the murky waters of the marina.

After lunch and clean-up, we had the quiz, which was followed by a documentary on coral reefs. Attitudes were high, although no one was very confident in their quiz success. The next class was seamanship, where our focus was knot tying. Everyone had a blast attempting several knot variations. We each had our own piece of rope and followed along to video tutorials. The next hour was spent napping, doing laundry, talking, or frantically typing research papers (which are due in a couple of days). We had pasta for dinner with veggies. Then we all joined hands for the squeeze. Each person was required to pay their neighbor a compliment. You could feel the loving energy. Everyone spoke kind and profound words about their peers. It was a beautiful day on Vela.

Photo 1 dishy pit with Emerson, Dani, Emma, Liz, Grace, Henry, Joe, and Jamie
Photo 2 Today’s deckies Capt Freddie and James
Photo 3 Galley crew Tyler, Sav, Garrett, Dylan, and Clara
Photo 4 Kendra and I playing with cards and fire jk
Photo 5 The port of Motril

Feeling grateful, Arden
Sending love to the fam <3

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