Location: The Atlantic Ocean
Today was by all accounts a second consecutive day of celebrations. Day 31 marked a full completion of the job wheel with everyone back to their original jobs assigned on day number 1 and also our first sighting of mainland Europe as we entered the Gulf of Cadiz. It’s amazing upon sighting land after a long crossing to take a step back and look how far we’ve come in those 31 days of adventure 3546 nautical miles, to be exact. But in retrospect, the tangible distance we have covered over the course of this past month bares nothing in comparison to the metaphorical journey we have undertaken as a crew of 29. There is always a huge sense of pride when you reach a point where the students can, for all intents and purposes, sail this boat on their own. Yes, a little guidance is still necessary, but for the most part, your sons and daughters, grandsons, and granddaughters have got this whole sailing thing down to a “T.”
The watch teams taking the deck this morning were soon greeted with a decent amount of white water spraying over the deck as the occasional wave struck Argo on the beam and gave the deck and the crew a large coat of saltwater. We’ve been cruising along at around 8 knots for much of the day weaving our way around the ever-increasing amount of large boat traffic the closer we get to the Straits of Gibraltar – a bottleneck of shipping traffic entering and exiting the western Mediterranean Sea.
Classes continued as normal after lunch; the swell and wind have decreased throughout the afternoon, leaving us with about another 12 hours of sailing until we reach an Anchorage off the Spanish coastal city of Cadiz.