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Location: BVI

We woke-up at 7:00 or 7:10 for those who tried to get some extra sleep, and had a breakfast of eggs and watermelon. From breakfast we all split up in to three groups and learned about the function and the contents of all the areas on the Argo. We learned about the kitchen and where all the food is stored from Brittanyin the saloon. In the chart-house Chris taught us how to plot, and navigatethe ship and how to check theengine. Lastly we learned about all the things on the deck of Argo. Ben showed us where all the lines are stored, how tosteerthe helm, how to operate thepropanetanks, and how to open up all the hatches. After we learned all about Argo, everyone jumped into the ocean to escape the heat of the day. Once everyone wasrefreshed we made ourselves sandwiches for lunch. After everyone finished theirsandwiches it was time for the very anticipatedassignmentof watch teams. The watch team groupsdeterminedwhat task one would beperforming in the case of an emergency like a fire, man overboard, and abandoning the ship. We walked through all of that tasks that each group and person must do. I found out that fire hoses areextremelyfun, but a bit of a pain to put away. After each watch team reviewed their duties, everyonechippedin to prepare the boat fortomorrow’spassage to Virgin Gorda. I also had to check to make sure everything was ready for tomorrow, which included me going down and working in the engine room. Among other things, I checked the oil, hydraulic fluid, and the generators. Afteranotherrelaxing period we had delicious pork-chops with salad and stir-friedvegetables for dinner after our nightly “squeeze”. We finally wound down the day with an introduction to our Basic Seamanship class, otherwise known as MTE, and our Introduction to Oceanography class.