Location: Underway to Richard's Bay

To think it was 30 days ago that we departed Bali to begin crossing the Indian Ocean, and today we departed from Mauritius for the last leg of this voyage to South Africa. It is amazing how fast time passes in slow motion, which might sound quite crazy to the outside looking in, but when you are on Argo, you know exactly what I mean. So much has happened in those 30 days, and it feels like it was all just yesterday, yet at the same time, it seems like we have been together for so long and have had so many great experiences. This morning on Argo started like the others have while in Mauritius. Some students awoke to do laundry, others went on a morning run, and we had an amazing breakfast. Kris went bright and early to customs and immigration to work on clearing us out of the country while we hadOceanography class on board. After class, everyone grabbed their immersion suits, or Gumby suits, which we would don in the event of an emergency to practice putting them on. Of course, we couldn’t just have everyone put it on and be done with it; we had to have a relay race of sorts! It was quite hilarious seeing Everyone’s different techniques for getting in the suit and making sure they remembered to put on the hood before they put their arms in (that is the key!) I am proud to say watch team two won the relay race, but everyone successfully and in good time put on the suits and felt comfortable in the process, although extremely hot in them! Afterward, a group picture was a must, which was quickly followed by the Macarena being played and all of the students doing the dance on the chart house. Yes, we did get many funny looks, and even quite a few photos were taken of us! Once they were stowed, cabins were secure, and Argo was ready, we pulled off the dock in quite an impressive style as 30-meter cargo was in about a 32-meter dockage spot.

Talk about parallel parking! Once underway, we ate a quick lunch and followed it up with Marine Biology. By that time, the wind had picked up a bit after we got a couple of miles offshore, and we raised three sails. Watch team two take the deck first, with our first order of business sheeting out the sails and turning off the engine. Argo was back on the high seas, sailing and making over 8 knots. Although Mauritius was great, it was nice seeing it begin to disappear over the horizon with the simplicity of passage life coming back before us. Just think about what we will do in the next 30 days.