Location: Mallorca, Spain

Day 26 began differently. Being the skipper of the day, my first task was to wake up the rest of the crew (except the chefs) to get them ready for breakfast and the rest of a busy day, as usual. It’s a moment when you get dirty looks, completely ignored, and some shade. It’s completely understandable; I mean, waking up at 7:00 can be tough for most, but hey, we are sailors now. But this time, someone else did the job for me: The fire alarm. Completely unexpected, at approximately 6:40 am, everyone was woken by the annoying beeping sound in the blink of an eye. In an orderly fashion, we grabbed our PFDs (personal floating devices) and rushed on deck, only to find out that it was the chefs that caused the false alarm. They were cooking sausage on the grill, producing enough smoke to set the alarm off. People’s faces showed complete devastation; those extra 20 minutes are indeed very valuable. I was the only one smiling… my job was done.

The sun arose with no clouds to block its majestic shine, showing signs of a great day ahead. For many, today was the day they would finally complete their Open Water Course from PADI. A great accomplishment after hours of studying, fighting through exams, and diving in cold Mediterranean waters. For the rest of the crew who weren’t diving, they were given the privilege of free time on board to catch up on sleep, studies, or even go for a swim. Kevin, the captain of the vessel, a couple of crew members, and I decided to use our free time to go for a swim to the rocks ahead and hopefully find a spot to cliff-jump. Although we could find a safe jumping spot, we swam through some rocks and underwater openings that kept us entertained for a while. The presence of some jellyfish made us abandon the swim and head back to the vessel. Some even got stung (one on its lip, Mason, the other in many parts of its body, Townes).

After having a tasty lunch, we began to put away all the dive gear and get ready to change our location of anchorage. Kevin had received information from the weather forecast that winds would shift to the south. To avoid dragging, he made the call to go to the north of the island of Mallorca to a town called Solier, just five hours away, for protection and a safe anchorage. We got to appreciate much of the beautiful Spanish island coastline before the sun went down. The only thing missing for today is our Marine Biology class. It has been yet another great day on Argo. I couldn’t ask for more.