Location: Underway to South Africa in the Indian Ocean

Today was our first full-day passage since leaving Mauritius. While all of us enjoyed land the past few days, it is nice to get out on the ocean and start sailing again. I think it has to do with the fact that we know there are going to be challenges ahead, and we feel we’re ready to take them on. Last night after dinner, Dan and the rest of the staff issued the students the challenge of raising all the sails without any staff direction whatsoever. If they had issued this challenge back at the beginning of the trip, it would have been an absolute disaster, but now we performed that challenge admirably. It’s nice being able to perform tasks asked of you without trouble. Everyone is starting to break out their snacks bought onshore for their new watch teams, so things should get interesting as we compare and trade. The new watch teams are working out great, and everyone is excited to be working with new people closer than before.