Location: villefranche, France

Wow, what a day to have another birthday on board, Argo. We dropped anchor in Villefranche around 0730 and caught up on some studying and laundry before lunch. Xavi learned a valuable lesson about where not to leave his water bottle on deck as it mysteriously wound up high up the flag halyard… After back-to-back classes with Amanda and Anna, we all went out on deck for a swim before supper. The swim quickly escalated to a crazy bowsprit jumping session highlighted by Gordon’s backflip belly flop, Stich’s kitten pounce, Calum’s sailors dive, and everyone else’s attempts at a new belly flop dive combo (we are yet to find a proper name for it).

Caroline, Liam, and Xavi smashed it in the galley today as they concocted an amazing lunch and dinner; they even had cookies specially made for Stich’s birthday. We ate them as we all went around saying our favorite memories of Stich for our squeeze question.

Tomorrow, we are off for a shore excursion to an oceanographic museum in Monaco!

Signing off,


Another Happy Birthday to my little sister Ceci all the way back home in Massachusetts! I wish you could be here, Ceci! I miss the rest of the LaBarge’s and Sami P. as well!