Location: Bali

Early mornings are pretty much an everyday thing aboard Argo because who wants to waste away a day on a sailboat? After a delicious meal of eggs, which by the way, don’t necessarily have to be refrigerated to stay good, we did a brief cleanup and started class. Today’s class was a little different than usual. Our marine biology class just happened to be on the deck, where we divided into two groups. Half of the group dissected squids, while the other half got to clean the filters on Argo until we switched. In the filters, we found barnacles, crabs, algae, and some weird water spiders that nobody had ever really seen before. During the squid dissection, we used the pen (an internalized shell) and ink in the squid to write our names. The class was exciting for both students, as well as locals walking down the dock, yearning to learn. They could have been just drooling over our 112-foot Marconi schooner, but who knows. By ten in the morning, we had left the dock and started our day of sailing around Benoa while practicing our drills. Soon after departing, we had all five sails up and were both mentally and physically prepared for our MOB (man overboard), fire, and abandon ship drills. Although they were new and unfamiliar to several of us, we did a really awesome job at working together quickly and efficiently as a team. The act of actually docking Argo back on the fuel dock made squid dissections look pathetic and boring to the dock watchers. A much larger boat that may or may not has been a cruise ship had not only been watching from the deck while the rest took to surrounding Argo while filming and taking pictures of us doing our everyday duties. Like honestly, we had an audience. With just over an hour of free time before dinner, we were able to help out with stuff on deck, tidy up our bunks, and finish some homework. A long and hard day calls for a solid meal, and I believe that everyone would agree that broiled chicken, mashed potatoes, and cream spinach were the perfect endings to a perfect day. The energy from our food babies aided us in conquering oceanography, where we learned about the properties of water and seawater and also began thinking about the major project that we would be completed over the course of our 90-day voyage. A few competitions regarding surface tension later, we completed our day. Tired and salty, we are all ready for a much-needed night’s sleep. Until tomorrow, Argo.