Location: Sardegna, Italy

For watch team one and me, the day started early with a wake-up at 3:30 am. The seven of us climbed half-awake up on deck to see a sky full of stars and a steady breeze in our sails. Thankfully we had a nice calm watch, no bashing around by waves, and no one got seasick. Using the light from the rising sun and the expertise of Dan and Tim, we were able to trim all the sails. It was a slow-going process at first since we are all still getting used to the concepts of wind direction and how it relates to the sails, but in the end, we learned and performed. Our watch was the one to end the night by taking down the sails and lowering the anchors, a very satisfying feeling.

Anchored at our destination and high on the adrenaline provided by the beautiful sunrise, we awoke the rest of the crew and started to prepare for the day’s main event, diving. A couple of us had the pleasure of climbing into the bilge to retrieve gear and tanks. It’s kind of amazing just how much stuff we can stuff into the big on our stern (the laz). Crawling in there, I appreciated a new aspect of boat living.

Right after tanks were filled with, one group of open water divers set off to continue with their scuba education, while the rest of the open water divers went skin diving, or snorkeling, off the boat. The water was chilly at first but soon warmed up and became a playground of people learning how to duck dive, and blow the water out of their snorkels. After we climbed out of the water, we had a rolling lunch of warm corn chowder, one of my favorite meals, and then the rest of us headed out for our scuba training.

Breathing underwater has to be one of the trippiest and most euphoric feelings in the world. I feel very fortunate to be having this experience. And I would also like to give a big thanks to Amy, the dive instructor for my group and our marine bio teacher. It’s a fantastic feeling to be able to identify the animals I am swimming with.

We finished up our day with an excellent dinner and a squeeze. I can’t wait to do it all again tomorrow!

Pictured: Lex, Tait, and Ev at sunrise; Tim and CJ guiding us into the harbor in Sardegna; Cole helping get dive gear out of the laz; sunrise as we approached our anchorage in Sardegna.