Location: Underway to Mauritius

Another great day of passage on Argo! The weathercleared up this morning, so we had a sunny, clear day of sailing. We had toadjust our course last night to accommodate the wind, so unfortunately ourarrival to Mauritius has been delayed slightly as we are going to sail on ournew course and then gybe to be on a straight course to Mauritius. After lunch todaywe had our VHF Radio operator exam in MTE, which is another step towards beingable to sail boats independently. I know there was lots of studying for thatexam going on so hopefully everyone passed and can get certified! This wasfollowed by OCE (oceanography), and a movie afternoon in the saloon finishing 7Years in Tibet. Following class we hadour usual rolling deck shower experience, and some free time. The highlight ofthe day was definitely the surprise brownies for dessert, so thanks chefs! Afterdinner tonight we did some sail handling ” dropped the forward staysail, raisedthe jib sail, and gybed twice to see what the best way to hold our course was.We then had our nightly study hall, where people are busy studying for the OCB(marine biology) species ID quiz tomorrow. Everyone is excited about ourimpending arrival to Mauritius, and peoples shopping lists for snacks havebeen posted on the water-tight doors throughout the boat. Its crazy to look at the charts and see howfar across the Indian we have sailed!

Ithink everyone is enjoying the routine of passage now, and with midterms andpaper due dates coming up in Mauritius, the boat seems to be running veryefficiently by a very studious crew. To all the parents ” we will talk to yousoon! Wifi and calling home are only second to snack shopping on peoples to dolist in Mauritius