Location: 30 26.35'S 13 19.53'E
I want to preface this post by saying that after an eventful night on Argo, everyone is safe and well rested and we are still on course to St. Helena. With that said, last night during our first-night watch around 21:00 we made a crash gybe that snapped our mainsail boom. Watch- team one was on deck and assisted our staff in securing the mainsail and broken boom to the deck safely. Our forward staysail and main staysail were undamaged and are now powering us toward St. Helena on schedule!
With a fresh start this morning the crew hopped right back into our daily routines of watches, meals together, naps on deck, and jobs around the boat followed by classes and deck showers. For those of you curious about what a deck shower is, allow me to clarify. Although Argo is equipped heads (restrooms) below deck, our freshwater maker can only work so fast and uses up quite a bit of energy. Additionally, getting 26 students through two showers seems just short of chaos. Our solution to this issue involves jerry-rigging a shower hose to one of our forward shrouds that pumps saltwater on deck. With swimsuits on and towels waiting, we take turns soaping up and rinsing off in the refreshing salt water.
After my 00:00-04:00 watch, my day officially started at noon with a grilled cheese and tomato soup breakfast/lunch and a two-hour dog watch. This shortened watch consisted of bow- watch, boat and engine room checks interspersed with time to chat with my watch team members and leaders. Quickly bouncing back from last nights boom incident, jokes were cracked and predictions were made regarding the cause of the crash gybe making for an enjoyable watch.
We are now three days out from Cape Town and have covered just over 350 nautical miles. Our crew and staff are embracing the challenges weve experienced thus far and looked forward to the adventures yet to come on our way to St. Helena!