Location: Underway to Les Saintes
The second day on our underway excursion to Les Saintes has certainly been a day of challenge and adaptation. With the constant tossing and turning of Argo, the group watches that kept everyone on high alert, and the new jobs that surfaced since we have been underway, myself and the rest of the crew have been faced with an entirely different style of ship life. Some of our days began at midnight, with our watch groups being split off into different roles. Every hour there were some of us on bow watch, which entailed looking ahead of Argo in order to spot any potential obstacles. If you think you could’ve fallen asleep during this role, you’d be very mistaken as the occasional crashing wave would splash onto us in a not-so-gentle fashion. If you weren’t on bow watch, you’d probably be patrolling every area of Argo, making sure everything is functioning well. The last job would be manning the helm, which put one person in charge of steering the vessel, a role I would later learn to be one of my favorite things to do on Argo.
As the day progressed, many of us who were hit with an overwhelming feeling of seasickness began to slowly get our bearings straight. After lunch, we had oceanography class with Amanda where we learned about continental drift and seafloor spreading. A refreshing activity we all got to enjoy next was learning about knots and lines during our seamanship class with Meg and Tim. I was personally impressed, as well as slightly intimidated, with how many distinct varieties of knots there were. As a means of keeping the ship exceedingly clean, we had the pleasure of partaking in our first deck shower, which was essentially hosing ourselves with a high-pressure salt water system on the deck. When dinner ended, it was back to our roles as a watch group to take on our designated four-hour shifts. I for one felt much better about the watch group system this night rather than the first. While the demand of the fast-paced system of being underway had various aspects of adversity for us all, it definitely had many rewards at the end of it. For those who had the midnight to 04:00 shift, we had the pleasure of getting to enjoy the rare sight of a rainbow at night, a beauty I didn’t think existed. Many of us got really seasick, but we slowly gained our sea legs before long. This journey underway has been tough, but I feel that it certainly prepared us to be capable of thriving much more than we thought we could on this ship.
Pictured (from right to left): Jack, Alex, Drake, Sophie, Kai, Meg, and London, plus some group shots during knot-tying practice in seamanship class.