Wednesday, January 31, 2007

among beautiful green cliffs

Author: Keely
Location: Pulau Dayang Bunting, Malaysia

Today's sights were stunning. I don't think I've ever been anyplace so gorgeous. We left Langkawi this morning and I admit I was a little nervous about passage, but a day to read and relax and organize my bunk and mind before departure really did me and everyone else (I hope) a lot of good. We're so close to these islands it seems impossible for us not to be aground. The cliffs are steep and thickly vegetated- eagles nest in the trees and swoop over the green water now and then, or dip across the red sun at twighlight (don't worry, Evan took pictures). I know I had a happy day- I couldn't stop smiling at the helm and laughing for the beauty of it all when Kevin took us on a dinghy tour. The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and here we are in all the beauty of nature. Which includes the fact that theoretically ice can sink. Yes, I'm very psyched about this.

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Jan 31 Argo Update

Chief Mate Kevin checks in and gives an update on the days activities which included a Marine Biology field trip to a shrimp farm to see an aquaculture process firsthand. Preparation for the upcoming passage continues and they will head to the outer barrier islands of Langkawi Thursday morning before setting sail Thursday evening.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

shrimp farm

Author: Kevin

Location: Langkawi, Malaysia

After some eggs and toast the crew cleaned Argo up and got ready to go on their first Marine Biology field trip to a local shrimp farm. Once there they learned the process of aqua culture and got to taste the final product for lunch. Tommy got a bit a head of the program and ate a live shrimp. While the crew was ashore the staff took Argo alongside a fuel barge to op off her tanks in preparation for her long passage to the Maldives. We spent a relaxing afternoon getting some last minute shore time and some much needed provisions.

p.s. Argo will be departing this evening for the Maldives and will not have internet access for up to two weeks. Stay tuned to our podcast while we are at sea!

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Jan 30 Argo Update

The Skipper of the Day checks in and gives a brief description of the crew's first day in Malaysia. There are only two days left until the first long passage to the Maldives located in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Monday, January 29, 2007

first day out in Malaysia

Author: Jill
Location: Langkawi, Malaysia

Today was a great day. It was our first shore leave in Malaysia after being in Thailand for so long. It's always fun to go out and explore a new country. The crew is definitely starting to come together as a cohesive group.

Jan 29 Argo Update

Capt. Boomer checks in from Malaysia for the first ever podcast entry from the schooner Argo.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

arrival in Malaysia

Author: James

Location: Langkawi, Malaysia

The day began with the continuation of last nights passage. Even with a healthy breeze the crew adapted quickly. Lunch on a steep heel was interesting to say the least. After a well executed sail douse and flake we were all excited to see Langkawi. As Boomer went to make our presence official, the rest of us issued Argo a little TLC. We gladly accepted the rest of the afternoon off for free time. Annie and Arron prepared a Mexican feast for all, after which yours truly took charge of the scheduling meeting which seems to be to everyones liking. A great day for all, which seemed to peak when Boomer fell into the laz. Excited for tomorrow and our first night out! Much love to all back home.

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Saturday, January 27, 2007

last day in Thailand

Author: Chris
Location: underway

After a peaceful night voyage Argo arrived at Kata Beach on Phuket at the crack of dawn. She was anchored and had her sails flaked by watch team three. After finishing our breakfast of cereal we began the dreaded boat appreciation. However, the beautiful sunshine lifted our spirits and after about three of four hours of polishing the boat looked simply stunning. Having finished early we got extended shore leave and lunch on land. The boat got resupplied, Boomer got extorted for two thousand baht by customs, and we picked up our final shipmate Tom who we welcomed aboard heartily. Once everyone got back we prepared the boat for the trip south to Langkawi. We expect to arrive tomorrow lunch time, but we have good winds that will hopefully speed our progress. Shipmates are trying to get used to the heel of the boat but walking through the lower deck remains a tricky affair! Bring on Malaysia!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

calm before the "white squall"

Author: Justin

Location: Similan Islands #8, Thailand

Early to rise,

The breakfast was too,

The unlearned were taught,

To dive the deep blue.

The intro to oceans was all but a bore,

Some left in the dinghy to check out the shore.

A sea turtle was seen off the port of the vessel,

We learned how to raise the fore and main staysail.

It ends with an intro to skipper like a pro,

Then meet in the salon for a good picture show.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

and so it goes...

Author: Andrea

Location: Similan Islands #8, Thailand

It was the first sailing day for our faithful sea monkeys (otherwise known as shipmates), but alas the wind gods did not favor us. We reached land and headed towards high ground for inspiration. Finding none we decided to jump off. Later a rock visit was made to Sail Rock in hope of better winds. Dinner was sausages and tomorrow the sun will rise again. And so it goes.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

major league awesome town

Author: Matt

Location: Similan Islands #4, Thailand

We all woke up in the morning and had a nice breakfast. Then the open water divers went for a nice little dive, our first open water dive. That was fun. After lunch we did our second open water dive, went ashore, and then got trained to use the dinghy. After dinner we whipped the vessel into shape to prepare for the journey. All told, I'd say January 24th was pretty solid. Thank you and have a nice day.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

first dives!

Author: Julia

Location: Similand Island #4, Thailand

Today a busy and exciting day was had by all. After breakfast we did our usual cleanup and then the non-certified divers set up their gear to take their first breaths underwater. While to group of to-be divers did their preliminary skills, the certified divers did a quick review and then went to the beach. After lunch the certified divers took their first dive of the trip, and what a dive it was! Surrounded by schools of colorful fish, the divers decided unanimously it was one of the most exciting dives that we've seen yet. The engineer of the day, Abbey, was in charge of pumping the scuba tanks so that the to-be certified divers could complete more practice. The cooks returned to the boat to make dinner while others helped to frost a cake for Mike C.'s birthday. The crew enjoyed a dinner of dried pork curry and birthday cake. Currently, the to-be divers are working on their knowledge reviews while the certified divers are preparing a game of charades. A fun day was had by all! Hi Mom and Dad!

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

swim test day

Author: Annie

Location: Similand Island #4, Thailand

Last night we had our first watch teams while under passage, arriving in the Similans around 8:30 this morning. After breakfast we struggled through a swim test in a strong current. It was a mostly relaxing day from then on and we had our first classes, marine biology and student leadership. We snorkeled around and got a glimpse of the beauty we are going to dive with tomorrow in these islands.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

The Beach

Author: Chantale
Location: Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

We woke up to a hearty breakfast of pancakes cooked by Jay and Andrea. Following clean-up, we all went to shore on Ko Phi Phi Don to board the long tail boats that took the group to the nearby island of Ko Phi Phi Le. We circumnavigated the island, stopping by Viking caves and secluded coves, and of course Maya cove, where the movie "The Beach" was filmed. The crew then had a few hours on shore to check out Phi Phi Don before coming back to Argo to get her ready for our overnight passage to Ko Similan.P.S. Argo will be in the Similan islands for the next week without internet access, we will continue to record our adventures and will post them up upon our return to Phuket.

Friday, January 19, 2007


Author: Abby

Location: Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand

It was a beautiful morning in the lovely Ko Yai area. French toast is a good way to start the day. A little before 9 we got underway to Phi Phi Don. After a rousing six hour motor to the beautiful place we all eagerly listened to Boomer as he enthusiastically explained what to do in emergencies and during passage. Then it was to the dreaded Monkey Beach. The staff told us tales of this place but we naively laughed at such nonsense. Little did we know what they said was the truth! After the bread was spent, the monkeys got angry. Alone and an innocent bystander I was, with my back turned, they attacked! When the dust settled I saw my wound. A bruise and a few scrapes. After such a struggle I was on alert. Little did I know that more dangers were lurking below. Harassed and dejected by the monkeys, we took turns being driven back to Argo via dinghy. And yet! I did not suspect when I stepped down to be impacted with what can only be described as putting one's foot and weight down on thousands of hypodermic needles. Sea urchins! Up went my arms and my throat reverberated with a yelp for help. As I floated back to the dinghy my body was being scraped by harsh rocks along the way. Chris, too was assaulted by the sea floor faring menace. I cried but a bit, I'm proud to say. He, not at all. Everyone was very kind about my monkey bite and our urchin stings. After a good squeeze and an equally good dinner, we cleaned. Then I went off to get the first of five rabies shots just in case. Needless to say, I have a personal vendetta against these monkeys on this, of all, Monkey Islands. Faithfully yours, Abby.p.s. Abby is fine and wants everyone to know that she had a good laugh writing her log.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

First Day Out

Author: Boomer

Location: Ko Yai, Thailand

After receiving the shipmates late last night, we woke up this morning to eggs and new faces. After a policy meeting we had a Thai feast and then left the dock to begin our voyage. We motored 12nm to Ko Yai where we dropped the hook, had dinner, and did our first anchor watch. Good day, Boomer.

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