Friday, April 13, 2007

last day

Author: Jill
Location: Marina Zea, Athens, Greece

I can't believe today is the last day. This trip and everyone on it has changed my life for the better. I love you all and I'll miss you. Peace out!

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April 13 Argo Update

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

loose ends...

Author: James
Location: Marina Zea, Athens, Greece

We enjoyed a relaxing day. It was a day to tie up loose ends and contemplate what we had all just accomplished. Some ventured off on a Chantale- guided tour of the Acropolis, while some others stayed aboard to finish up their PSCT exams. Spirits were high onboard, even with our last day quickly approaching you stay classy Argo.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

arrival in Athens

Author: Chris
Location: Marina Zea, Athens, Greece

When arriving in port today, everyone came to the realization of what we had achieved. People were ecstatic of what they had accomplished, yet sad that the end is so close. We spent the afternoon exploring Athens and just enjoying each others company as much as possible in the limited time left. Thanks to everyone, it's been amazing.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

the last leg

Author: Cody
Location: underway

I awoke this morning to the surprise of already being underway. We had slipped our mooring with the rising sun and began the last leg of our journey. We were now heading north to Athens. After 6500 nm of ocean crossing we were near the end port. While sailing this afternoon most of the crew hung out on the bow with several pods of dolphins that came to play for a while, enjoying our bow wake. They swam and jumped and you could hear their whistling noises when they surfaced. All day the sun shone valiantly, although I still felt I was lacking in warmth. Man, do I wish I had brought some warmer clothes! My fingers are crossed that my parents, when I meet them in Athens, brought some articles to round out my wardrobe. My excitement for seeing the city was rising with every mile. Just think, Athens has been inhabited for 700 years!




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April 10 Argo Update

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Monday, April 9, 2007

Santorini's Epic Beauty

Author: Justin
Location: Fira, Santorini, Greece

Greece is a place of ancient history,
Why I haven't been here is surely a mystery.
The people are nice and fashionable of sorts,
I looked like a goof walking around in my shorts.
The weather's quite nice with a chill during the night,
With fields full of daisies just right for a kite.
There's caldera views from the cliff-side cafes,
I'd definitely say it's one of the best of our days.
Argo is happy, her crew is at peace,
I cannot wait to see more of Greece.



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Sunday, April 8, 2007

donkeys, cliffs, and great views

Author: Andrea
Location: Fira, Santorini, Greece

I really must say that walking up a mountain, panting hard, and the smell of fresh donkey dung is the most invigorating combination early in the morning. Fira is amazing. It is a little town built on the edge of a cliff. The people are nice and the views are amazing. Tomorrow shall be another great day but sadly one closer to parting with those that we have come to cherish and love as brothers and sisters.

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Saturday, April 7, 2007

Easter in Greeceter

Author: Matt
Location: Fira, Santorini, Greece

We arrived at Santorini this morning after a pleasant overnight passage (one of our last, unfortunately). Watch team two and three took care of anchoring stern to, so when the rest of us woke up we were awed by the sight of sheer volcanic cliffs rising out of the water far above the companionway ladder. Well, I was, but at least after lunch our basic seamanship final exam took up most of the afternoon with its lengthy chartwork component. Still, it was pretty exciting when one considers how much we've all learned about navigation. Thanks for reading, and have a happy Easter!



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Friday, April 6, 2007

Iraklion

Author: Julia
Location: underway

Our morning started off quite chilly with cereal on deck followed by a few student leadership presentations on Crete. Afterwards the crew headed onto shore to explore the area. Many roamed the streets looking for some good shopping (don't worry Mom and Dad, we found it) while others went to visit Knossos and the Venetian fort. We all enjoyed some excellent Greek food in outdoor cafes and embraced Western culture once again. Just before dinner we lifted anchor and sailed away from Iraklion. We should arrive in Santorini within the next ten to twelve hours, weather permitting. We are looking forward to seeing more of what the Greek islands have to offer. Happy Passover and Easter!

April 6 Argo Update

Argo has made it to Iraklion and and is enjoying some cooler water and even a bit of rain for the first time on Months. Crete has proved a nice bit European culture and the crew is looking forward to their time on Greece.


Thursday, April 5, 2007

Crete!

Author: Annie
Location: Iraklion, Crete, Greece

Today we woke up for a chilly morning filled with cereal. We then broke into groups for a quick boat appreciation, getting Argo back to her glorious self. The morning was chilly, grey, and drizzling, but we went to work with smiles, always happy for an excuse to don our foulies. After lunch we were granted shore time where we immersed ourselves back into life on land. Shopping and eating filled our afternoon and we arrived back on Argo for dinner grinning.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

seeing Crete

Author: Abbey
Location: Iraklion, Crete, Greece



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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Author: Boomer
Location: underway

Today was a fairly normal passage day, except that the weather turned unusually but pleasantly hot. The shorts and tshirts we've been missing the past couple weeks made an appearance and gave our foulies and fleece a break. We had a marine biology class in the afternoon, followed by shower time on deck to take advantage of the beautiful weather while it lasted. Alas it was a short break, as night fell the temperature dropped again, but we had a great day in the sun and are eagerly anticipating our landfall in the next day or so.

Monday, April 2, 2007

club Med

Author: Mike C.
Location: underway

So I think we all breathed a sigh of relief to know that we are finally in the Med. It's been a long journey and we've seen many sights, but knowing that Greece is near brings both sadness, at the end of our trip, and elation to be welcoming in a new sea and a new continent. Our day was another passage day. The weather is getting colder and colder and everyone has been pulling out extra clothes from their dirty washing to layer against the chill. The brave amongst us had salt water showers on deck, our first bath in the Med. Classes at our usual time are the order and routine of Argo as she floats us into the Med.

April 2 Argo Update

Charlie calls in with the update for the 77th day of the program. Fun details from a fairly crazy passage from The Red Sea to Med via The Suez Canal. Argo is headed north and will make a stop in Crete on the way to Greece.


Sunday, April 1, 2007

out of the canal and into the Med!

Author: Charlie
Location: underway

We woke up to a tasty breakfast of scrambled eggs cheffed by Eliot. We prepared for passage, which meant re-hanking our poor jib, which got beaten up last passage. Then we picked up our new pilot (who turned out not to be nearly as amiable as yesterdays) and continued up the canal. Then we eventually made it to the Mediterranean Sea where it's onward to Greece now!

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April 1 Argo Update

The Argo Crew finally gets underway on their Suez transit after two days of delays! We get a very detailed wrap-up of the time spent in Egypt which included a trip to the Pyramids, camel rides, souk shopping and and a SCUBA dive. Check back for more updates to come, the crew of Argo will be trying to transit the Suez in one day and if all goes well they will be departing north to Greece late Sunday or early Monday.