Saturday, December 5, 2009

Final Endings

Author: Renee Stoehr
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
After arriving in Cape Town yesterday there are quite a few mixed emotions floating around. Many are excited to see there families, but everyone is very sad to leave. How do you say goodbye to those who have been involved in every aspect of each others lives for the last 90 days?
The day's events continued to remind us that we will soon be parting. We conducted our final Boat Appreciation (BA) and are leaving Argo cleaner than we found her. Even though we are all physically departing, I can say that none of us will ever be the same. We have all grown up, found ourselves with the help of each other and could never forget the memories we shared. Tomorrow will be a sad day, but we all know we are leaving better people from this experience and that is something that could never be taken away.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The End of the Journey

Author: Joe Torcivia
Location: Victoria and Albert Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
After an early morning rounding of the Cape of Good Hope, we dropped anchor outside the harbor and waited for the sun to rise. We made it. 7,184 miles and 88 days after leaving Singapore, we have finally reached our destination. All the students seem to have a new found confidence in their step. We sailed across an entire ocean. We visited places most only read about. We even rounded the southern most tip of Africa, a passage notorious for its difficulty. As Argo sits at the dock, there is also an air of sadness among the students as it finally sets in that our time aboard is coming to an end. I am happy to report that all the PSCT students have passed their exams, and a few will go on to complete their Master of Yachts 200 Ton exam in Durban. Today its time to pack up our things and return Argo to the pristine shape she was in, in Singapore. We look forward to finally getting home with plenty of stories and pictures to go around.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Last Full Day Underway...Making Way

Author: Luis Vecchio
Location: Underway To Cape Town, South of the Cape of Good Hope
Firstly Beaks would like me to say how excited I was to open the advent calendar today. We are within 80 nautical miles of Cape Town and 35 nautical miles south of the Cape of Good Hope. We had our last class ever today, which was our Marine Biology exam it was a sad moment because it was just another step closer to the end. Today was the last full day our crew would experience underway. It was all in all a good day. We sailed, we talked and we reminisced about the last three months. I find it amazing that in the last three months I have been to four sovereign countries and multiple territories, I have crossed an ocean, been to two continents and I set foot for the first time in my life on the continent of Africa. We have seen whales, sharks, rays, orangutans, elephants, rhinos, zebras, hippos and many more. We have seen gale force winds and been through what is widely considered as the most unpredictable waters in the world. But most of all we have had the time of our lives and made life long friends doing all of it.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

300 Miles To Go

Author: Leah Shopneck
Location: Rounding Cape Agulhas, the most southern point of Africa
Looking at our charts it almost appears as though Argo is at the end of the earth. The entire continent of Africa sits approximately seven miles north of us as we round Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa. This morning as we watched a cold front move east across the sky we hauled up our anchor for the last time this semester and began to make our way west. With only 300 miles to go until Cape Town, everyone was on deck to see our departure, enjoy a final on deck chilly but refreshing saltwater shower and to set sail. Engine off, we sailed a steady 6 knots throughout the day as the African coastline turned from sandy shores to rocky cliffs in the distance. When the crew was not on deck soaking up the rays of the sun, they were taking their Oceanography final exam or studying for the next day's Marine Biology final exam. With such a short distance ahead of us, everyone has smiles on their faces as Argo heels over and sways back and forth in the southern ocean one last time this year.