Author: Leah Shopneck
Location: Underway to St. Helena in the Atlantic Ocean
'10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1...Welcome to the western hemisphere" cheered the crew, as Argo returned to the western hemisphere for the first time in over a year and a half. Cups of tea and scones in one hand and cameras in the other, we hovered over the helm station watching as we quickly motored our way toward the Prime Meridian. After a bit of English trivia and a toast to the Queen it was official Argo had finally passed 000 degrees 00.0 minutes longitude. Since crossing over the International Dateline the crews of Argo have gained a lifetime of experiences. They have dove in the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef, held hands with Orangutans in the jungles of Borneo, Indonesia, sailed for over two weeks straight across oceans and even celebrated the crossing of the equator four times. For those of us that have been lucky enough to participate in such journeys the eastern hemisphere is a place we will never forget. But as we sail west, new windows of opportunity are opened up to this crew and future crews: races in Antigua, trips up the Amazon River, ancient ruins in Greece, penguins in the Galapagos and so much more. Let the adventures continue.