2 weeks at sea… where is Allie now?



Good morning everyone,

Please find below today’s update from the ship. Happy Friday!

Time: 0620 hrs UTC

Date: 20/11/2015

Latitude: 28 deg 41 min S

Longitude: 45 deg 07 min W

Average Speed Last 24h: 4.0 Knots

Distance in last 24 hrs: 109 nm

Total distance travelled this voyage: 1516 nm

Distance to port: 835 nm (to Buenos Aires)

Temperature: 22 deg C

Sea state: 3 (slight)

Wind: Force 2 (light breeze)

Sailing status: inner jib, outer jib, lower topsail, upper topsail, t’gallant, fore staysail, main staysail, main sail

Log Keeper: Nicholas

Other: We are nearing the southernmost tip where Brazil borders Argentina – only about 840 nm to go to our destination!

Southern Atlantic Ocean Update

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The 22 day journey to Argentina is well underway…  See some notes from the satellite email update from the ship.


Please find below updates from the ship for yesterday and today!

Time: 0830 hrs UTC

Date: 09/11/2015

Latitude: 08 deg 13 min S

Longitude: 34 deg 11 min W

Average Speed Last 24h: 3.3 Knots

Distance in last 24 hrs: 133 nm

Total distance travelled this voyage: 146 nm

Distance to port: 2230 nm (to Buenos Aires)

Temperature: 24 deg C

Sea state:  2 (smooth – wavelets)

Wind: Force 2 (light breeze)

Sailing status: fore staysail, main staysail, main sail, mizzen, inner jib, outer jib

Log Keeper: Zach

Other: We had 2 fish on the lines, but couldn’t bring them in.  Sunday dinner was lasagna, with tiramisu for dessert – YUM!


Time: 0610 hrs UTC

Date: 10/11/2015

Latitude: 10 deg 09 min S

Longitude: 35 deg 03 min W

Average Speed Last 24h: 4.5 Knots

Distance in last 24 hrs: 112 nm

Total distance travelled this voyage: 256 nm

Distance to port: 2108 nm (to Buenos Aires)

Temperature: 26 deg C

Sea state:  2 (smooth – wavelets)

Wind: Force 3 (gentle breeze)

Sailing status: fore staysail, main staysail, main sail, mizzen, inner jib, outer jib, upper topsail

Log Keeper: Nicholas

Other: Last night was taco night, complete with a great variety of toppings.   We’re settling back in to life at sea, and we’re all looking forward to seeing everyone in Buenos Aires!


Brazil Port Program

Good morning…
I am happy to let you know that at 0745hrs local the Gulden Leeuw and crew of Shellbacks arrived safely in Natal, Brazil!  A very short but important sail from Fernando de Noronha in the final leg to reach South America from the African continent.  They have all just accomplished something they should all be very proud of!
The port plan for Natal is as follows:
Nov 4 – Arrival in Natal. Classes until 1600hrs. Shore leave in the evening until 2300hrs
Nov 5 – Shore leave all day from 0900 – 2300hrs
Nov 6 — Port program 0900 – 1600hrs.  Natal is essentially a huge sand dune, and so our students will be loading up in sand dune buggies (driven by a professional guide) and will spend the day whipping through and up over the Genipabu Dunes, stopping to swim in lagoons, dune climbing and sliding, play at beaches and generally loving life. It is a thrill, pure fun, adrenaline pumping day and something they will never forget.  The crew will have Shore leave in the evening after the return to the ship until 2300hrs.

Nov 7 – Shore leave all day from 0900 – 2300hrs

Nov 8 – Departure Day. Time TBA
Please let me know if you have any questions
Have a great day
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Welcome to Brazil !!

Were in Brazil! First ocean crossing and equator crossing! Midterms took place now. I still can’t see the southern cross but I’m looking every night when I have night watch, which is now 12-2am.

We stopped first at a little island off Brazil called Fernando. We anchored in the harbour and  took the dinghy to shore. Just like old times in the Caribbean!

Im on the Dive team,  as we dove down we instantly saw sea turtles and sharks!  Don’t worry Gramma!

The beaches here were the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen! The island is so small you can basically walk everywhere or just hitch hike in the back of a dune buggy.

After two days in Fernando we departed for an over night passage to natal Brazil.

We have a few more days of shore leave here where we prepare for our next 22 day crossing to argentina(PARENT PORT)!!!

In natal we provisioned the ship full of food including fruit, ribs and marshmallows!

Today I went to the world largest cashew tree! It is actually in the Guinness Book of Records, covering more than 2 acres!

Well, of to the beach bar for some lunch!

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King Neptune Arrives!

Good morning –

As we live vicariously through our crew these days I know many of you are very interested in this, so thought I would pass along.
According to the Captain, last night there was some very serious rumblings in the area the ship was sailing in by King Neptune as he learned of the imminent approach of a crew of straggly, novice, yet intrepid Pollywogs toward the Equator. This is taken very seriously as passage across the line will only be granted if and when King Neptune deems them worthy to enter his kingdom and then be protected by him forever on the high seas.
It is my understanding Neptune will order the ship to strike all sails and stop around 1500hrs this afternoon circa 580 nautical miles off the coast of Brazil. King Neptune will board with his loyal court of advisors, and the Captain will turn his vessel and crew over to him for a thorough inspection and interrogation.
I’m confident that by the end of today all crew will join the ranks of Shellbacks, proudly earn their Shellback name, and have a fantastic day. Details of the day and ceremony will forever remain a secret unless you are in a fact a Shellback. Fantastic stuff!
Have a great day

Ocean Crossing !!!

Good morning –
I received word an hour ago from our agent that the ship and crew have left the dock and were motoring out of the port bound for the other side of the Atlantic Ocean – destined to arrive at Fernando da Noronha on October 31st!
The sail to Fernando will be one of the best of the year – consistent, reliable following tradewinds and currents will push them across the Atlantic toward South America in very warm weather. It is not unheard of for us on this crossing to make distances of 180-200 nautical miles a day and have such consistent winds the sails put up soon will stay in the same configuration for days.

I know the faculty will be speaking to the crew to try and put in perspective for them that they are leaving Africa and in 12 days will arrive in South America by tall ship, and this doesn’t happen by accident. The crew will have worked together, relied on each other, followed through on daily responsibilities and sailed Gulden Leeuw day and night across an ocean – an impressive feat and group of students.

During the sail the crew will also hit the doldrums which is a low pressure system at the equator where prevailing winds are super calm and water often like glass. Not only will there be lazy days poking along in blazing heat waiting for the wind to show up again, very likely they will be able to have a swim call or two. Going for a swim literally in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in water that is a very clear blue and bathtub temperature in approximately 5000 km deep is a pretty exciting and something that a very small percentage of the world will ever experience. Wait for the pictures.

Speaking of the doldrums and the equator, there have been rumors of King Neptune (God of the sea) grumbling from the deep that a crew of Polywogs are approaching his equator, which is not acceptable until he grants them passage after a thorough inspection. I can’t say much more than that, but I hope the Gulden Leeuw crew of Polywogs are respectful of his kingdom and follow the wishes of his court. Good luck! Enough said.

Julie (Port Programs Coordinator) emailed us this write up on the port programs in Dakar which I will pass along for your reading pleasure. Looks like it was a great experience for the crew!
Our time in Dakar has been quite the cultural experience.
Friday, we had shore leave until 18:00. In groups of 6 everyone went out to explore the city. Many people headed over to Goree Island, a beautiful island off the coast of Dakar that was the largest slave trading centre in Africa in the 15th to 19th centuries.
Friday evening, we had a few guests aboard. Eric Dadmun from the Peace Corps came to speak with us about his experiences serving and working in Senegal. He even taught us some of the local language Wolof that we could use with the youth the next day. We also had 4 members from the Canadian Embassy, Catherine, Martin, Caroline and Sandra, come on board and tell us about some of the work the Embassy is doing in Senegal.
Saturday morning we headed out to the SOS International Children’s Village. SOS Villages work with children who either have no parents, or have been removed from their parent’s custody and provide them with a home, house mother, education, healthcare and support. The day started by the children greeting us and sharing a song, we learnt about some of the barriers the village has experienced and about their goals of providing a sense of community and family for the youth. Following the introduction we were taken through a few of the homes, where up to 15 children live with their house mom and care for one another. We then spent some time doing activities with the kids, singing songs, art and playing sports. It was a wonderful morning learning about some of the great work that is being done to support youth in Senegal, and we had a lot of fun playing games and getting to know the children.
After lunch we met up with our home stay families from the Student Youth Travel Organization (SYTO). After a quick get to know you, we headed off in pairs with our hosts for the evening. Everyone had such unique and different experiences with their host families, some went to the beach, others saw local live music, others toured the city and museums. Sunday night we had a lot of new stories and experiences to share with each other.
Our last night in Senegal has been eventful, we all met up with our host families at a Saber Dance party in the suburb of Medina. There were percussionists on the street, who welcomed us as they played and everyone in the area gathered around and danced. We learnt a few new Senegalese dance moves to add to the Class Afloat Dance repertoire.
Next stop, Fernando!
Have a great day.

Dakar, Senegal

So were back in the Africa! I lost my iPod in the Canary Islands, so all y pictures were lost and it was hard to get a hold of my dad to update kozyboat!

But we are now in Senegal and for this port program we are staying with Senegalese students in their homes.

Max and I have the same girl. Her name is Amina and she’s twenty. She took us around town yesterday and out to the beach for a fresh cooked fish on the beach.

Our host students are best friends with another host student so we were able to meet up with some girls from our boat, Alex and Jasmine. There is no running water here so we use a bucket of water to shower. But that’s still better then having a shower on the boat because captain has called off all showers due to low water levels…

The toilets here are holes in the ground!

French is the main language here so I’ve been getting a lot of practice! They also speak Wolof too but I can only say a few basic words.

Yesterday we went to an orphanage and played with the kids. They are all under 16 years old and were very happy to see us.

They have 10 kids per house and one “mother” who look after them.


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Canary Islands

In the Canary Islands we docked right beside the cruise ships so it was very touristy.

Coincidentally, we were also beside the old class afloat ship. It’s called the Sorlandet. it is now used for a program similar to class afloat, it’s called A+ academy. So we met the student aboard and showed them our ship and they gave us a tour of theirs.

Unfortunately I don’t have the pictures from the Canary Islands because they are on m iPod that I lost… Hopefully it’s somewhere on the ship.

The port program here was a hike to the tallest point on the island. We also had a tour of the traditional houses here which is a cave home. It looks like a normal house on the outside but you can tell it goes inside the mountain. The caves are the natural way of cooling the houses and they do actually make a big difference!

A bunch of us were feeling crazy one night and for dinner we ordered zebra, kangaroo, escargot, deep fried crickets, and duck. My favourite was the zebra.. It tasted just like a t-bone stake! My least favourite was the crickets. They were absolute disgusting.

We also got to know some homeless people who played us a few songs on the beach.




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