Next Port: Canary Islands Spain

The Gulden Leeuw is making very good time to the Canary Islands, which is part of Spain.

Looks to me they are lined up to sail between two outer islands… That would be a neat site to see..  Perhaps I’ll find a webcam and screen capture some shots…

This will be a BIG change from the crew going from the Sahara desert to an Island Waterworld…   should be there on Sunday!




I’ve been through the desert on a “Camel” with no name


Hi All… Allie here!

The port program in Morocco is pretty amazing!

We started off our adventure at 530am on the 27th on a coach bus! We drove through Morocco for about 7 hours stopping at markets, blanket weaving places, pottery places, for lunch.

Then we ended up at a hotel for the night. The traditional toilets here holes in the ground, very different!

Also the pop is made with sugar instead of corn syrup so it tastes so much better. On day two we drove a few more hours to the edge of the Sahara desert to ride some camels. We rode them for probably two hours to a camp out place where we stayed in tents for the night.

There was live traditional music and dancing and a Bon fire! We explored the dunes which included running down them, falling down them, rolling, sliding, and flipping! The sand in the desert is so fine and soft, as I’m sure you’ve heard before. But it’s so fine that it gets in the crevices of our hands and no matter how many times we wash our hands, they still look dirty!

So after the very relaxing night in the desert we got back on the camels and headed back To our bus.

Last night, we stayed in a hotel again in a valley. Activities for this morning: hiking. Because that’s about all there is to do here!

Next stop Canary Islands! I’m ready to go snorkelling!!!”

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Where the heck is Allie anyway?

Taking a bus many hours inland from the shore port in Morocco, Africa…  to a town called “Zagora”

………..I’ve wondered myself where the heck is Allie?

Well… hello google (or Bing for you Microsoft lovers)

See attached!   She is leaving this town by Camel, for an overnight stay in the desert..   I zoomed in and no where do I see a Tim Hortons or a Starbucks…


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Pictures from Morocco

Recieved a late night phone call from Allie…  She is doing very well and very very happy!

There was some comment that she certainly wants to stay the WHOLE YEAR???  hummm  line was a little staticy so we’ll just ignore that for now….

She is heading into the desert today, so will be ‘off the grid’ for a few days!… I’ll attach a post she had on facebook below… I think she will have some time later in the week to post an update with some pics and stories..

We do have some ‘coles’ notes from the 2am phone call… that is unless it was a dream… ha

Allie said she is in Zagora and going to the Sahara Desert on Camel. The girls cannot go anywhere in town without a boy.  Everyone dresses like the photo’s attached, with the store people wrapping their heads for them.  They are hoping to watch the lunar eclipse tonight in the desert.   Onboard, Allie has been elected into student council and is running for Prime minister. The onboard, Prime minister, gets to talk to media when they come aboard. Shes doing very well in her courses…getting 90’s on all her test.   Waiting to enter the harbour about a mile offshore, they all went swimming at anchor…it was very salty due to the evaporation there.  The industrial marina that the boat is docked at is not too nice at all…there are a bunch of dead fish, with their heads cut off.   The town is beautiful.

OK.. now for something from Allie…..  see below



Welcome to Morocco! And it’s raining? In the desert?! We stayed the night at a hotel and we’re leaving in a few minutes to go riding camels. Then tonight we’re camping out in the desert hoping to see the lunar eclipse! alliemorocco2alliemorocco

Land Ho!

Allie and Crew have arrived in Africa…   Agadir, Morocco!

They are currently anchored offshore, waiting approval from the government to enter the harbour… apparently this is a normal delay!

Looks like they have an interesting schedule while here… have a look!

PS:  The picture is the main harbour at night…  I googled the expression expecting it to say “HOLLYWOOD”…   nope….  :)

Allah Alwatan Almalik means Allah (God), Nation and King

And… from the ship…..



September 26 – Shore Leave all day from 0900 – 2000hrs (again, curfew in Agadir will be at sunset) Sept 27 – The crew will depart the ship at 0700hrs and head off to the town of Taroudant where they can sample some of the best orange juice in the world and explore the souks (markets) before continuing on into the mountains.  Arriving in the carpet producing town of Tazenakht for lunch they will dine on local tagine and visit a carpet co-operative. In the afternoon they will wind their way through the mountains to the date producing town of Agdz where they will look around before following a route along the valley lined with date plantations. The night will be spent at a hotel in the town of Zagora where they will have a traditional Moroccan dinner. Sept 28 – After breakfast the crew will head off toward the Sahara desert, stopping along the way in a pottery producing town called Tamegroute to see the traditional glazing process and pottery wheels as well as an old mud constructed Medina. Further down the road lunch will be held in a kasbah close to the ‘camel pick up point’.  The crew will get a camel riding lesson (not often you hear that), and then in pairs students will take turns riding their camel through the dunes to a Berber encampment with bedouin tents forming a huge circle around a massive firepit, with dining tent at the top of the circle.  That afternoon/evening the students will play in the massive sand dunes, have tea and dinner in the dining tent, and then listen to live Moroccan music and dance the night away around the bonfire.  It is an amazing and very surreal experience for everyone. Sept 29 -After waking up and watching the sunrise over the Sahara (a must do) students will return to the bus on camels and travel back into the mountains  That evening the crew will arrive in the mountain town of Talouine which is in the heart of the Moroccan saffron growing area. They will have dinner and spend the evening in a hotel catching up on sleep from dancing the night before! Sept 30 – After breakfast the crew hike up a wide, shallow river with a country guide to see saffron fields, olive groves and learn more about small scale Moroccan agriculture. Lunch back at the hotel before heading off in the direction of Agadir stopping at Taroudant, or ‘Little Marrakesh’ for a wander around the souks and any last minute souvenir shopping before arriving “back at home” for sunset.


Report from the Bridge

Approaching Africa…   Here’s an update from the ship:

Latitude: 32 deg 51 min N

Longitude: 11 deg 13 min W

Average Speed Last 24h: 6.1 Knots

Distance in last 24 hrs: 161 nm

Total distance travelled this voyage: 377 nm

Distance to port: 171 nm

Temperature: 22 deg C

Sea state:  2 (smooth – wavelets)

Wind: Force 4 (moderate breeze)

Sailing status: outer jib, inner jib, fore staysail, schooner, main staysail, lower topsail

Log Keeper: Victoria

Other: The crew is adjusting back to the sea life.  Yesterday we saw a whale during evening muster!

Other: The students continue to experience life at sea with energized excitement – there is so much to learn all around! We are not far out from Morocco, and everyone on board is looking forward to the port programme, especially the camel ride. The boat is charged with anticipation!






Lisbon Portugal

Had an awesome time in Lisbon Portugal. It was so nice to have free time and being able to explore the city and do laundry! We leave tomorrow for Morocco which is the port i have been most excited for. But here in Portugal our port program was a bike tour of the town, with a local lunch afterwards. My marine biology class also went to Europe’s largest aquarium today and we got backstage passes. Classes start tomorrow so we are all enjoying the “weekend”! You can see below how I spend my gangway watch in the hammock!

Passage Report – Amsterdam to Portugal… aka PUKE EVERYWHERE!

So we arrived in Lisbon today! It was a good 12 days at sea, and we arrived a few days early. Sweet!

It was a very long passage…not meaning it was rough(which it was) but i feel like I have been aboard this ship for years already. All the students, crew and teachers have become very close and its amazing to think that we only just met. The first night was a rough night for most people.

All i can say is PUKE. EVERYWHERE!!

Mexican food has a new memory with me now. The waves were very rough and trust me the pictures do not give it justice at all. I was one of the few who didn’t get seasick. But was that really being lucky? because that means I had to do a lot of things others couldn’t do. …..Like being on watch(sailing the ship), cleaning up puke, grabbing buckets, water and crackers. The waves were so rough that the lockers in the dorms actually unscrewed from the wall and ended up in my bunk. (see pic )

Classes started while we were at sea. You can see a few of our classrooms. The saloon is the green room, and that is where my english class takes place. We came up with the name Tallship Lit for this room. Ariel for our teacher! She is very fun and funky. We are reading the book “the Perks of Being a Wallflower”. We also write in journals every day too. It’s a great way to have us all open up to each other. You may not believe it, but this trip is very hard emotionally. So I feel like I have a close relationship with my english class. We also occasionally have class our on the stern deck! Very relaxing!

Then I have marine bio in the bar with Asta. Asta is my role model and lives a very cool life! I’ll defiantly be talking with her a lot to get some suggestions on schooling and future jobs! The bar is very pretty because it has the skylights coming in. Classes at sea are interesting because the projectors and screens are constantly moving with the waves. And then theres all the people who are seasick! (Not me tho!!) Marine bio is a great class to take on the boat. We have done a few experiments already like testing the salinity of the ocean while out at sea and then in the coastal region. And while in Lisbon we have a scheduled port program to go to a very big aquarium and we’re able to go “backstage”.

My last class is Bio 12 in the forward mess with Drew. Drew is also a marine biologist and works with Asta. I’ve been talking to him about schools. Bio is probably my least favourite class. Not saying its a bad class, this just shows how great all my classes are! It’s so cool how we connect everything we learn in class to where we are at the moment and where we are going. Like learning about the mid atlantic ridge is way cooler when you’re sailing over it in a few months!

Free time on the ship is very precious. Most of the time its used for naps! Sleep is so important and it often get interrupted with alarms, idle hands calls and just about anything else.

Free time is also used for showering, homework, and most of the time being dragged to help set the sails!