This is our last port in Africa!

Our crossing over was very rough. And I mean VERY rough. All the new crew was hanging over the side. Including some of the new maritime crew! But we managed to go to class everyday and still have a lot of fun on the rolling seas.

We spotted wildlife every day, including whales, sharks, sea lions and jellyfish. So far this is a great start to the new semester. This town is literally in the middle of a desert. And a fairly new desert too. I learned today that due to people changing the direction of the river, the sand no longer got washed out to the sea and instead gathered in dunes around the city. The river change occurred in 1960!

We started out first full day with some sand boarding down the dunes! The sand here is more course then the sand in the Sahara Desert, and it’s also very sparkly because there is so much salt in it. Sand boarding works by the guides taking you on the back of their quad to the top of the sand dune. Then you lay on a board and slide down! Then they pick you up on their quad and bring you back up again.

For port program we did a black township tour. We visited the villages that you see on tv in those “save Africa” ads. The people made huts out of anything they could find. Most of them would have a wheel barrow or a bike on top for a roof. Here we played with the kids in the kindergarten and walked through the village talking to the locals and learning about how they live.

For my anthropology field trip today we went in a land rover through the dunes. We stopped at a burial site for natives who used to live in the desert. We were holding the artifacts that you would see in a museum – human remains, giraffe skulls and vertebrates. It was unreal! We also saw a huge flock of hot pink flamingos!

We set sail tomorrow for St. Helana, another secluded island in the Atlantic Ocean. I’m really looking forward to this port, hopefully it will be like Tristan.

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Ships Log January 25 2016

Ships Log….Log Keeper: Samuelle

Last night everyone got dressed up and enjoyed a formal Sunday dinner with the whole crew – our first one this passage! To add to the fun, a pod of whales were breaching near the ship, a pair of sea lions played in our wake, and a shark casually swam by. It was a wildlife spectacle! After the meal, we had a jam session under the night sky with guitars, keyboards and drums. Our Engineer, Robert, sang the blues with his harmonica and guitar, and we had performances by Alexa and Mikayla, and our host Drew. Marcus mimicked a fireplace with an app on his laptop, and Jaden set up some battery candles to add to the warm ambience. What a great night!


I’m Coming home!

I packed my bunk in Cape Town and jumped on an airplane to come home.

30 hours later and I was saying hi to waffles.

I left it a surprise to everyone that I was going to come home for semester break. So I showed up to the school and the news got around pretty quick.

Not much has changed at Northern, but it was fun to have crazy sailor stories to tell my friends.

It was strange from being in the ocean with no land in sight and just a few days later at home again.

Crazy how far you can travel in just hours.

My parents had a few parties with friends showing up to say hi.

It snowed while at home so it really did feel like Christmas!

Just heading back to Detroit now to fly back to Cape Town South Africa for semester 2!

New maritime crew and 4 new students are coming onboard so it will be cool to show them around.


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33 Days at Sea

Wow 33 days at sea and so many exciting things happened!

So I left my parents in Argentina and set sail on the longest passage yet.

This passage was full of beautiful sunsets and perfect storms.

The green flash was becoming a normal occurrence as the crew would watch the perfect sunsets off the stern of the ship. I saw the green flash three nights in a row! I even saw it from from aloft!

We had to do some loopdy loops in the ocean to await for the perfect weather window to get into Tristan.

But was it ever worth it! Tristan is so green! The first thing I did once I got to shorewas lay in the grass!

We had students from the island ages 8-14 give us a tour. We saw the volcano, the potato patches and some penguins!

I helped plan the winter formal dance for the crew onboard. Everyone dressed up, had a fancy dinner (WITH napkins!), watched the sunset and then danced on the for’deck.

Christmas and new years was also in this passage. My parents gave me some Christmas cards they received for me and a stocking to open on Christmas!

Exams were during new years, so most of the crew had to be woken up 10 minutes before the new year so we could celebrate. After hugs all around I headed back to bed.

Students took over the ship for 24 hours. Sailing all by ourselves, we rigged and raised a sail that we have never raised before.

With a goal of staying on an impossible course we doused some sails and set others trying to stay on course and sailing above 5 knots.

My dad wasn’t lying when he said we would be able to smell land. We really could! It was the best smell I’ve smelt in a while! We could even hear the waves crashing on the shore.

Then the first mate told me my dad was talking to her this morning and he already found a webcam pointing at us. Haha!

After landing in port the crew ate anything BUT BEANS!! After sailing for so long, you begin to run out of fresh food. Then the meat. Then pasta… so you eat beans.

For every meal. Every day!



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 Allie Arrives in Africa!
4500 miles, leaving Dec 5th 2015 and Arriving Jan 5th 2016

It was pretty wierd standing in Argentina as the boat pulled away.. someone on shore shouted to the kids.. ‘where are you going next?”… they replied “AFRICA”… Obviously fully knowing the destination… I think every parent still looked at each other shaking their head trying to grasp the concept… Well they made it!

Couple pics from a friend that travelled to meet them on the other side… and some sneaky webcam shots as they were coming up the coast (Gotta love Surf Shops!)



Next Port: South Africa

Well after many weeks of travelling across the Atlantic, the crew of the Gulden Leeuw will now be in constant company into port.

Scheduled arrival date is January 5th..

The ship will have a 2 week hiatus as the crew get a nice break before starting Second Semester

Returning to the ship January 17th, they will have some port time to explore Cape Town as a group.

Heading out of Cape Town, they have one more stop in Africa, before heading back across the Atlantic towards the Caribbean..     2 small islands will have landings through their crossing.

See the red track on the following map.glSSGLJAN3

Log Keeper on Gulden Leeuw – Allie Kozachuk


An update (below) from the ship, from Allie!

Good morning –
Please see below today’s daily report. The crew have been handed control of the ship for 24 hours! Something every crew works toward over the course of the semester!!!!!


Gulden Leeuw

”All hands to the foredeck!” Olaf, the second mate called everyone out of class to countdown our crossing over the Greenwich Meridian yesterday. Everyone’s been busy studying for exams and getting the last sailing in before semester break. Captain and the maritime crew handed the ship over to the students at 1800 last night. Overnight the students have been in charge of sailing the ship to maintaining a speed over ground of 5 knots, maintaining a balanced sail plan, navigating, lookout and solving any problems that arise while we’re on watch. It’s a way we see how much we have learned this semester about sailing and ocean safety.

UTC DATE/TIME: 06:45 – December/28/2015

BOARD DATE/TIME: 06:45 December/28/15
POSITION: 34º 52.118’S 1º 58.185’W

SEA STATE: Slight to moderate waves 0.5-2.5m
SAILS CARRIED: Flying jib,Outer Jib, Inner Jib, Fore Stay Sail, Main Stay Sail, Main Sail, lower topsail, Upper topsail, T’gallent

Allie Kozachuk


March 2016 Galapagos to Marquesas Islands

Wayyyyy back a couple years ago…  we met some great folks out at Sea!…

We were on a 3 day trip from Puerto Rico to Turks and Caicos..

During a midnight watch, Timbo at the helm..  sleepy eyed…


Many many miles offshore, with no ships in sight, this was a little ‘weird’…    Radio goes off again calling Island Dancer…

Our new friends Gail and Jason were on the other end of the VHF…  Funny how you meet people!!!

Apparently our AIS systems were in contact, and with Jason being a little sleepy eyed also, he though he should call someone! Which just happen to be US!

Well… this chance meeting has turned into another adventure!

Robin and Timbo will be Joining Gail and Jason on their vessel TwoFish to cross the Pacific this March!

Part of the Arc Rally, we will be traversing approximately 3000 miles from Galapagos to Marquesas Islands…

Will be an adventure thats for sure!     Many more details to come

Here is their website:

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