Well it was a pretty crazy, but the ClassAFloat 2015 students made landfall to the most remote Island in the world!
Although the boat safely anchored outside the island.. The waves and wind prevented the tender from being launched
The weather forecast was looking very favourable… but being so open to elements there was no guarantee.. The last time the ship was at this island they had to sail past.. there was no way to safely make it to shore..
Waking up at 4am, Timbo decided to add $10.00 to his skype account and attempt a call to the island.
After adjusting country codes, and typing in 14 more numbers, a distinct British phone ring begun (Ring Ring…….. Ring Ring….. you know?)
On the other end a soft voice answered the phone… Miss Iris Green… the Post Mistress of Tristan Da Cunha
Talking for 10 minutes or so, I enquired if our Christmas packages arrived to Tristan.. She said 6 or so arrived but many went to the wrong island (St. Helena).. and some were still in Cape Town.
I then asked if anyone from the Gulden Leeuw made it ashore..
“Yes, about 45 students are outside my office right now”
Timbo ” If you see a girl that looks like her name may be Allie, can you tell her Dad Called.. Merry Christmas”
About 2 hours later my phone called.. Iris Green let the students use the post office phone to make a Christmas call…
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We made landfall yesterday! Everyone was excited to go and the line for the dingy was long. We were all on land and laying on the grass by 09:00. We were led to the Post Office and Tourism Centre where everyone bough post cards and sent them off to loved ones for Christmas. There was also a small cafe in the centre with a musuem and a family tree of all 270 islanders. This is where we met Dawn and the St. Mary’s students and were taught about the 1961 volcano eruption. Later some students even went on a hike to see said volcano, while the others went exploring. It was very kind of them to open up their stores on their Christmas break. Time flew by and we all had to head back to the ship by 18:30. We set sail by 20:00 and started our journey to Cape Town.
1 day till Christmas! It’s Christmas Eve!