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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!


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

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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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!




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.