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LandFall Tristan Da Cunha !

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

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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…

Very Cool!


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Gulden Leeuw

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!


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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