Global: Session 1 - Transatlantic Crossing
Posted: Wed, Jul 25, 2012
Another Day In Rome
Location: Civitivecchia, Italy
Today we started a great day by leaving the Italian coast early to have more time in the fabulous city of Rome, after arriving at Roma Termini (train station) some of us decided to go visit Vatican city and others just to enjoy the traditional roman roads. In the Vatican we learned a lot of new history that we cant wait to share with our friends and family back home, the tourist crowded passage ways made some persons get lost, but don’t worry we all made it back aboard. After walking visiting chapels and museums we got to enjoy real amazing Italian food and delicious Gelato. I was lucky to have a great Carbonara pasta and the best Ice cream I ever had. WE all had a blast exploring Rome getting on and off the Metro was very cool allowing us to visit different parts of Rome as efficiently as possible. After an exhausting day in the great Italian city we took an early train back to the harbor of Civitavecchia enjoying hour last few days together after having navigated for more than 4000 miles. We had a great sunset dinner and we are now cleaning up and ready to have some shore time before we go back to bed.
Posted: Tue, Jul 24, 2012
Veni Vidi Vici
Location: Civitivecchia, Italy
There is no city in the Mediterranean as involved in history as Rome. The home of a monarchy, republic, empire, and now a modern government, Rome has been a staple of Italian culture for many years. Today, the crew of Argo got a chance to explore this great city, and walk in the footsteps of the Caesars, Antonys, and Augustuses of eras past. We began the day with an early 5:30 a.m. wake up which quickly launched itself into a zippy train ride into the city. Our first stop: The Coliseum. This ancient battleground, also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, was one of the main sources of Roman imitation. In this now ruined arena, gladiators would test their mettle against wild beasts and other combatants. Next on our walking tour was the Roman Forum. This area of Rome was, during the Roman Republic and Empire, the center of commerce and culture for the Roman people. Now, it stands as a monument to their past accomplishments. Towering columns lie fallen in the dirt among ruined walls, yet somehow these ruins still show the once great power of Rome. From the still standing Roman Curia (the senate-house), one is able to see the scale of the ruins around it. During the rest of the day, we would see the pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Arch of the Titus, the Arch of Constantine, Piazza Venezia, and the Plaza de Republica. After a long day of trekking around the great city of Rome, we returned to the Stazione Termini and began the crowded train ride home to Civitavecchia. Even with all the amazing things the crew has seen on our voyage, Rome still manages to top the charts as one of the most memorable places we have seen.
Posted: Mon, Jul 23, 2012
The Last Waltz
Location: Civitavecchia, Italy
What an amazing day! Our day had a late start for all (8am!) as we had been on anchor last night. We were awoken to breakfast of awesome chocolaty banana bread baked by Nick and some amazing chorizo prepared by Faloon and the chef team. After a nice and quick clean up we prepped Argo for the quick passage from Porto Ercole to Civitivecchia. We managed to sail off our anchors which is a great feat to accomplish and it set a high note for the rest of the passage. We set sail with a reef in the main, the forward stay sail, and the jib. We were instantly making 9 knots as we plowed through the Med. We ended up completing the 30 mile passage in just over 3.5 hours! Once we pulled in to the harbor we had to pass 6 massive cruise ships and we got to see what the Costa Concordia would have looked like if she were upright because her sister ship was in the harbor. After tying Argo to the dock for the final time we gave her a little bit of TLC as the sky opened up upon us and poured for 3 hours. Thankfully this was the only major rain we had on the trip (knock on wood for our two days in Rome). We had and amazing Italian dinner of pasta alfredo while on the dock and just before clean-up Jim briefed us on what our day in Rome will be like.
Posted: Sun, Jul 22, 2012
Climbing up and Jumping Down
Location: Porto Ercole, Italy
Today has been a cycle of going up and coming down. This morning started early as we woke up to see the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia. The sight of a ship so massive lying belly up in the water was chilling. The sober mood created by this was quickly lifted when we rolled into Porto Ercole. We were unable to dock in the port and spent some time climbing down into our dinghies and riding them to land. After some shopping and a snack in the port we returned to Argo via dinghy and completed the more arduous task of climbing up to the deck. Showers involved us jumping down yet again to play and swim in the waves off the boat. My own personal day was capped off by one last fall, this one accidental, down the companion way (stairs) on my bottom (yes, mom, I swear Im fine, I escaped with only my pride bruised). We will have anchor watch tonight, which means lots of sleep for all of us, as we are only on deck two at a time in one-hour shifts. Tomorrow we make for Civitiveccia just outside of Rome.
Posted: Sat, Jul 21, 2012
Passage from Bonifacio to Isola Del Giglio
Bonifacio is a port that has given sailboats and motor vessels alike, a harbor of protection against rough seas. The tall, steep, cliff sides create a natural barrier from the wind to those who seek refuge inside. The port of Bonifacio is said by many scholars, to be the place where Ulysses, from Homer’s Odyssey, and his fleet were ambushed by the Lastrigonians while avoiding the rough. After eating breakfast today, we went to explore the mountain side of Bonifacio. The cliffs were, for the most part, a sheer two hundred feet drop into rocks and water. The hike showed the not so hidden beauty that Bonifacio holds, from the ancient walls of old town, to the modern waterfront. Upon return to the boat, we began passage preparations for the next, and final, leg of our journey to Rome. Leaving the harbor was difficult due to the fact that we were wedged in between two super-yachts, that if not for the roaming fenders, we would have had a few expensive collisions. We are now on our way to the Giglio Island where the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia capsized, and after that is where we make the last stop of the trip.