Location: Elba

Today the hard-working crew got some well-deserved rest. We were woken up at 7:40. At 8:00, everyone was up on deck and ready for breakfast. Scrambled eggs and hash browns were consumed. Once breakfast and clean up was finished, we had our last sailing lesson before our ICC exam. Faloon, our enthusiastic teacher, had organized a game of Jeopardy to test our extensive knowledge of sailing. Naturally, we excelled and had a good time. We were then allowed to visit the small town of Elba. Upon arrival we realized that most of the restaurants and all the shops were closed, we then realized that it was 10:40. So we walked around and discovered the quaint town of Elba. With its many cafeĀŽs and small restaurants, Elba comes across as a very peaceful town, where life is slow and relaxed. When the clock struck noon, we walked towards the closest restaurant and tried some of the local specialties. I had a Calzone con fungi accompanied by coca cola. It was delicious. After lunch, we were ferried back to the boat on the dinghies. When we got back, it was shower time. We got the chance to do some insane backflips off the bow of the boat while insisting it was necessary for showering. Straight after showering we watched a film about Irving Johnson. In the film, he was describing his crossing of the North Sea, the Atlantic, around cape horn and finally arriving in Chile. He was one of the most famous sailors of all time. Today also happens to be one of our shipmates birthdays, Andrew Kurtz. We were treated to a cake made of cookie dough and brownies iced with Nutella. I don’t think I’ll be able to stand up after writing this because of all the chocolate I ingested. Tomorrow we hope to visit the wreck of the Costa Concordia. We are all very excited.