Nov 8, 2018

Class Afloat Open SailsThough all of us floaties are different, my day starts around 0730, waking up to the sound of Collin’s elevator music gracefully flowing through the galley doors, later nestling itself into my sleep deprived ears. Indubitably, anyone would leap out of bed to relieve themselves from the torture of listening to another minute of that music. From then on it is go time; I must get up, take my chances and pray that one of the two showers are vacant, put my clothes on, then devour my breakfast. This is all done before we muster for colours, a time where I finally have a chance to take a breath. At colours we do role call, ensuring that no one has vanished in their sleep, later going over our plans for the day, and revealing any new announcements. We then assemble in to our watch groups, split up into different sections of the boat, and scrub off all the previous days filth, accounting for every inch.

Our schedules begin at 0900, unless one is blessed with a first period spare; in that case, one has a much-needed chance to regain some lost sleep. Each day has five periods, consisting of classes, watch, and free period. After five days, the schedule has gone through a full rotation, and therefore begins to repeat itself.

Classes here are nowhere close to comparable to an ordinary class setting. Our walls are curtains, making it a win-win scenario for gaining information not only in our scheduled class, but also the neighbouring class; I am used to hearing about precalculus problems in my left ear, while George Orwell sneaks over the curtain and makes his way into my right. Sometimes a gust of wind will throw the boat to the side, tossing books and papers off the table, simultaneously forming a pile of students at the end of a bench. These distractions certainly create difficulties, especially when writing exams, but I am confident that they will only build resilience, making linear algebra classes next year a breeze.

Hard At Work Ryan hard at work in Oceans class. Do not fret, our teacher, Siobhan was quick to get him to his feet.

Watch is work time on the boat, at least for those who don’t slack off. I may or may not be one of these people; it changes from day to day. Various tasks must be completed during watch: rust busting and painting; setting, maneuvering, or furling sails; charting in the bridge; or safeguarding the ship by keeping lookout and doing regular checks. Being watch leader is a coveted position among my watch, initiating a frenzy of students who would fight for the death for the position if it weren’t for the humble first officer Adriaan settling us down. This position basically makes you the captain while on watch. Sort of.

I envision myself swinging from lines from the top of the masts, hair flying in my face, fighting off pirates with swords and cannons, and sliding, slicing down the main sail with a knife, just like captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. This is at least until the captain comes up from behind, waking me up to give me a command, snapping me back to the dismal reality where the time has come to record data in the log book.

Climb The Sails My dreams becoming a reality. I am just lacking the long hair.

After dinner, when all homework is complete, it is time to kick off our boots; or so to speak since we’re required to wear shoes at all time aboard the ship. This is a time where everyone settles into their own niche among the diverse, constantly fluctuating, Gulden Leeuw ecosystem. Some nestle in to a movie, sharing laughs at old classic, regardless of having home origins on opposite sides of the globe. Others sing, write, or paint, expressing their feelings while blowing off steam from a hard day’s work. I spend most of my free time conversing with friends, reciting stories from back home, or reminiscing about new ones which are ceaselessly created day to day. By now, everyone here understands just about everything there is to know about each other.

Open Book Penelope (left) and Nyre (right) creating beautiful pieces of art with pastels, one of the many activities enjoyed aboard.

The student mechanics and functionality onboard the Gulden Leeuw are ineffable. The only ones who truly understand it are its inhabitants. Though all machines need maintenance, our society works as a well-oiled one; each of us students the gears, interminably operating, day and night, playing our part whether it be small or large, all to keep it running smoothly.

class-alfoat-open-sails-400.jpgCaption: The stunning Gulden Leeuw swiftly gliding through the warm, saline water, soaking up the sunset of coastal Spain. The best English teacher in existence, Marylin and others launched the lifeboat for the photoshoot.

 

Jeremy Oestreicher
October 2, 2018
Jeremy Oestreicher, a 19 year old gap year student from Edmonton, is currently completing a full year at sea with Class Afloat. In this piece, Jeremy is reflecting upon a typical day on board the Gulden Leeuw.

Destinations

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The Marina at Blind ChannelOne of my favourite places

By Marianne Scott

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Boat Reviews

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With a light displacement of almost 28,000 lbs, this is a big boat. In fact, it looks and feels more like a small ship than a big boat.

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Beneteau Oceanis 46.1By Andy Adams and John Armstrong

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The yachting world has now recognized the Oceanis 46.1 as being just such a worthy successor. On January 19th, 2019, the Oceanis 46.1 won the highly regarded title of European Yacht of the Year in the “Family Cruiser” category.

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“This transition from our previous International Yacht Training (IYT) certification to RYA is a huge benefit to our students as it provides them certification that is known globally as the gold standard for yacht training.  The RYA requires training centres to undergo annual inspections of their vessels, business practices and training delivery in order to maintain a strong standard and guarantee a high quality experience for students. 

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Marine Products

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