We awoke to a beautiful sunny morning aboard Sea Cloud for a full day at sea with calm waters. The captain kicked off the morning with an update about the weather conditions and our sail plan for the expedition. Afterward, he narrated the process of setting sails. All the sailors hit the rig and climbed up to loosen the gaskets to set the sails. The decks were alive with fast moving sailors and a pile of ropes. We moved to the bow for some photos and then we gathered on deck to watch all 18 of them set the spanker sail. The rest of our leisurely morning was spent enjoying the ship and taking photos of the sails up and admiring the sailors’ rope art.

In the afternoon, our historian Dr. Thomas Heffernan gave a presentation titled “The Mediterranean World: The Sea and Its Early Peoples”, followed by a tasty afternoon tea with ice cream on the promenade deck. Later, we dressed up in our finest attire for the captain’s welcome cocktail party.