A+ World Academy

Update from our Dean - near Tangier

By Emily | Nov 26, 2019 |

A + World Academy is sailing with the fully-rigged tall ship Sørlandet for the fifth school year. We will cross the Atlantic and the Equator several times before returning to Kristiansand - her home port - in May 2020. Below you can read an update from the Dean.

Dear A+ Families and Friends,

Yesterday started off with a deep clean. For deep cleans, classes are canceled and everyone pitches in to help take care of our home. The students did a fantastic job, and deep clean was actually completed in record time, allowing everyone to get a chance to get a little bit of last minute studying in before taking the Maritime exam. The Maritime exam contained two parts: written and practical application. The written portion was an hour long and required the students to recall knowledge they had been taught on watch, in the maritime class, and during their basic and fire safety courses. The practical test consisted of four different stations: sail handling, mooring, knots, and life rafts. The students didn’t know which of the four stations they would be sent to, so they needed to make sure to prepare for all four. After completing the written exam, students anxiously awaited to find out which station the fates would send them to. Most desperately wanted knots, and by far, the least favorite was the mooring station. 

After all the students had completed the Maritime exam, everyone got to breathe a sigh of relief and begin preparations for the Thanksgiving Day celebration. The Holiday Club kindly cut out Thanksgiving turkey hands for everyone, which are hand cutouts, typically decorated to look like turkeys, and have statements written on them about what people are thankful for. We did a variation of it, where people randomly chose a cutout hand that had a name on it. The person that drew the hand, then needed to write what they were thankful for about the person they drew.  People could then decorate the hand as they liked. 

For dinner, everyone came down into the banjer and then sat where they saw their cutout hand. They could then read the nice notes about themselves and guess who wrote them, while waiting for their table to be called to get food. Dinner was absolutely delicious and many students were joking that they were going to go into a food coma from being so full. Much thanks needs to be given to the amazing Galley Department that made the dinner possible.

Tomorrow we will be arriving in Tangier. On the 27th, the students will go on a Cultural Tour that will include camel riding, the Hercules Caves, Cap Spartel Lighthouse, Medina, Souk, an authentic Moroccan lunch, and more. The 28th is a shore leave day, so the students can go out and explore the area. No watch will be on duty during the shore leave period, due to it being the only shore leave opportunity for the students while in Tangier.

This port is also where GG and I switch. I am rotating to work from home, and GG is coming onboard. We will then switch again in Cabo Verde after Christmas. Thank you all for being such wonderful support of the program, and if I don’t get a chance to say it before rotating back on in Cabo Verde, have a very merry holiday season!

Best Wishes,

Emily J. Waugh

Dean of School