Author: Ned King
Location: Underway to Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean
The day started out just as most days have during this passage across the Atlantic, however it brought an element of the ocean which we were glad to see finally arrive. The absence of hull vibration from our 400 horsepower 'D-Sail" and the increased fluid rolling of the ship told me before I got on deck that we were surely sailing. The long awaited wind brought cooling relief as it swept away the heat from the sweltering sun as it beat down on the deck. It was nice to finally spread out in the cockpit, rather than huddle down in the sparse shade that we had. Though there have been a few episodes of wind through this past week, today is the first full day of propulsion by the SE Trade Winds, and were making significant way. Were currently doing about 5 knots and weve only been getting faster. With any luck, well hopefully be able to sail the rest of our course to the islands of Fernando de Noronha.
As we escape the suns relentless heat and escape to the air conditioned salon and cabins, weve had plenty to keep us busy in the academic realm of our voyage. From marine biology papers to studying for a seamanship exam to preparing engineering presentations, shipmates have had enough on their plate to keep the salon tables littered with books and binders. Though I doubt anyone is feeling the classic college "crunch, its simply a reality of class on-board. With our ETA being only 4 days away, I know some people, including myself, are itching to explore a new place on land again. As gorgeous as the oceans night sky and sunset may be, Im personally excited to start port-hopping along the coast of South America. Especially after another long passage, Im greatly looking forward to that phone call home to check in with family and a belated happy valentine to my girlfriend. I cant wait to for the voyages upcoming adventure and with any luck a good amount of breeze!