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calm seas

Nov 2, 2007

Location: underway
Author: Beaker
We were up early today at 6am to leave Agadir. We cast off our dock lines and motored past the many small fishermen out in the bay at sunrise. Today was an important day for the crew; we switched up the watch teams, and began the watch rotation with our new team members. After lunch we had an MTE class and an OCE class. The Atlantic has been extremely calm today, like a lake for most of the morning. It was a great time to sit out on the bow sprit enjoying the company of our new watch team members. Following the lunchtime activities we had a man-over-board drill, we practiced a different technique to last time when we launched the rescue dinghy, today we practiced the figure-8 maneuver under sail, and sent in a rescue swimmer for the final grab. Phil volunteered for the task of rescue swimmer, we tied a line to him and kitted him out in a life vest before he dived in to rescue our large orange buoy! As the boat was hove-to it was then a perfect time for a shower in the Atlantic. The water has been about 62oF for the past few days along the coast of Morocco, possibly due to local upwelling. Today as we motored offshore it jumped back up to our more usual 70oF, making shower time pretty refreshing. We have just had dinner, prepared by Bret and his team, and the watch teams will continue into the night.