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Indian Cruising, Nothing in Sight

Oct 6, 2009

Location: Underway to Cocos Keeling in the Indian Ocean
Author: Michael O’Keeffe
Today has been a fairly regular day of watches, I was on from 0300 until 0600 which included sunrise. The sunrise coincided with the moon fall this morning which was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. The unmatched break of the day makes me really think about my time out at sea, and instill a sense of accomplishment and awe for where I am and what we, the entire crew and staff of Argo are doing. We are undertaking a huge task, crossing the Indian Ocean, though sometimes seems a bit less daunting because of the way it is broken up. The day was filled with classes, PSCT where we learned about planning a passage which I have done before but will do again in much further detail. We also had a class in Oceanography in plate tectonics, which I always enjoy. What is most amazing is that with every hour we get closer to being in the middle of the Indian Ocean, and effectively the middle of nowhere. There has been a lot of studying for me the past few days, but nothing more than an average college day. Watch is back on tonight at 2100, which is my least favorite watch but I am sure that everyone one on my watch is looking forward to the story that I have prepared, watch team two (Beaks, Kris, Joe, Louis, Louise, Grace, Nora and I) have started to tell stories which correspond to the letters of the alphabet, I have the letter P tonight. Maybe a story about Paris is in order. Good night all.