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Indian Ocean Squall

Nov 3, 2009

Location: Underway to South Africa in the Indian Ocean
Author: Nora DeKeyser
Today started out like any other normal day on passage. We spent most of our time with our watch teams and the rest of the day in Marine Biology class and celebrating Gaylin’s birthday. About an hour before dinner rain started coming down extremely hard. The wind soon picked up as well. Next came the lightning, thunder and waves. We suddenly found ourselves in an intense squall with 60 knot winds. I have never seen anything like it! I was scared at first by the immense wind speeds, but soon learned that squalls can be very exciting if you are careful. We had to take down all of the sails except for the forward staysail because the wind was so strong. The night was full of rolling waves, endless rain and extreme excitement. The good news is that we all stayed fairly dry on watch and by morning the storm had passed. It was really one of my favorite days of this trip.