Location: Underway to Dominica, Transatlantic Day 18, 15*30.35' N 60*12.68' W
Seventy-one miles. That is the distance until we reach our way-point in Dominica. It’s strange to look at our navigation equipment and charts and actually see a destination instead of the sameness of the middle of the ocean. Today was like many of our days on passage, a mixture of downtime and learning. Before lunch, I met with some of our aspiring marine biologists, and we talked about the best ways to find jobs and graduate school opportunities in the competitive world of marine biology. As our provisions of fresh food run low, we get creative with what we have. Kiara, Townes, and Brahm served peanut butter and jelly on homemade bread with a fruit salad on the side! We are excited about Dominica and eating fruit that did not spend a good portion of its life in a can. After lunch, the students learned about climate change in Oceanography class and began to review for their final navigation exam in sailing class. We are all eagerly awaiting the arrival of land and cannot wait to begin showering daily in the crystal, clear Caribbean waters. But I will miss being out on the open ocean, watching birds foraging for fish, dolphins riding our bow, and especially the camaraderie that is established when you have nothing else to do but sail west and enjoy each other’s company.