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Location: Atlantic Ocean

Today is our first full day back in the Northern Hemisphere. It might sound silly, but it’s kind of like home for Vela’s crew. The night was another one of motoring through what is probably a very thin belt of the doldrums but filled with patchy rain and high-level lightning. It is the first lightning we have had since Cape Town, and the eerie sheet flashes across the upper-level clouds caused a few onboard to worry about the possibility of aliens above us! Sunrise shone a golden orange across the calm seas and sparkled through the confused clouds to the East, with the ever-talked-about ‘forb’ gracing us at 0730.
After Nate and co sent up a delicious lunch, made all the more remarkable by being early, we headed down to the saloon for our first introduction to Emergency First Response. This is a relatively broad first aid course that is required when we start as PADI rescue divers. As I also needed to redo it for further diving qualifications, I had the pleasure of joining all of them for class and, with an offering of gummies, was welcomed by the regular occupants of the port forward table. Once Meg had wrapped up the knowledge reviews with us, Vela’s crew went about a variety of tasks: exercising and working out, Tom leading a big game of Catan, finishing Oceanography lit reviews, or just hanging out on deck with those on other watches. Another big excitement of the afternoon was announced by Steph after lunch: we get to change our sheets today! Always a happy occasion in the tropics.
Nate, Will, and Steph served up another wonderful meal, early again, for supper. Afterward, we all shared happy thoughts from the day and where would make a perfect weekend away. The sunset on a happy crew, spirits high, excited for the wind due to fill in tomorrow.
Cheers to Mads for the photos!

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