Location: 14 50.55'S 7 52.25'W
As we start to re-accustom ourselves to the sleep, meal, and study schedule of an Atlantic passage, there is newfound energy among Argos crew because today was our first on duty with newly assigned watch teams. Some are bummed to leave friends behind and others excited to learn about new people; either way, Argos signature 3 am watch team conversations (usually revolving around food and sleep but occasionally the nature of human existence and world affairs) are bound to continue and keep us awake during long nights in the cockpit and on bow-watch.
After a lunch of grilled cheese and tomato soup, Carolyn returned our Seamanship exams (which we all passed), and Argos first mate, Dan, (aka Lieutenant Dan) subbed in as teacher for a lecture on VHF radio. In Oceanography, we learned about the underwater highway used by whales to communicate with each other over distances of a thousand miles. (Particularly relevant after our whale sighting on the way into St. Helena) I wonder if, with the right equipment, we can still hear the whale chatter around St. Helena? This afternoon was also our first with an upside-down fisherman as a mainsail (sans boom, of course), and from the looks of the sunset, we might be in for our first fully cloud-less night of watch. Not only are the stars mesmerizingly beautiful, but they also double as a reference point for easy steering on the helm!
With St. Helena well behind us, weve started our passage to Brazil with positive momentum, full stomachs, and a little more of the swagger one might find in a seasoned crew and group of close friends.