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Location: Atlantic Ocean

The literature review for oceanography class had students working into the wee hours of the morning, some even staying up until their 4-8 am watch. Unexpectedly, the energy level of the group seemed good, if not better than usual today, as I am confident we have all adjusted to being woken up at random hours around the clock. We have learned to adapt to doing homework in rolling waves while people are blasting music in the galley or staying up after a 4-hour watch to try to grind out some work because you are head chef later that day. Today was our second of three days of Emergency First Responder class. Yesterday, we watched several informational videos, and today, we were up on deck acting out scenarios and building our skills like CPR, wound wrapping, SAMPLE history, and abdominal thrusts. We had a good time doing so, but immediately after class, we all rushed back downstairs for the final 2 hours we had to work on our literature reviews, which, for me at least, ended up being quite stressful.
Freddie, Alva, and Emma were our chefs today, and they cooked up some chicken wings with green beans, carrots, fries, and some fresh bread rolls made by Meg, which were all delicious. We briefly passed by another sailboat today and came within 300m of it, so we had a good time getting to know the man over a VHF radio. We are headed towards the continental shelf of South America to follow the current up to Devil’s Island to do our leadership challenge course. I am not exactly sure when we will be there; it might be a few days or a week. All the days seem to blur together when we get into our routine on passage, but I know we are all excited for our challenge, whatever it may be, and to visit some really neat places in the Caribbean pretty soon.
Our squeeze question of the day was, “How many pairs of underwear do you own?” I found it quite interesting to learn that some answers were 0, 5, or 50. The pictures are from the beautiful sunset we saw last night, Tom hammering a cookie sheet back into place that Jake bent in the dishy pit, and us practicing laying down someone who goes unconscious in your arms.
Renner family and friends – I miss you!

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