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Location: Atlantic Ocean

Hey everyone!
Welcome to another beautiful day aboard Vela. This morning, my watch team and I started the day off with the 8 am -12 pm shift, and it turned out to be more eventful than any of us had anticipated. As several squalls rolled through, we braced for the rain, doing some quick sail-handling work and enjoying the wind they brought with them. At one point, while we were all getting rained on and shuffling around a slippery deck, Will exclaimed, “This weather is great!” without a hint of sarcasm in his voice because he was probably crazy. The weather calmed down after that, but it was not the end of the morning’s entertainment. Upon walking through the salon on a boat check, I found Tom unhappily cleaning his morning’s fruit loops off of basically every surface. Apparently, he was attempting to climb the companionway while holding his mug, and that did not go to plan when he promptly fell off and flung the cereal everywhere.
After that fiasco, the rest of the day went pretty smoothly. We gathered after lunch for the practical skills portion of secondary care (first aid) and got to practice with our friends! Next, we took the Emergency First Response exam and then got some free time to spend our afternoons how we saw fit. I, and several others, used this time to catch up on the sleep that we have been missing while on watch rotation.
Dinner included some awesome naan that everyone was pretty jazzed about, and we finished off the day with a few announcements that mostly pertained to giving Tom a new nickname: fruit loops. Everyone is spending a little extra time appreciating this passage as it is one of our last long ones before officially getting to the Caribbean and having our routines flipped on their heads.
Thanks for reading! Catch y’all in another twenty-three days.
-Stina

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