Location: Underway to Mauritius

Another day on the Indian Ocean is drawing to a close as we sail on toward a beautiful sunset. After two days of intermittent rains, everyone aboard was happy to awaken to sunny skies and steady winds. We passed a huge milestone in our journey today as we crossed the halfway mark on our 2317 nautical mile journey between Cocos Keeling and Mauritius. As our crew has gained proficiency in sailing and settled into the simple routine of passage life, it has become easy to forget the magnitude of our undertaking. Looking at this evening’s position plot on the chart, smack dab in the middle of the ocean is an exciting reminder of our endeavor and fills the boat with a sense of accomplishment. In academic life, students receive back their latest oceanography exams. They gave one-minute impromptu presentations on student leadership development, and those seeking their professional skipper’s license got serious about studying maritime law. Despite the other exciting events on board today, the highlight of everyone’s day was the food! Halle, John, and Griffin made two stellar meals, fried chicken and French fries for lunch and fantastic pizzas for dinner. Now we are settling in, with full stomachs, for another beautiful night of sailing under starry skies.