We are making our way south in the Indian Ocean and are experiencing all that the Intertropical Convergent Zone has to offer. The different weather patterns from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, along with variable winds and the opposing current, have made for a relatively difficult and slow 24 hours. We have made it throughout the first few squalls and are looking to more favorable conditions ahead. Life onboard has gone back to studying and getting some rest before our watches. The girls of the foc’sle have taken the lead in cabin inspection, a surprise to all. Tomorrow there are two birthdays, Jessica’s and Kevin’s, and I’m sure we are all looking forward to the cake that is often associated with birthdays.