Location: Underway to Dominica, Transatlantic Day 4, 26*05.24'N 24*15.21'W
Day 62 began with a cloudless overnight watch for team two. It was the first opportunity on this passage for good stargazing, but unfortunately, a haze of iron-rich dust blowing off the Sahara continued to obscure the faint stars. Despite blocking out some stars, the earth is a nice illustration of the inter-connectedness of global ecosystems. Although I am hoping for some clearer nights in the future, the dust will continue to ride the trade winds with us across the Atlantic, where it will help fertilize the Caribbean waters and the new world rain forests. It also made for a nice soft sunset at the day’s close. Today’s watches were made all the more pleasant by a hearty snack created by Trixi, which she referred to as muddy buddies. It’s a delicious but messy mix of cereal, peanut butter, and chocolate. The sugar rush ensured no one was sleepy while piloting Argo through the night. The remainder of our day was typical of a relaxed ocean passage day. After lunch, Jess taught a marine biology lecture on marine reptiles and birds. Then Kevin led a lecture on meteorology for the students taking the optional PSCT yacht master course. Most everyone else used the opportunity to bask in the ever-warmer sun before settling back into the afternoon watch routine. During our traditional before-dinner squeeze, it was again my turn as ‘skipper’ to ask the question. I asked everyone to relate a brief and fun story in which they had the thought, ‘so this is what my life has come to.’ It created quite a few laughs but also reminded me that our time together is quickly winding down. My return to the position of ‘skipper’ today marks the beginning of our final rotation of the job wheel and served as a reminder to all our crew to make the most of the next 28 days.