Location: Underway to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean

Another great day of passage, as we continue to head westwards across the Indian Ocean. The swells have subsided a little today and the wind remains fresh as we surf and cruise the waves averaging 8-8.5 kts. Everyone is getting good at downwind steering as we follow the trade winds towards Mauritius. Today’s classes were OCB and MTE. In Marine Biology we concluded our classes on invertebrate taxonomy, and looked at some shells I have collected. Everyone was also issued with a map of Asia to annotate with interesting oceanographically features of our voyage and add to their log book. Everyone’s log books are coming along nicely as the sketch and describe some of their favourite marine organisms. Following classes we had shower time on deck, and then an early dinner, to allow clean up before the sun sets. It’s now 7:30pm and Watch Team 2 has the deck. It is my turn to tell the watch story, tonight about something beginning with “X”. A tricky one, “(e)Xhibition” – I’ll tell them about my trip to the Edinburgh Festival with the “Harston Harmonites” steel band when I was younger!