Location: 3 54.80'S 100 21.00'W

Howdy Folks,

Today marks our fourth day out from the Galapagos, and we are well on our way to the middle of the Pacific Ocean! It’s difficult to fathom the size and length of this passage, a passage that has just begun. When I told my friends and family about this trip before boarding Argo in January, this epic passage was one of the things I highly stressed. I couldn’t imagine what the conditions, passage life, and challenges of the voyage would be, and honestly, I still can’t. All I know is that I can’t wait for the new challenges and experiences to come!

My day today started with a nice 12 AM-4 AM watch, followed by a solid nap in our 80-degree cabin, redeemed by a tasty bowl of corn flakes with chopped banana for breakfast. After sitting through an invigorating Marine Biology lecture, the crew was treated to some sail action: handling and raising the sails for the first time in what seems like forever. Not having raised sail since Colombia, it was good to see our three boom sails back in action. As the sails raised, one could see the crew’s energy and spirits raising with them.

The rest of the day passed without incident as we sailed along in light winds, shaded by the clouds. We’ve been learning about the wind, waves, and currents in Oceanography lately, and it’s been neat to be able to apply our newfound knowledge to the weather and water literally surrounding us. Everyone aboard remains in good health and high spirits! The crew has an overall feeling of anticipation, waiting for the feel of twenty days spent at sea to hit home.

Shoutouts to Papa, Mom, Dad, Graham, Audrey, and Winnie. Miss you all!

Thanks for reading!

Ben Soofer

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