Location: Underway to the Azores

Its up to you if you sink or swim. Just keep the faith that your ship will come in. Its not so bad.
And I say way-hay-hay, its just an ordinary day, and its all your state of mind.
At the end of the day, you just have to say its alright -Ordinary Day by The Great Big Sea.

As today was our first day of being on watch rotations, I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we started it with whatever semblance of refreshment we could muster from as much sleep as we managed.

Watches varied through the night, and the days blended somewhat together, but I feel it worth it to mention the lavender sky watch team 1 got as we shifted into nightfall. One of the most amazing things we have the opportunity to witness is the night sky without light pollution. I dont believe Ive ever seen the moon so bright.

As we moved into the morning, the cool night air turned to the beating hot sun, so characteristic of tropical waters. When our first squall of the day came, I had never felt so rejuvenated. Naturally, back around Vancouver, B.C., were simply used to the rain, but this brought more relief than just some homely weather. During our daily appreciation at dinner today, almost everyone mentioned the squalls.

Wed been seeing lightning off our starboard side since yesterday, but today, we finally began to hear it. Distinct bolts and sounds of thunder only came in recently. Then the weather really started to hit.

Now, in order to protect our night visibility, all lights are red during nighttime. It makes sense in theory but certainly didnt help the ominous feeling that had settled over the ship.

Lightning flashed nearly constantly, and the sounds of thunder were louder and closer. We were in a race against the storm. We preemptively shut off our electricals and filled up water bottles and jugs in case we couldnt draw more water. The student crew helped to manage anything down below that we could while the staff braved the storm above deck and guided us to safety.