Location: 16 45.0'N 054 20.6'W
Today began with the 0800 watch for Watch Team 3. Freddie came up around then and turned off the engine as he needed to change the oil. We slowly came to a stop and began simply drifting with the current. Freddie turned to Sam and me and said, “Do you want to go wake people up?” in total confusion I looked at Sam before realizing, we were going swimming! We ran downstairs half shouting “get up! We’re jumping off the boat!” Everyone leapt out of bed, threw on their bathing suits, and we were all on deck within minutes. We jumped in twelve at a time and swam in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The water was deep blue and we could see so much beautiful empty space. The depth on the chart read 5000 meters. That is by far the deepest area I have ever swam in.
After we all got out of the water and sun dried, the other watch teams went downstairs to finish watching Lord of the Rings. My watch team stayed on deck where we raised the jib and flying jib. After watch, we sat down to eat Kendra’s incredible carrot and ginger soup! We then went to class, Marine Bio and Oceanography. Afterwards, we split off. Some continued to attempt to finish Lord of the Rings, some practiced chart work, I read a book on racing. For dinner, Kendra made Jerk Chicken with Couscous. Now we’re cleaning up and preparing for PSCT. We’re currently learning about Tides and Currents. We’re not too far from the Caribbean now and I know we are all anxious to get there. However, I have come to love the night watches and am savoring the last of our Atlantic crossing.
Jack, I can’t wait to call you and hear about everything you’ve done since we left the Canary Islands. Uncle Fred, don’t worry we’re on course, all is well, and I miss you! Mom and Dad, thank you for supporting me and letting me have this adventure. I love you all dearly.
Photo 1: Emerson, Garrett, Helga, Bubba, Joe, James, Liz, Arden, Clara, and Jamie swimming
Photo 2: Kendra, Grace, Declan, Sam, Zoe, Akiva, Sav, Charles, Celia, and me
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