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Location: Atlantic Ocean

As we near Fernando with only two days and some change left, the whole boat becomes a bit tired of passage and is ready for some land. During this passage, we have all gotten a little bit feistier and had a couple of noticeably moody days. The food this passage had been tremendous, with countless great meals (notable ones are buffalo chicken mac and cheese, baked ziti, and chicken enchiladas). Today has been quite an interesting one, with many cases of rogue flying fish, huge squalls, and five rainbows. Starting the day with the 12-4 watch, Tom, Kip, and Nate investigated the horrible smell entering the salon. Around the time 3:30 am a rotting flying fish in the ventilation system into the salon was found. All three boys are very proud of their discovery and have been bragging about how good of a detective they are. A little later into the night, during the 4-8 watch, a small but mighty fish flew over the cockpit and landed in the scuppers by Alva. With Alva’s quick reflexes, she picked it up and threw it overboard in time to keep the little guy alive. About an hour later, as I was meandering my way to the bow while doing a deck check, I came across a murder scene with a girthy, well-rounded flying fish. Through a thorough investigation by Detective DRIZZ, I came to the conclusion of suicide. Guts and scales were everywhere, it had seemed he flew himself into the foc’s’le hatches, and nearly exploded himself. As the sun started to come up, some rain from distant squalls started to hit, and the first rainbow hit. Shortly after the small rainbow that could barely be seen, a double rainbow showed up off the starboard side of the bow. Emma truly showed her love for rainbows by screaming and uncontrollably smiling.

Throughout the day, we have had many squalls, with hatches being shut and re-opened countless times. In class, we all got a chance to hail Nick over the VHFs and practice writing Mayday calls. After that, during our 2-6 downtime, Mads and Christina finished editing their first podcast with my amazing emo vocals as finishing touches. During dinner, another double rainbow appeared behind us, as well as a small squall. This led to some watery mac and cheese and, shortly after, relocating to the salon for a squeeze. My squeeze question was, if you were to crash-land onto a new planet, what two people from the boat would you take? Some notable people who were chosen multiple times were Freddie for practicality (not humor), Conor for agriculture, and Laszlo for just being Laszlo. I was chosen once, along with Jake, to be Allies’ sacrifice to whoever lives on the planet.

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