Location: underway

We began the day with a quick fuel-up and then set out to the straits of Gibraltar. Everyone was excited to pull out into the Med and see Europe to our starboard, Africa to port, and the Atlantic dead ahead. After an energetic, all-hands effort to raise the sails, watch two carried us through the straits with some musical entertainment from Matt and Simon, which was only interrupted by swarms of flying ants overtaking the deck as we crossed into the ocean around lunchtime. Not to worry, our fearless bosun Dan and his deckies fixed the problem (after I squished most of them with my boots). Our first activity on the ocean was an MTE class on tides, which was most appropriate as we just started experiencing these in Gibraltar, and then an OCE class. Mani and I saw a large sea turtle waving us hello as we came around the coast of Morocco. Kevin made us a delicious dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, which was followed by a simultaneous and heavenly sunset and moonrise. Spirits are high in the salon. Everyone is very excited to get to Africa and work on OCE projects. Watch one has just taken over for a beautiful, moonlit 9-12 pm watch to carry us into tomorrow.