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Up Against the Trade Winds

06/20/2010, 7:32 PM by Lollie Garay
Arrr Matey!<br/><br/>Credit: lollie garay
Arrr Matey!
Photo Credit: lollie garay

June 20

Lat/Long: 11.17N 56.40W


We’ve spent 2 days in an area of the plume rich in DDA’s. A large amount of water sampling, coring and plankton tows went on around the clock. After the last sediment coring, we headed out to our last ocean station.


The transit turned out to be one of the rockiest so far. Our route put us heading directly against the trade winds! All through the night the ship’s movement was bouncing everyone around. Sadly, that continued ALL DAY today, and slowed our travel to 9 knots. (see video clip)


White caps are visible as far as you can see, and the seas are rough. Between the motion and the heat (still no AC), it was not a smooth transit. I was unable to work on the computer all day due to the rolling, so I spent most of the day outside writing posts and taking pictures. Watching the seas as we fought our way against the wind I could feel how “alive” the ocean is- the energy in it was palpable!


By nightfall we had had enough of the rocking and rolling! Time to distract the mind.A planned cook-out was canceled due to all the wind and motion. Plan B?A Pirate Dance Party : If you can’t stop the movement, then move with it! Makeshift pirate attire was created and for a little while the strain of the day was lifted.


Lest we forget, Christine and Victoria worked on a great Father’s Day banner that was hung in the Mess. Happy Father’s Day to you out there!


We have precious few science days left to work, so the schedule will accelerate rather than slow down when we reach our station. On the upside, we’ll have the wind on our backs after this multiple day station.


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