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One of those weird things that I never really thought about before we set off on this Atlantic crossing was changing time. Sure, I had done lots of calculations and projections on how much time it would take us to complete the passage, but the fact that we’d be crossing FIVE time zones never really entered the picture.
So it kind of hit me by surprise when sunrise kept gradually getting later and later in the morning. Usually, when I step off a plane somewhere new, my phone will automatically update with the new time zone, putting me right on schedule, even if I have to fight a bit of jet lag. As you can imagine, we haven’t had cell reception in quite some time, and they don’t exactly paint a bright yellow line in the water announcing you’ve arrived in a new time zone, so we’re in the unique position of getting to make our own time.
I did have the foresight to download a map of the world that roughly shows where the lines are for the various time zones, but what we decided was that we wanted to try and keep sunrise between 7 and 8 o’clock in the morning in order to align with our on watch shift changes. We started out on UTC time in the Canaries which meant that yesterday the sun rose a bit past 8 o’clock, so mid day we adjusted our clocks an hour back to compensate. It felt pretty neat to be the master of time, and we should get to do it 4 more times in order to reach US East Coast/Bahama time in advance of our arrival. The hope is that since it will be gradual, there will be no severe jet lag and wouldn’t that be nice?!