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I’ve been noticing a rather interesting phenomenon recently. Every so often, our depth sounder will issue a random reading. Since it has a limit of about 300-400 feet, and we’re supposed to be in about 16,000 feet of water, it comes as a rather big surprise when any reading shows up.
The imagination tends to run wild in situations like this, and mine likes to imagine citizens of the deep coming up to greet us. Whales, sharks, big schools of fish or perhaps even a nuclear submarine heading off to parts unknown are all favorite possibilities. So if there are any American sailors below, we send our greetings, if they’re Russian, please steer clear. We know how much you like your vodka. 😉
On the sailing front, we have been zooming along today, heading northwest and dodging squalls left and right. Seriously, there have been at least 15 that have passed us today. Why are we heading north? There are some stronger winds forecasted around 21 deg N latitude tomorrow, so we’re hopping up to 22 deg N. Before handing the boat over to Amy for her night watch, we’ll turn back west and go wing on wing again, letting the wind shoot us almost straight west. That’s the hope at least and we’ll see how well the advance planning plays out!