Position: 41º 27.27′ N 69º 28.14′ W
I had a conversation with a coworker just before I left about how fresh
the ocean air smells. I was recalling the S. Indian ocean and the
rarefied, pristine lungfulls I consumed there. When the sun finally came
out this morning, I opened the hatches and took a deep breath of that
memory. It’s good to be underway again.
The first day out was a bit lumpy but we made good speed. Despite some
seasickness, the younger crew delightedly leaped to the pilothouse when
I sounded the whale alert this morning. We had a large pod (perhaps two
dozen) humpbacks around us. They were enjoying what looked like a
bountiful breakfast. At one point a juvenile swam right up to us and
dove under Eva.
We are off Cape Cod right now, and hope to be crossing the Gulf Stream
in a lull, mid-day tomorrow. After that, we may be motoring for a while.
All is well.