For the past five days, we have been in sailing mode to get to a lower latitude as soon as possible because strong low pressure systems kept on coming. On our way to Hawaii, we are still collecting our samples and data (plastic, micro plastic, fibers…). Nikolai, the expert who maps the plastic accumulation zones (great garbage patch…) provided us the location of one of the major trails of micro that leads to the garbage patch gateway. We have been sailing in the trail but we still don’t know if we would be able to make it to the gateway, which is a little more north and would bring us in the storm path.
We have to wait until we get closer and hope to get a weather window to sail to it.
We caught our biggest mahi-mahi, it weighed 3.5 kg and was 80 centimeters long, not counting the tail.
Now, instead of spending 8 hours swimming, I spend my full day at the helm. I am still close to the ocean but instead of being in it a part of it I am just an observer of its surface, this is where the ocean meets our world.
Tomorrow we will reach a milestone, we are going to pass the dateline.