On-board Diary: Rough Seas Make Good Sailors

Author: Keith Ellenbogen
Date: June 7, 2008



Early this morning with grayish blue skies predominant wind changed direction and is now blowing from the North. With the force of the winds the sea condition changed from calm to moderate/rough. Now swelling with some force (5 -8 ft), the sea swayed the boat, the people and all the equipment from side to side. Starting to get our sea legs each of us found ways of suppressing the feeling of the swaying seas. Sitting on the observation deck, looking towards the horizon, I watched the turbulent winds create abstract forms as it passed through the fraying blue nylon rope and the hair of one of Oceana’s Scientists.

Throughout the night the swell of the seas continued — and anything not secured slid onto the floor.