At 1700 hours local time (10am HST) and pacing at 6 knots, Hōkūleʻa entered the blue waters of the North Atlantic after a 20-month sojourn in oceans south of the equator. She was greeted by clear skies after skirting the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ ) and a warm 12 knot breeze as she danced her way across the equator. The crew will celebrate the crossing by sharing a cup of awa this evening.
Nakua Konohia Lind dipped our stone koʻi (adze) in the deep blue ocean at the equator to commemorate the occasion. All 12 crew members of the Hōkūleʻa and 6 crew members of the Gershon II are doing well and have comfortably adjusted to life on board sea going vessels. We are settling in for a dinner of fried fish of ono after hauling in two 18 pounders on a simultaneous strike. The crew continue to look forward to growing as a family as we journey together.
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