We started our day with a pule, a prayer, by our navigator Kālepa Baybayan, giving thanks for the abundance of blessings and opportunities that have been given to us. Scrambled eggs are on the breakfast menu this morning as well as many different stories shared by each crewmember. Both fishing lines are in the water; but no fish yet.
Each watch is split into 4-hour increments of 6-10, 10-2, and 2-6. I have the honor and kuleana to be the watch captain for the 10-2 watch. Our main responsibility, other than steering, has been to fix our eyes on the horizon for ships and boats since we are making our way through a heavy shipping traffic lane. Winds and the ocean have been very calm, which has been a blessing so that we have time to get our sea legs under us and also get to know one another at a deeper level.
Last night, our apprentice navigator gave an impromptu stargazing class as he pointed out many stars, their names, and their purposes. Since departure yesterday from Natal, Brazil, we estimate to have travelled about 130 nautical miles, moving at an average of 6 to 7 knots in the direction of Manu Hoʻolua. The crew is in good spirits and good health. A hui hou.
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