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27 November – Happy Thanksgiving America

22 36.10 N 42 05.69 W Happy Thanksgiving America! We celebrated this holiday with three of our American shipmates – Diana, Shanley & Jenna. For many, it was their first Thanksgiving and although there was no turkey or “tofurkey” in sight, the occasion was complete with pancakes and the last of our fresh fruit (Eek!). […]

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Wednesday 26 November — Leaving the Tropic of Cancer

23 00.36 N 40 55.11 W Today is a very special day: we have reached the half way point in our journey! 1300 miles crossed and we have officially entered the tropics, leaving the Tropic of Cancer behind. Funny enough we were greeted with strong winds, choppy waves and frequent squalls that brought back memories […]

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Tuesday 25 November – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sea Dragon But Were Afraid to Ask

Today on the blog, our resident engineer, Jenna, geeks out on Sea Dragon’s infrastructure, specifications, and operations. There are fourteen of us living on the 72 foot sailboat, with about 600 square foot of living space below. The deck, made up of a large cockpit area near the center, also contains the main sheet (rope […]

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Sunday 23-Monday 24 November — Flying Fish, a Last Supper and Fragments of Time

24°45.25’N 33°26.65’W Overnight, a new passenger joined us on board.  One of the Atlantic’s liminal flying fish, existing magically in the borders between air and sea, fetched up on deck – to the great delight of our master dissector Diana.  A late night analysis of the creature’s stomach contents showed an all-natural last meal.  There […]

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Monday 24 November — Going With the Flow

24°42.91’N 33°43.73’W As the sun rises on our tenth day at sea, we watch shearwater seabirds glide over the waves sitting on deck (a.k.a. Elaine’s Café) sharing stories over the steaming coffee complete with cinnamon brewed by our resident coffee aficionado, Elaine. Life aboard Sea Dragon has achieved some semblance of order and we finally […]

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Saturday 22 November – Pancakes, Progress, Plastics

Saturday 22nd November 2014: Sea Dragon 25 53.53 N 28 25.52 W 780 miles down! After the storms of the past six days we had a beautiful Sunday morning with relatively calm seas, we got busy cleaning the boat, our laundry and ourselves. Lucy made pancakes – a special treat for those on watch – […]

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Friday 21 November – Harsh Weather, A Close Call & ‘Me-Search’ update

Thursday night presented the very harshest conditions yet. After breaking the yankee and tearing the staysail, the wind continued to pick up until it was 30 knots gusting 40 kts with a deep swell. The skies were pitch black and moonless as squall after squall hit us presenting challenging conditions at the helm. At around […]

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Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 November – 1200 27°25.88N 22°42.26W

The sea conditions, like a giant washing machine, have locked our “dragon” onto a point of sail too tilted and unstable to do anything but basically follow our daily routines. Malin commented that the sensation of the boat’s motion made her feel drunk and Jen felt it was akin to being in a washing machine! […]

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Anchors Away and They’re Off!

After months of planning and a week of intense preparation and educational activities at port in Lanzarote Marina, Seadragon’s Crew finally set sail Over the next three weeks we’ll be posting scientific findings, journal blogposts and updates on the state of the ocean and the plastics and micro-plastics as we sail. Exxpedition’s land crew member […]

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