Saturday, January 15, 2011

Captain's Blog 1/15/11

With Kennedy moving west our Eastern Standard Time zone is getting a little small-today's sunrise is at 0720. We will live with this minor inconvenience until Tuesday as we steam toward Veracruz, when we retard the clocks one hour, similar to what we do in the fall when we change from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time. I'll likely talk about that on the night we make the change.

This morning was a beautiful crimson dawn, with not a cloud in the sky. With a sunrise temperature of 62, I expect that we will begin to enjoy some warmth from our lower latitude. Boy, you sure didn't know we moved south as you look back at the temps in South Carolina, or even yesterday.

Our efforts to overcome the late departure from Charleston seemed to have been somewhat successful. We were able to find the Gulf Stream counter current at one point off Pompano Beach, but most of the time we at least managed to stay away from the northerly flow averaging well over 16 knots. Once we were south of Miami the currents subsided a little and we managed 17 knots, and finally, after Key West and the Dry Tortugas Ecological Reserve, we jumped up to 18 knots. So, as I write it looks like the planned anchor drills will begin at 1300 this afternoon, and we'll be able to get all three done today.

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