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Guide to Anchor Watch

By: Justine Hardie

1. Monitor that the ship does not move out of the green radar circle:  bad things will happen. 2. Marvel at how clever the Captain is for translating many maps of  water into numbers and then factoring...

May 2019

Plastic Bottle

By: Marloes and Marcus

In the last couple of days, we covered many miles due to a good amount of wind. The downside of this is that we weren’t able to take daily samples because of this high wind force. Due to high speed, large waves and the...

Twinkle twinkle little star

By: voyage crew

It's not just a trite line in a children's   song.  It's an astonomical phenomenon.  The stars twinkle.  Twinkling is   most noticible on bright stars, like Beetlejuice.  When...

Scientist update #1

By: Marloes and Marcus

As soon as we left Cape Town the manta trawl and plankton net were in the water and since then we’ve been doing daily samples. The first couple of days were really about learning the best methods. This included learning...

(un)interrupted hours

By: Andy Washington

A few hours sleep after dinner or to stay up through to 4am? That  question divides Blue Watch. Some of the younger ones stay up in the  deckhouse playing cards, while the rest of us grab a few hours in our bunks....

April 2019

Scientist update #2

By: Andy Washington

On our 2nd day on St Helena our on board scientist Deborah Robertson -  Andersson kindly asked me to accompany her to visit Sandy Bay. We  collected samples from the beach for her research in Durban into the ...


By: Justine

Squall: (n) A sudden, sharp increase in wind speed that is usually  associated with active weather. Squall: (v) A loud, emotional expletitive in the form of shouting or  crying. We were: settling happily...

Very First Impressions.

By: Justine

Swaying gently, safely harboured in the embrace of Cape Harbour the  excitement is palpable. Akin to the first day of school for many, we are  quick to make our friendly introductions and share pot versions of...

CAPE TOWN arrival

By: Jordi Plana Morales

30th March 2019    Europa made her elegant way overnight under full sail on the light breeze blowing along the South African Coast. In the early morning, a few hours before dawn, Square sails were clewed up,...

March 2019