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October 15, 2021

Afternoon thoughts

Aleea Crandell, B Watch, Desert Ridge High School


Above: Two beautiful dolphins swimming by. Below: Matt, Allen, Camilla, Aleea, and Kayla out on the bowsprit furling the jib; Aleea (left) and Allen (right) aloft for man overboard drill.

Noon Position
39 deg 34.1’ N,  065 deg 54.6’ W

Ship Heading
165 deg

Ship Speed
6 knots

Taffrail Log
467.2 nautical miles

Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Weather is light breeze, with 2 / 8ths of cumulus clouds. Wind comes from NxE with a force 4. Sailing under the four lowers and plan to continue.

Description of location
Travelling over slope waters, passed by Pickett Seamount. We have now entered international waters.

Souls on board

As I look out into the horizon, I wonder how these days could get any better. Although I have constantly thought to myself:  "Man, I should have worked out more," I find the strain and excitement running though my body invigorating, leaving me wanting more. Pulling on the halyards to bring up the sails is what is most draining, but the most jaw dropping thought of "Wow, I did that!" makes it worth the struggle. Never had I imagined being able to tug on some rope as hard as I can at two in the morning, and be happy while doing it.

These past few days have gone by in such a blur, that I have only just realized what a blessing it is to be here.  The exciting things I have seen have only brought me closer to the idea of finding more. I wake up every day excited to find something new to tell the people I love.  For example, I saw a turtle! From where we're at now it is less likely to see a sea turtle, so I'd like you all to remember who saw the first one. Not only have I seen a turtle, I have also seen multiple dolphins! (Or as I like to think of it, multiple Bonnies. I say that because my mom has always said she would be a dolphin if she could be any animal.)

As I find new things to love about the ocean, I am also filled with thoughts about returning home. I find myself thinking maybe the boat life isn't for me, but I am filled with joy knowing I am in the right place at the right time and beyond blessed to be experiencing these things while I still can. Happy birthday dad! Thank you for making my dreams come true. I can't wait to tell you about it when I see you again. I miss you all so dearly and will forever love you; God only knows what I'd be without you (Beach Boys wink ), thank you for everything. I'll see you in a while crocodiles.

With peace and love,
- Aleea Crandell, B Watch

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#1. Posted by Bonnie on October 16, 2021

We absolutely loved your afternoon thoughts Aleea. Every morning we look forward to reading the post and viewing pictures. Be safe and safe voyages.

#2. Posted by Kristin Dennewill on October 16, 2021

Thank you all for keeping us updated with your blog - we are reading it daily! I’m sure I speak for most parents when I say we are missing our kids (Ava-xoxo) but are living vicariously through your adventures and can’t wait to get a full download (with pics) when you land back home.
Have fun, keep each other safe, learn lots, & please keep writing!

#3. Posted by Gramps on October 16, 2021

I’m happy for you and glad you’ve got your sea legs. I want to hear all about your adventures when you get home
Love you Gramps

#4. Posted by Bonnie Crandell on October 19, 2021

Dang girl I miss you. I so happy you are learning new things about yourself. It’s so fun to read about everyone’s perspective on the blog and their experiences. The science you and your crew mates are interesting to read about. Lean in and have the best time, I know you will.  Love you tons and tons mom



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