Well, this is the last land-based post. We’re scheduled to depart this afternoon and we have the trade winds on our side. We’ve been doing last minute preparations–going over the mechanics of the boat, doing laundry and securing down the gear. We’ll be sailing over 1,000 nautical miles straight through the North Pacific Gyre into the heart of the garbage patch where Captain Moore said we can expect to see water bottles, toothbrushes, umbrella handles and thousands of plastic fragments.
We’ll start our first night watches tonight–having two people stay awake in four hour shifts steering and watching for oncoming boats. Captain Moore assured us that last night was the last good night’s sleep we’ll have in a while.
And I want to thank everyone who has supported me as I head out to sea–from Twitter followers to Spot.us donors, the response to this project has been overwhelming. Know that I’m thinking of you all and will tweet and blog as much as possible while at sea.
All the best,