Today we sailed out from Porto Grande. We were lucky to see the stunning port under a blue sky and bright warm sun. During the day a Fire Drill and Abandon Ship Drill was performed. All the people on board participated in these drills. This required that everyone go on to the upper deck, close to the Masters’ Bridge. Each crew member name was called out to check that no one is missing. Every person got a life jacket and was then shown how to evacuate the ship in case of such an emergency takes place.
It will take a couple of days until we reach our target area, right in the centre of the Atlantic Ocean, along the equatorial line. Till then, the different groups are doing the final checks on their instruments, and also go through the deploying procedure. The atmosphere on board is somewhat relaxed, however, everyone knows that tough work will be with us shortly.