Thursday 27 March 2008: Heading North
You have seen most sides of our ship now, except for the bow. Right now this bow is abeam of Dakar and heading North. The water temperature dropped seven degrees last night, the wind shifted to the North and the color of the water changed from sparkling blue to, oxygen rich, dark green. The first school of dolphins was spotted this afternoon, but they refused to play with ships which are way too slow for them. The horizon is hazy due to the dust and sand of the Sahara desert in the air. Everywhere on the ship you'll find orange-brown sand and dust. With a strong offshore wind, the Sahara sand sometimes reaches the United States and even from space, these sandclouds can be clearly seen. Everything is changing quickly now and even with an outside temperature of 22 degrees, it feels chilly. But this is just the beginning. Lower temperatures ahead of us!