A Science Project, The Crew’s Role

Expedition Sailboat Morgan's Cloud steams through ice in West Greenland
The science project we are engaged in has pushed Phyllis and me hard. For us, 12 hour days have been the norm and several have stretched to 18 hours.

Yesterday was typical. The morning starts early for me, as usual, with analyzing the weather (more on how in a future post), then it is up anchor and off to cross 25 miles of ice fjord. Phyllis and I alternate every fifteen minutes between steering Morgan’s Cloud through 3/10 berg ice and watching the forward scan sonar like a hawk.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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