35 kilometers

Reported currents at the 7 pm surfacing were nearly due east, running 12 cm/sec.  Scarlet is doing a bit over 15 cm/sec relative to the water.  A good speed at this stage.  We'll hold the waypoint for this 7 pm to 3 am segment, and again for the 3 am to 11 am segment.  Then we'll shift the waypoint north 15 minutes and run parallel to the northeast velocity vectors in the satellite altimetry. 

Distance to the Spanish EEZ is 35 km.  Scarlet flew a total distance of 22 km in the last 24 hours.  Clicking off the segments, the friday 11 am surfacing will be one to watch.  We'll see if we can set up for the live broadcast from the COOLroom. http://rucool.marine.rutgers.edu/index.php/COOL-Room-Web-Cam/COOL-Room-Web-Cam.html

I'll have to figure out what to do with by 10:55 to 12:15 class.  Either the glider surfacing or the class has to be moved.   More on that decision tomorrow.

 

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One thing we are watching more closely is the vessel traffic. We are entering the most dangerous waters of the entire journey. Students have been monitoring vessel traffic off of Spain for at least the last month.  Below is one of the worst traffic cases.  It looks like there is no place that is totally safe, and there are some yellow lines we are very worried about crossing. We will need to minimize our surface time.  Changes for every surfacing will need to be planned in advance.  We won't want to keep this glider at the surface while we make up our minds on what to do next.

 

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