Putting our faith in the USA
So this week we have seen a pretty interesting shift in the accuarcy of the ocean models we have been using as our road maps for the missions. For the past few days now, the US model has more accurately depicted the northward flow of the currents recorded by Challenger than the European model has done. With this news, our team has decided to modify our path strategy from what we had previously. Early last week, our plan was to follow the red path outlined below: to keep our way point to the west and ride our way around the cold eddy and find ourselves on the other side prepared to enter the strong northern freeway located to our north. However, we have decided to run an audible and follow what the RTOFS model is showing and try for a north west bearing. This afternoon we put in a new way point and we hope we will see ourselves make some strong progress with the direction of the currents that Challenger is confirming when she surfaces.
To the north, Silbo continues to push onward as he strives for the southern currents of the mystical warm eddy to the south west.
Here, the US model shows the eddy a little further away than the European model has shown, but both show the formation of the strong southern flux that we hope to soon catch and ride south towards the equator!
Force Wind Sea & Honor