FRIDAY, MAY 17
Here we are in L.A where we spent a very short night given the time we arrived at our hotel. We had to go through immigration formalities, recover our luggage, collect the hire car and get to the hotel so we didn’t get to bed until around 2.30 am.
This morning we hit the road for Oceanside and met up with Les Georges, the boat captain. Then we all left together for San Diego where we had an appointment with a local school which corresponds with the La Réole school in Bordeaux and is following our expedition. The teacher Félicia gave us a warm welcome together with Annie from NASA who was there to present the JASON satellite which we are using to locate the gyre.
Photo credit: ©OSL – S. Lardeux
Claire had to improvise and present the expedition in English after just a few hours’ sleep – not an easy task! But in fact this informal approach was very pleasant and the youngsters seemed to enjoy it. Much to our surprise, only two pupils knew about the garbage patch.
Return to Oceanside and its Tourist Office. Our aim was to meet the director who had heard about the expedition and was eager to help us.
As a result, the Tourist Office is giving us hospitality until our departure in a comfortable Oceanside apartment.
We have a heavy programme for Saturday. We need to finalise supplies on board and carry out a test sail to check safety measures. Each crew member will carry out a man – overboard rescue in addition to practising sail – reefing drills etc. We will also take the opportunity to cope with sea-sickness.
However, we have some issues concerning delivery of our equipment container, blocked at Customs in Memphis. Danielle and Paola are doing their best to solve the problem as fast as possible. Everything should be sorted out by Monday.
More news soon. – 7th C. Crew