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Date: Monday, August 21, 2000
Time: 2315 EDT

Sea Connections Summer Institute for Teachers is in the second week today with boarding at Tonnessen Park, State Pier, New Bedford at 0830. Eighteen participants are aboard for the four day program after an intensive experience ashore looking at the science curriculum frameworks, studying the ecology of coastal habitats, exploring the estuary of Slocum's River at the Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies, exploring Barney's Joy Beach with an intro to physical forces of the coast and oceanography, navigation and nautical sciences and preparation for four days at sea.

After an intensive orientation at the dock, we left under main engine for outside Cape Cod via Quicks' Hole in the Elizabeth Islands and Great Round Shoal off Nantucket.

We set the four lowers and jib tops'l but continued to motor in the light breeze. The tidal current was fair through Vineyard Sound and into Nantucket Sound before turning against us for the late afternoon and early evening.

Our first sampling station was in Cross Rip Channel (shown in two insets) at 1805 just NW of Nantucket. We sampled the water and measured for dissolved oxygen, salinity, temperature and pH. A plankton net went over for a timed run to develop qualitative and quantitative conclusions when compared to other tows later in the trip.

By 2315 we completed another station just after passing the Racon Buoy at the outside entrance to the Great Round Shoal Channel. We made the Atlantic Ocean by midnight! You can see in another inset the narrow and winding channel through the shoals. Thankfully, we had good visibility and our electronics were working effectively.

Wind: SW Force 2
Visibility: Excellent

Captain: Gregg Swanzey
Program Coordinators: Crista Mellican
Program Director: Alan Lee Hankin, Ph.D.

We would like to thank Lotus and IBM for donation of software, hardware and funding to enable regular electronic updates from the ship.

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