Came on watch just before midnight. Made our final CTD cast around 1am - only needed to do one at this station. We are fairly far inshore so the water is only about 25 meters deep here. Completed transferring the water samples like a well-oiled pit crew, then secured the CTD carousel to the deck. Lashed it down in preparation for tomorrow's storm. We are now steaming at almost 12 knots offshore. The plan is to launch the Scanfish tomorrow morning at first light and steam inshore, completing one long line. That should put us well inshore by the time the weather gets bad and we should be a bit protected from the worst of it. Offshore forecast calls for winds building to 50 knots with seas 8-14 feet. Should be another fun ride with nothing to do. Will probably be Saturday before we can get back to work. I know Dave is frustrated with the lack of progress and the huge loss of equipment on this cruise. On a positive note, we located another one of the wirewalkers using the hydrophone yesterday afternoon.
On watch. The Scanfish was launched about 8 this morning, and we have been towing it since. IT scans and transmits data on water temperature, depth, and salinity 24 times per second, 24 hours a day. It is automatically "flown" up and down in a zigzag pattern, from 5 meters below the surface to 5 meters above the bottom. One of the marine techs sits at the control console on a 6 hour watch to monitor it. Sandy hooked up her laptop to a small stereo system, so we have had good music since the midnight shift. Not much to do this watch. I have been getting up at about 10:30 am to shower and dress and have time for lunch before my day watch, then have dinner at the end of the watch and off to bed until the midnight watch. We are transiting a long, straight line towards the Atlantic City. Hopefully will be able to call home tonight. Learned that there is a cell phone signal amplifier up on the 01 deck, which is also where the ice cream is kept. Think I'll check them both out tonight.
Had a great dinner of roasted turkey, stuffing, veggies and of course, lots of cranberry sauce. Apple pie for dessert. The forecast is still calling for 40-50 knot winds tonight with big swells. The Scanfish is scheduled to come out of the water in about an hour, and then we will continue inshore to collect surface water samples. Dave and his team are discussing where to redeploy the thermistor chains once weather permits. Crew was on deck lashing things down securely for the night.