When we finally left the Chesapeake Bay and entered the Atlantic Ocean it was like 1,000 pounds had been lifted off my shoulders. After months of hard work and preparation, the journey has begun! The plan is fairly simple – Nikki and I will sail as if we are heading to the Azores and around 100 miles before we would arrive at the Azores, we will turn south while deploying special nets that can determine the amount of micro plastics in the water. We will sail roughly 600 miles south, then north, then south again in a zig zag pattern. This way we can survey the amount of plastic (AKA marine debris) in the center of the North Atlantic Gyre, or Atlantic Garbage Patch. No one has ever done this type of research in the epicenter of the Atlantic Garbage Patch so it shall be interesting to see what we discover. We will deploy an acoustic receiver that can help determine the migration patterns of tagged marine life and deploying drifters. This 6,000 mile trip needs to be completed by the end of July in the hope that we return before hurricanes start turning north.