Trained as a physical oceanographer, Eric was very excited to sail across the Atlantic Ocean and compare our knot-log speed (speed through the water) with our GPS speed (speed over ground) to try to estimate the ocean-current speed. However, within moments of departing the dock, we learned that Mindelo’s harbor inspires a lot of critters to make themselves at home on the hull, and our knot log was fouled with new growth. While surfing down waves with 35-knot gusts, funneling through São Vicente Canal between the islands of São Vicente and Santo Antão, serious soul-searching had to be done. Should we divert course to a protected anchorage in order to jump overboard to clean the speedo, or should we continue to enjoy the first few hours of our grand departure, sailing in close company with the 30 other boats around us in the rally, and live for the next two weeks without the knot-log data? After our recent showers and the knowledge that few showers were in store over the next few weeks, the fresh, clean feeling won out over a salty swim. We decided to continue on toward Barbados, sailing within sight of our fellow rally boats, but without a working log to be able to estimate ocean currents. Fortunately, the drifting GPS buoys were able to satiate our interest in the ocean currents, and following their course across the Atlantic Ocean has been fascinating for the entire family.