After about 2230 miles we started our study to fetch the observations necessary to determine the gyre’s eastward advance and plastic presence we are now more than half way through the survey and approaching our 28th trawl station. Still sailing, we pull a manta net every 50 miles for 2.5 miles, the apparatus is not a complicated high tech sea toy but reliable if carefully rigged and set. The equipment resembles a manta ray but reincarnated into an aluminum surface skimming trawl net that filters plastic from water. To not compromise the sample or damage the trawl the boat speed must not go above 2.5 knots. We quickly came up with combinations of modifying sail area, trim, occasional drogue deployment and altering boat course to meet the slow speed need at different sea states. Who would have thought we would reef all sails to their maximum reef points and deploy a Fiorentino shark drogue going downwind, with a following sea on a Force 4 day. It can be hard to manage the trawl samples consistently, but a standard practice is in the works. Especially for our safety, for instance, the gloves go on and tongs come out when we catch a jelly, remember my earlier mention of the eye-patch, then I proceed to dip the beautiful stingers (colorful pink and purple man-o war’s) into a bucket to rinse free the plastic covering their bodies, it is tough as micro-plastics are often caught in their tentacles, then I chuck them back overboard to sail on.