sg158 is back in the water off Iquique, Chile! Laura deployed sg158 on Saturday morning, which meant a pretty crazy piloting schedule: Anatoli was first, he got sg158 off to a good start, but then had to hand it over to me and Justin mid-morning. Things were going great until the internet on the Wecoma (OSU’s 185 ft research vessel – did I mention I was on the Wecoma for another cruise?) crapped out. Usually the Wecoma’s satellite internet connection is pretty dependable, except when you’re headed west (because the mast blocks the antenna), but we were headed east. Turns out one of the routers failed, but OSU Marine Technician Dave O’Gorman came to the rescue and fired up the spare. We were back on line and continued to pilot and tune sg158.
Right now sg158 is headed offshore, where it will start a butterfly pattern that it will occupy while the rest of the MOOMZ crew come out on the Vidal Gormaz and sample water.