Almost at the site

Still underway and preparing for the core to come. Are now
just to the west of the Chagos islands, around 400 km off the coast of Mangalore
on the western Indian coast. We are still waiting for a lovely sunrise but
again today there were brooding clouds across the horizon, obscuring the view.
Fortunately the sun cleared them soon enough and we are now making progress
against a gentle wind that is just barely turning the surface of the sea. It
would take special effort to be get sea-sick in these conditions. Back in the
lab people are finishing up their methods sections. A necessary evil that all
new science parties have to deal with, and one readily dealt with by copying
90% of what the last expedition did. No need to reinvent the wheel to use up our copious free time.