Today we departed (finally!) for the start of IODP Expedition 327. The first version of the (preliminary) proposal leading to this project began was submitted in March 1998.
IODP Expedition in 2004 was the first part of the drilling portion of this project (also includes work with surface ships, Alvin, remotely operated vehicles, numerical modeling), and it took us six years to get back out and finish what we started.
So, we have a long history on this expedition.
Tomorrow I hope to make progress with the Darcy Lab exercise that we will use for the education, outreach, and communication program, and will also work with the CORK engineers on preparing those systems for deployment.
The port call went quickly, and Victoria was lovely. We have been at sea for about nine hours now, conditions are picking up a bit, but it remains calm and there is a beautiful view from the window in the science office.