Trip Report and Photos
Clipperton Island - April 10 - 25, 2010

Trip Report and Photos © Elaine Jobin. May not be reproduced in part or whole without advance written permission.
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I think by this day, most people realized that they had lost track of exactly what day of the week it was. The structure of time as we usually think about it, changed. The hour of the day also lost its usual importance. The sun would rise, a bell would ring at meal time, a bell would ring for a meeting, we gathered at the bow when there was a call of "dolphins at the bow," and, the sun would set. There was no need to know what time it was. The day of the week also had no particular significance. I noticed I kept track of the general sense of days by the number of them left until we arrived at Clipperton. So many of the things that you use to stay oriented in normal daily life loose their significance when your are at sea with no land in sight. There was no boredom, it was more like enforced relaxation. It was a little unnerving at first, but, easy to adjust to.

So far we had been blessed with amazingly calm waters and fair weather. When looking over the boat rail, there was usually nothing to see but the sun, some clouds, the ocean and an occasional bird. As we traveled southward, the water became a little rougher (but not by much) and the climate became a little warmer.

Scenery at Sea
Ocean view, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Bird at Sea, Photo © Elaine Jobin

Every now and then a pod of passing dolphins would stop by for a ride on the bow wave. It was a sight that never lost its degree of human fascination.

Dolphin Watching
Dolphin Watching at the Bow, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Dolphin Watching
Dolphins at the Bow, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Heidi Kneller Watches Dolphins,Photo © Elaine Jobin
Heidi Kneller
Cooing at the Dolphins

So what did people do with this freedom of time?

There was typing. Laptops are almost a necessity on live aboard dive trips now days. I remember, many years ago when a log book and a pen were the most common personal recording device.

Jeff Bozanic working on his trip log, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Jeff Bozanic
Typing his Log
Mauricio Hoyos works on his research, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Mauricio Hoyos
Reviewing Shark Data

Taking pictures and photo editing - Bringing home those kodak moments.

Dean Aylesworth, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Dean Aylesworth
Chris Grossman, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Chris Grossman

Reading - if you forgot to bring a book, there was a small library on the boat from which to borrow reading material.

John Delaney, Photo © Elaine Jobin
John Delaney
Scott Davis and Heidi Kneller, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Scott Davis &
Heidi Kneller
Marcos Nahmad, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Marcos Nahmad

Smiling - Mostly a very easy past time.

John Delaney, Photo © Elaine Jobin
John Delaney
Jeff Bozanic, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Jeff Bozanic
Nicole Crane, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Nicole Crane
Jackie Lander, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Jackie Lande

Snacking - incredible snacks were almost always available between meals. I know for a fact that I tended to over eat. It was easy entertainment. Listening to Music and Audio Books - I pods, MP3 players, etc. They were another common diversion from endless hours at sea.

Marcos Nahmad, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Marcos Nahmad

Sunning - The further south that we traveled, the stronger the sun became. Sunbathers were pampered by crew bringing water and other beverages.

Steve Preston, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Steve Preston
Dean Aylesworth, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Dean Aylesworth
Randi Eisen and Pierre, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Randi Eisen & Pierre
Marie-Anne Desjardins and Steve Eisen, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Marie-Anne Desjardins
& Steve Eisen

Fishing - There was Harry Donenfeld again, the "King of Toys". So far, on our way to Clipperton, Harry had caught several "that got away".

Harry - Fishing
Harry Donenfeld fishing, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Harry Donenfeld fishing, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Harry Donenfeld fishing, Photo © Elaine Jobin

Socializing - At almost any hour of the day, there was usually someone around to visit with.

Jeff Bozanic, Harry Donenfeld, and Captain Gordon Kipp, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Jeff Bozanic
Harry Donenfeld
Captain Gordon Kipp


Meals - There was always plenty to eat, and, it was good! Sometimes the food was served buffet style and sometimes it was a sit down dinner.

Chow Time
Buffet set up,  Photo © Elaine Jobin
A salad,  Photo © Elaine Jobin
The Buffet Line,  Photo © Elaine Jobin
Jeff Bozanic eating,  Photo © Elaine Jobin
Jeff Bozanic Eating

Presentations - Every evening, and sometimes during the day, there were presentations on marine life, marine science, or travels to exotic places. Sten Johansson, Jeff Bozanic, Mauricio Hoyos, and Nicole Crane were presenters. One day Jeff and I gave a short presentation on the 2007 trip to Clipperton.

Gathering for the Presentations
Presntation Audience,  Photo © Elaine Jobin
Presentation Audience,  Photo © Elaine Jobin
Jeff Boznaic gives a presentation,  Photo © Elaine Jobin

Sunset Watching - Nature treated us to some beautiful sunset and sunrises during our journey. I frequently was not up early enough to catch the sunrise, but sunset was usually a sure bet.

Natures Entertainment
Sunset,  Photo © Elaine Jobin
Sunset,  Photo © Elaine Jobin

And of course, sleeping. While I was doing that, I let the picture taking slide.

While we were relaxing the crew always seemed to be working. Every now and then, they would sit down to rest, but it seemed like not very often.

The Crew
 Captain Gordon Kipp, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Capt. Gordon Kipp
Sten Johansson, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Sten Johansson
Polly Cox, Photo © Elaine Jobin
Polly Cox
Enrique,  Photo © Elaine Jobin
Bayu Rohi,  Photo © Elaine Jobin
Bayu Rohi

Sometime during the journey across the sea, we took time to get set up for our arrival at Clipperton. I had to make sure that my camera was ready and functional, that all of my dive gear was accounted for and still in good shape, etc. Those conducting science projects had some extra work to do.

Mauricio worked on his shark receivers. He planned to place a few at Clipperton Island.

Mauricio Hoyas
Makes Final Adjustments
to Shark Receivers
Mauricio Hoyas working on Shark Receivers,  Photo © Elaine Jobin
Mauricio Hoyas working on Shark Receivers,  Photo © Elaine Jobin

One of the things that Jeff Bozanic hoped to do was to take some measurements of the water chemistry at Clipperton Island.

Jeff Bozanic
Programs a Sonde
Jeff Bozanic sets up the Sonde,  Photo © Elaine Jobin
Jeff Bozanic sets up the Sonde,  Photo © Elaine Jobin

I went to be early. Anticipating the morning arrival at Clipperton. It seemed as if I'd waited for this forever.

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