Coconut Woman Deploys Drifter Buoy

Coconut Woman reports successsful deployment of drifter buoy for JCOMMOPS, NOAA and UNESCO-IOC.

Read about the drifter Buoy Program

Deployment Report:

ID No. 127248
Deployed at designated longitude of 99W.
Date: 03/15/15
Time: 18:45 GMT
Lat.: 05.13.3S
Long.: 99.50.9W
Deployed From:  Starboard stern
Ship Speed: 6 knots
Height Above Mean Sea Level: 1 meter
We're looking forward to following it.
All the Best, Justin and Meredith Smith

Each boat was given a drifter buoy and deployment instructions to release on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, the guys who provide data and analysis for meteorologists.  

These buoys float along with the ocean currents sending back data to NOAA.  We were just sent information on how to track our own ourselves.

But we didn't want to deploy a naked buoy so decorations were a must.  Glitter, shells, and our dear rubber bunny were super glued to it.  Farewell Bun Bun.  He's looking forward to taking a break from hopping to bob around for a few years instead

Posted on March 16, 2015 .

Wildlife encounters

Posted on February 14, 2015 .

The Hitchiker

A sleepy Sooty Noddy Tern hitched a ride during Coconut Woman's crossing from Martinique to Kuna Yala (San Blas)

About 200 miles north of the Venezuelan coast, in the starlit darkness of the post- midnight witching hours, Justin noticed a moving poofball about the size of a chicken sitting next to him on the edge of the cockpit.  Upon shedding a little light onto the situation, he could see a very tired-looking bird staring right back at him as if to say, “You're pretty funny-looking, but I'm extremely sleepy and I'm staying put.”

Gray, fuzzy-feathered and pudgy, with a long substantially-pointed beak, she looked to be a young Sooty Noddy Tern Due to  the incessant preening and dramatic bleach hair dye job, we assumed she was a tween. 

We expressed our surprise and offered her a defrosted flying fish that had landed on deck that morning, as if to say, “You weren't expected for dinner, but welcome aboard and enjoy the leftovers.”

200 miles!  Of course she was tired enough to put up with a 2 a.m. photo shoot aboard a small boat with two gawking people and a cat!

Posted on February 7, 2015 .