I got a few emails from Rob in the last couple days, but they've been pretty short as he's been even busier than usual. They have officially made it to the Gulf. Yesterday they transited through the Strait of Hormuz. That took them through what would be Iran's territorial waters, so they were queried and looked at by several Iranian ships. He said that makes standing watch rather stressful! And to make it worse, he was on watch for about 13 hours between 5:00 AM and midnight.
He said that that it's terribly hot there, and that the AC on the ship doesn't work as well now because the water temperature is so warm. When he went on watch in the afternoon the sea water temp was 97 degrees! In comparison, the water temp here off the coast of Virginia Beach is currently 76 degrees.