Current speed is a major factor for any waterborne vessel. When we sail with the current, the water travels with us, speeding us along. When we move against the current, the oncoming water pushes against us, slowing us down. In addition, long Island Sound is affected by ebb and flood tides, causing the water's current to slow and even reverse itself several times a day. Keeping track of the current is vital for ships looking to make good time on the Sound. This was even more true in the 17th century, when attempting to sail against the current's strength could easily provde futile.
On this voyage, the research team of DeNiro, Matt, and Nadia measured current speed and direction as a component of their presentation project.