The excitement is building in our lab, as our drifter skirted by a major geographic hurdle. In our past studies Point Arena has captured many of our drift bottles. Early this morning the drifter we deployed two days ago ( http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/drifter/drift_redwoods_2010_1.html ) successfully avoided the clutches of the Point and is continuing southward. The excitement is palpable in the lab and classroom. Students and staff are huddled around their computers for the position updates every 4 hours. Cheers actually broke out when the drifter missed Pt. Arena. Now we’re watching its course as it approaches the next big roadblock, Point Reyes.