May 17, 1498: Since the departure from shore our speed has increased greatly. From the results of the chip log and reel, I have learned that we have been traveling almost twice the speed we were traveling while along the coast. I have also told some of the crew members that from the wind, waves, bird sightings, and current, I can tell we are getting close to land. With this realization, excitement runs through my veins thinking of being the first European to reach India by land will be an achievement alongside that of Christopher Columbusí. I might even get a public holiday named after myself, "Da Gama Day."