August 2, 1497: Today the crew and I have reached the Cape Verde Islands. The trip so far has been better than one could expect. There has been good weather, and showing from the barometer we can expect good weather for the next couple of days. The crew has been very disciplined on the first trip. Everyone has done exactly what they have been assigned to do. For entertainment after the crew gets drunk they meet around the amidships and sing songs together. The crew has stayed unexpectedly pleasant and contempt. I feel this will all change once the beer supply starts running low. The food has stayed very well preserved. I have had a very well rounded diet of meats, cheeses, and beer, for most of my meals. The crew seems fine with their daily diet of meat and beer. After we get done restocking the ship, we will be back on the path to India.