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Sep 24 - King Neptune and the Sea

Noon position report:
24th September
1200 local time
Latitude: 27 53.4 S
Longitude: 43 56.7 W
Bearing: 56 °T, 757 Nm from Montevideo
Course Made Good 231 °T
(1) Destination 1: Montevideo
(1) ETA at 11.5 knots is 06:40 on 27 September 2006
(2) Destination 2: Montevideo
(2) ETA at 12.5 knots is 01:15 on 27 September 2006
Distance Travelled: 267
Total Distance Travelled: 5611
Steam Time: 24
Total Steam Time: 478.2
Average Speed: 11.1
Total Average Speed: 11.7
Wind: Direction SW, Force 6
Sea State: Rough
Air Temp: 19.1 °C Sea Temp: 21.9 °C
Pressure: 1016.5 Tendency: Rising

King Neptune, the rightful monarch of all the oceans duly bestowed the freedom of the seven seas to those who had not crossed the Equator before. The following pictures testify what can happen to even the sanest of men if they are at sea for too long;

Everyone knows their own
Everyone knows their own "Posh and Becks"

Soup on Vicram's head
Soup on Vicram's head

The Doctor's nits were consigned to history
The Doctor's nits were consigned to history

Isn’t she lovely….

Miss Tyne and Wear 2006 (Runner up)
Miss Tyne and Wear 2006 (Runner up)

Sunday aboard the JCR involves an inspection by the ship's Master followed by tab nabs (a buffet) at the bar, and then some well earned rest for some of the crew.
Less than a week to go until we are due to visit Montevideo for bunkering (taking on fuel), and an opportunity to visit the local meat market, do some sight-seeing and send letters home.

On Friday 22nd we witnessed a solar eclipse, the moon was seen to partially obscure the view of the sun, complete solar eclipses cause the skies to darken, stopping birds from singing and sending confused and frightened cadets back to their beds.

Solar eclipse 22nd September 2006
Solar eclipse 22nd September 2006

Viewing a solar eclipse safely is possible through the screen of a digital camera, or using the correct strength of welding goggles, but not through standard sunglasses. Employing the ship’s sextant, with it's built in series of solar filters, Purser Richard Turner found an ingenious method of viewing the event.

safely viewing the eclipse using a sextant
safely viewing the eclipse using a sextant

Daybreak on th 24th September found the RRS James Clark Ross in a significant swell for the first time since leaving Immingham, a taste of things to come....