Oct 21 - South towards Stanley
21st October 2007
Noon Position - Lat: 42° 08.4' S Long: 050° 47.7' W
Location - 644 Nm North East of Stanley, Falkland Islands
Total Distance Travelled: 6625.0 Nm from Immingham, UK
Air Temp: 13.1°C
Sea Temp: 13.7°C
Southwards Towards Stanley
Today finds us a mere 644Nm from our next port of call, that of Stanley in the Falkland Islands. This is the end of the trip south and the relatively quiet life with just the ship's company onboard. Stanley will see a doubling of the number of people onboard, as we expect around 25 people to join the ship for the next voyage around the sub-antarctic islands . Looking through the port (window) this afternoon our sunshine cruise has definitely come to an end. We're presently experiencing a distinct drop in the outside temperature, the wind is blowing force seven causing the ship to move around a little more than it has for a few weeks. I expect we'll soon be seeing a lot more weather like this over the coming weeks, just watch this space.
Please don't mis-understand me into thinking the voyage south has been a holiday. Far from it, as everyone has been busy preparing both the ship and ourselves for the forth coming voyages. During this time one of our number Chris Dare the deck cadet has been taking advantage of the starry tropical nights to improve his celestial navigation for his forthcoming exams. He wont have much chance once we're south of Stanley due to the cloudier skies and other more important things to look out for such as ice. The picture below shows him taking sights of Jupiter and the Moon.
Like a lot of the UK this weekend has generated even more interest than usual in sport onboard. Interest generally revolves around football for most people, but yesterday rugby became a major talking point and today it's motor racing. Fortunately the timing of yesterday's game meant it was a 5pm kick off here, so everyone who was off duty could listen to the game. Unfortunately with five minutes to kick off the radio decided to start acting up to much consternation. This patchy reception combined with some over enthusiastic commentary from those in Paris made following the game a little tricky at times. Then someone had the brilliant idea of modeling the pitch and moving a "ball" around to simulate the play. This helped everyone to see what was happening, if they missed anything on the radio. Stade de France - JCR style is shown below.
Our approach to the Falklands has also meant the return of some very familiar wildlife to the old hands. Initially a Grey-head albatross making an appearance earlier in the week, this was then followed by the Wandering Albatrosses, which are now remaining with us. The picture below left was taken just this afternoon along with one, below right, showing some Cape Petrels battling the wind and waves.
Our arrival in Stanley is set for Wednesday. During the port call we'll be moving cargo around and embarking the additional people for the research stations and science cruise scheduled for us to complete on the first leg of our Antarctic season. Next Sunday should see us on our way to South Georgia, but suspect the weather will not change much as it is still spring time down here.
Finally, I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that this would be a voyage of sunsets and as if to prove a point I thought I would complete this weeks page with a couple of shots taken over the last week. Thank you to Robert and Ruth for allowing me to use them.