Last updated: Tuesday 12th December 2017   

The RRS James Clark Ross has not managed to get through the heavy band of pack ice that was between us and Rothera Base,  on Adelaide Island.  This morning the decision was made to once again head out of the pack,  having struggled through the night,  and return to open water.  Once in open water the ship turned to the north and will proceed to Punta Arenas,  carrying out scheduled science work on passage,  and due to arrive on 21st December. 

At this time it is not known when the ship will be scheduled to return to Rothera to carry out the re-supply of the base,  but it will be dependent on the band of ice breaking up.

The James Clark Ross as seen from the BAS Twin Otter,  VPF-AZ, yesterday afternoon.  Shortly after this picture was taken the JCR then proceeded into the pack for the final attempt at reaching the base.  Picture Tom Lachlin-Cope.

Approaching the ice edge a number of interesting icebergs could be seen.  Yesterday evening the weather picked up nicely and we enjoyed some clear blue sky and even a 'sun dog' was seen forming.

Getting closer to the ice edge last on Monday evening.

This evening,  another beautiful one,  we are passing lots of icebergs of all different shapes and sizes.  The sea is slight,  with barely a ripple to be seen and all on board are hoping that the weather remains good for the run to Punta Arenas.

The view,  looking aft,  just before I started the update this evening.

Noon Position Report Tuesday 12th  December  2017 

Latitude: 67 41.63 S
Longitude: 069 53.94 W
Bearing: 260 T, 41 Nm from Rothera
Cruise Number: JR17001
Distance Travelled: 69
Total Distance Travelled: 1937.9
Steam Time: 16.4
Total Steam Time: 227
Average Speed: 4.2
Total Average Speed: 8.5
Wind: Direction S, Force 2
Sea State: Slight
Air Temp: -0.2 C Sea Temp: -0.7 C
Pressure: 983 Tendency (3hrs): Steady

Previous updates from the current trip.

Mike Gloistein
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