Last updated: Tuesday 13th March 2018  

Following a long flight from the UK,  via the Cape Verde Islands,  I arrived in Stanley late on Monday evening and then this morning joined the RRS James Clark Ross at FIPASS.

The RRS James Clark Ross all fast alongside FIPASS at lunchtime today.

This afternoon the scientists taking part in the work around Tristan da Cunha and St Helena joined and at 18:00 the James Clark Ross departed the berth and is currently heading around the coast to Mare Harbour,  arriving Wednesday morning,  to take on bunkers (fuel).

Monday was,  according to those here at the time,  an awful day of bad weather and certainly when we arrived it was torrential rain.  I am delighted to report that the weather on Tuesday has been much nicer and the sun has been out all day.

The RRS Ernest Shackleton had been at anchor in Stanley Harbour throughout the day and as we were heading out The Narrows for Port William,  she the headed for the berth.

This is the view as the ship headed out from Port William.  It was lovely to also see a number of sei whales blowing,  in separate groups,  giving those that have not been on board before a great start to the trip.

One think that is often seen in the Falkland Islands is stunning sunsets and today's was no exception.

I hope in the coming days to update on the science work and track that the ship will take north.  The WSPR receiver is now operational on 10MHz with my GM0HCQ/MM call and all being well I will be QRV on the amateur bands either Wednesday or Thursday and then for the duration of the trip north.

Mike Gloistein
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