Last updated: Wednesday 21st March 2018  Time Zone:  GMT -1  

The RRS James Clark Ross continues on the passage from the Falkland Islands to Tristan da Cunha,  with our ETA being Friday morning.  If weather conditions are favourable then a boat transfer will take place to embark some scientists and the ship will the head for the first sampling site.

The weather,  which yesterday was not great,  has improved immensely and today has been one of gentle rolling to a slight sea.  This meant that the science team could get out on deck and do some pre-deployment tests of equipment.

The Aft Deck at lunchtime.  This container holds much of the equipment that is to be used on the trip and with the change in the weather it meant that it was possible to gain access to it once again.

Some of the equipment has ended up in the Main Lab,  awaiting the first samples to be recovered.

This evening the clocks will be advanced to GMT and one of the science team is giving a talk on her time at Tristan da Cunha.

The JCR has now passed into Grid IF and will remain there for the next week to ten days.

There is some interesting bird life to be seen,  including the spectacled petrel,  which I understand is unique to the Tristan da Cunha area, and the yellow-nosed albatross.  Sadly just a bit too far away for my camera to get any nice pictures.  We have a team of whale watchers on board and they tell me that they hope to be seeing more whales as we approach the islands.

Noon Position Report Wednesday 21st March 2018

Latitude: 39 43.2 S
Longitude: 019 24.4 W
Bearing: 245 T, 370 Nm from Edinburgh, Tristan da Cunha
Course Made Good 065 T
Destination: Edinburgh, Tristan da Cunha
ETA at 10.5 knots is 00:25 on 23 March 2018
Distance Travelled: 255
Total Distance Travelled: 1785
Steam Time: 24
Total Steam Time: 161.6
Average Speed: 10.6
Total Average Speed: 11.0
Wind: Direction S, Force 3
Sea State: Slight
Air Temp: 18.8 C Sea Temp: 18.5 C
Pressure: 1014.5 Tendency (3 hrs): Steady

Mike Gloistein
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