Last updated: Sunday 25th March 2018  Time Zone:  GMT

This morning when I first went on to the Bridge,  just before seven,  there was a lovely sunrise and I commented during breakfast that it could well turn into a lovely day.  Sadly this did not turn out to be the case and the wind picked up during the morning,  the clouds encroached us and it was soon raining.

Some on board learnt a valuable life lesson overnight and that was that when travelling on a ship,  crossing time zones,  it is best to switch off all automatic functions on one's phone.  Especially the one that adjusts for daylight saving!  This function works based on the phone's internal calendar and not on the phone sigal (which we of course can't get out here,  close to the worlds remotest habited island).  A number of people on board lost an hour of sleep as the UK moved to British Summer Time whilst we have remained on GMT.

During the afternoon there was a break in the clouds and enough rain and sunshine to produce a rainbow.

I did manage to get a shot of a yellow-billed albatross this afternoon.  There has been a lot of bird activity throughout the day,  with a lot of storm petrels seen flying close to the water.  I am told by our RSPB man that there are five species that can be found here,  so rather spoilt for choise.  The Wilson's storm petrel is one of my all time favourites.

The James Clark Ross was on a westerly heading this evening,  during dinner,  and the clouds had cleared and the sun was streaming through the Saloon window during dinner.  This prompted me to check out the view on the Bridge afterwards and witness a wonderful sunset.

Looking to the east just after the sunset and the clouds were bathed in the last of the sunlight,  with the moon high in the sky.

On the science front things have been very busy during the past twenty-four hours,  but I don't know what has been happening due to being busy elsewhere on the ship.  If I get a spare moment on Monday I will see if I can get an update from the team,  who are busy working around the clock.

Noon Position Report Sunday 25th  March 2018

Latitude: 39 27.4 S
Longitude: 007 47.0 W
Bearing: 124 T, 258 Nm from Edinburgh, Tristan da Cunha
Cruise Number: JR17004
Distance Travelled: 116
Total Distance Travelled: 326
Steam Time: 16.9
Total Steam Time: 39.6
Average Speed: 6.9
Total Average Speed: 8.2
Wind: Direction NNW, Force 6
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: 17.5 C Sea Temp: 17.7 C
Pressure: 1012.2 Tendency (3hrs): Falling

Mike Gloistein
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