Last updated: Sunday, 16. July 2017 16:16 UTC Local time GMT +2
The James Clark Ross is now on the outer limits of the normal communications satellite. I may, from time to time, be able to update this page with the Daily Position Report, below. There will be no menu or photographs until the ship is back inside the satellite footprint. I also hope that the ship's track will continue to work.
Sunday has been a bit of a mixed bag. When I got up this morning the cloud was low to the sea and it was raining. I was told it had been raining all night and it was miserable. For those that were working out on deck it would have been wet and cold, not a good combination really. By the time I had enjoyed my breakfast the rain had stopped and it was just foggy and miserable. This started to burn off during the morning and this afternoon as I write the update it is a dingle day with a clear blue sky and sunshine, little wind and a nice calm sea. Overnight the wind had risen to almost 30kts, so it has really perked up very nicely.
The JCR is now at the most south-easterly point and from here will steadily head north (according to the last plan I saw) and things should start to get really exciting as we head towards the Arctic pack ice.
Before the glider can be launched it is crucial that the buoyancy is correct for the water in which it is going to be deployed. This is achieved with the aid of a large paddling pool, erected out on the Aft Deck, and filled with sea water. The glider is very carefully placed in the pool and then the science team make adjustments until everything is as it should be.
I did think that our communications satellite would not be working by now but have been very impressed that with an elevation of 0.8º to the horizon, we do from time to time get a brief burst of data, perhaps lasting only one or at most two minutes. I am able to see when these events occur and so if ready at the right moment can upload small files. This is how this update page will appear on the Internet later today.
The little bird that spent time with us yesterday has been identified as a red knot. I think that it has left us as I have not seen it around at all today. There has been a bit of bother with the seagulls today. These birds seem to enjoy perching on various parts of the ship and at one point were sat on a couple of our GPS antennas, which then resulted in poor data from the receivers and alarms on the Bridge. As the antennas are located at the top of the Main Mast, this did not prove to be very helpful and all we can hope is that they squabble a lot and keep moving away.
Previous updates from this trip The archive only goes to 13th July. Once back in range of comms I will update any days that have interesting data.
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