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Twice a day,  at 10:00 and 15:00 we have 'Smoko' on board the James Clark Ross.  This takes place,  generally in the Duty Mess,  Crew Mess and the Bridge.  In the old days I guess it would have been a break for the smokers but these days it is just a tea break,  although we do also enjoy a nice cup of coffee with frothy milk too.  Those taking the break in the Duty Mess and Crew Mess often migrate out onto the Upper Deck and watch the world pass by.  On the Bridge the conversation is very varied,  ranging from work related issues to what the plans are for the next leave period. This morning the subject of conversation was tattoos and the various meanings that are behind those of sailors,  the traditions and superstitions.   Richard,  the Purser,  is a very good photographer and has a section on his website to sailors and scientists tattoos which it should be able to find via the link HERE,  along with a range of topics.  During the trip to the Arctic this summer it is hoped to get more polar bear images.

The weather has remained fine and clear throughout the day. 

2nd Officer Dominik taking a sight with the Sextant.  This is good,  for if all of our many GPS systems should fail (We have six on the Bridge and at least another two or three elsewhere for scientific use) as we will still be able to work out where we are.

Sadly due to a technical problem I don't have a noon day position today but am hopeful that it will be back to normal tomorrow.

Now that we are closer to the Equator we are seeing fewer weather satellites (polar orbiting) with only one good daylight pass per day.  When down south there will be a pass every few hours as the earth is narrower there and the satellite covers more east/west of the planet that it does now.

Having commented on the water depth increasing the other day it has risen from a depth of about 2,700m this morning to only about 50m this afternoon,  a sure indication that we can't be that far from land.

The plan for our Recife visit is starting to firm up.  A lot of paperwork is required for port calls and that involves a number of the Officers on board. The intention is to have a Pilot board at 08:00 Sunday morning and go alongside shortly afterwards.  The day and evening will be spent alongside and then once all the science team have arrived the JCR will set sail for Ascension Island.  This is likely to mean departing at around midnight on Sunday.

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Mike Gloistein
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