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The James Clark Ross entered the Bay of Biscay overnight and so far it has proved to be a good experience.  Whilst there is a stiff breeze,  with a few whitecaps on the sea,  there is no large swell and the ship is riding comfortably, so much so that ironing my shirts this afternoon was not a cause for concern.  The sun has been out throughout the day.

The Bay of Biscay as seen this afternoon from the Monkey Island.

Another view from this afternoon,  taken from the Upper Deck.  There is a little bit of spray but all in all it is a lovely day for all of us on the James Clark Ross.

Following the advancing of clocks the ship is now operating on British Summer Time,  GMT +1,  and at mid-day we were 125 miles off Cape Finesterre.    This is a busy part of the world for shipping and looking at the electronic chart there is a large number of ships being received via our Automatic Identification System (AIS).  VHF conditions remain very good as we are seeing ships at far greater distances that one would normally expect on this frequency.

There have been a number of wildlife spots today with several groups of dolphins and a whale sighted.

Previous updates from this trip

Noon Position Report

Latitude: 45 01 N
Longitude: 009 12 W
Bearing: 1 T, 125 Nm from Finesterre
Course Made Good 027 T
Destination : Southampton
ETA at 7.7 knots is 05:15 on 21 June 2017
Distance Travelled: 119
Total Distance Travelled: 1958
Steam Time: 24
Total Steam Time: 214.1
Average Speed: 7.7
Total Average Speed: 9.1
Wind: Direction NE, Force 5
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: 19.1 C Sea Temp: 17.7 C
Pressure: 1013.9 Tendency (3 hrs): Steady


Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com