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For the radio enthusiasts the James Clark Ross has now crossed into Grid II and will be in the grid for the next ten or twelve days as we carry out the research work in the vicinity of Ascension Island.

The weather has picked up a little during the past 24 hours,  with a stiff breeze and a choppy sea,  with some water being shipped from time to time.  It remains hot and sunny out and this morning,  following the final clock change overnight to GMT,  I awoke to darkness with the sun rising at about 07:00.  Twelve hours later the sun is dipping below the horizon behind us to the west.

Warm bright and sunny and just outside my cabin is the perfect place for Gabi to sit in the shade and catch up on some reading.

   Taking good photographs is a skill that can be learnt over time.  I have just realised that ALL the pictures on the update this evening were taken,  in bright sunlight,  with my camera set to 'Sunset' mode.  So if you are wondering why they just don't look as you would expect,  the problem lies with the photographer!  This is just a view taken from the rear of the Nav Bridge Deck looking forward.

Looking at the top end of the mid-ship gantry.  The gantry will be used this cruise to deploy both the CTD and also the SUCS camera system.

My understanding is that the first science station will be reached at about 00:30 on Friday and will carry on through the day with CTDs and a deployment of one of the camera spheres that are on board and it will be very interesting to see what images come back from it.

The final 'sunset' picture of the day,  taken at about 17:00 from the Monkey Island.

The Dartcom satellite image is back,  although I hope to get some better passes in the coming days.

For those that are new to the JCR update page, the following is an explanation about swath bathymetry.  I suspect we won't be bothered by icebergs on this cruise though!

Noon Position Report

Latitude: 8 22 S
Longitude: 20 16 W
Bearing: 91 T, 553 Nm from Recife
Course Made Good 091 T
(1) Destination 1: Ascension Island
(1) ETA at 13 knots is 15:08 on 26 May 2017
(2) Destination 2: Ascension Island
(2) ETA at 14 knots is 13:13 on 26 May 2017
Distance Travelled: 315
Total Distance Travelled: 868
Steam Time: 23
Total Steam Time: 62.9
Average Speed: 13.7
Total Average Speed: 13.8
Wind: Direction ESE, Force 5
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: 27.8 C Sea Temp: 28.4 C
Pressure: 1014 Tendency (3 hrs): Steady

Previous updates from this trip

Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com