Last updated: Monday, 31. July 2017 16:49 UTC Local time GMT +2
The James Clark Ross remains outside the 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. More information on this can be found HERE
For those of you who keep checking the webcam image, I understand that this may have updated in the past twenty-four hours. Our communications satellite is just on the horizon and once in a while we get a short burst of data, sadly not sufficient for me to us to upload any pictures just yet, but enough and timed just right to allow a webcam image to get through.
This has also meant that our emails are starting to catch up, sadly none of mine have yet arrived on board and I expect not to be able to do any email until later in the week. We remain on the very eastern limit of the satellite footprint and the dish is struggling to remain locked on the the NSS7 satellite. With the ship rolling about 1 degree to port and starboard, this is not helping the situation either. Until we get a bit further south and west the link will remain unstable.
This afternoon was an exciting one, with the planned recovery of the glider that was deployed earlier in the cruise. It was programmed to surface at about 14:00 and let us know where it was. There was a slight delay in the process but finally it was spotted and a rather large frame with a net strung across it was then lowered into the sea and then the ship manoeuvred so that the glider floated across the net and was then promptly lifted out of the water.
Just as all this was happening a few whales decided to swim past, distracting everyone from looking for the glider! This evening the James Clark Ross is heading south (and fingers crossed into the land of satellite comms) and enjoying a calm sea and sunshine.
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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