Test run

This won’t be all for today, I hope, but we’re trying a quick post with words and a picture…. Hope you’re all receiving us so far.

Australis is a big boat. But there are now 12 of us on board, with 10 pairs of skis, 10 sets of ice axes, crampons, harnesses, tents and all the hardware for a 2-week mountaineering excursion, PLUS all the food for a lot of hungry people for a month, their clothes and personal belongings, oilies, seaboots –  so there is a fair amount of stowing to do. The lockers around the saloon containing dry goods and tins are a miracle of organisation. The boat’s tanks contain three tonnes of water, seven tonnes of diesel.

We have also been planning and then bagging up three sets of 5-day sledging rations. Rice, pasta, teabags, muesli, milk powder, trail mix, cheese, salami. I haven’t seen any tinned foie gras or cases of champage, but Stephen may have them hidden somewhere.

A house on Main Street, Stanley, Falkland Islands

Lunch preparation is underway now, and we hope to set sail not long after that.

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6 Responses to Test run

  1. Alex says:

    another beautiful pic!
    all sounds very amazing, the skis, ice axes, crampons…. feeling very envious here…
    happy unpacking!
    A

    • Gary says:

      I am watching with great enthusiasm your progress. A pic would be greatly appreciated of the explorers which would include my nephew Gav, poncing along in the latest Gor-Tex technical clothing with his mentor and mine, Sir Tom.

    • southbyeight says:

      Thank you so much for your thoughts. They mean a lot. I can’t reply in person as the satellite link from where we are is too difficult, but do keep commenting as I will receive them. (via Theo)

  2. Judith Montgomery says:

    Has the Noilly Prat got its own locker? Guess you won’t need ice with that! Best wishes to all.

    • southbyeight says:

      Thank you so much for your thoughts. They mean a lot. I can’t reply in person as the satellite link from where we are is too difficult, but do keep commenting as I will receive them.

  3. Flora King says:

    Amazing photo. Reminds me of Cape Cod. Hope the boat is nice. Missing you x

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