Monthly Archives: October 2011

Free on board

Oh, oh, oh – what an incredible adventure! This morning I woke up at first light – 4.30 am – to the kazoo blare of a king penguin. I’d spent 36 hours captive in bed in a tent with 2 strong … Continue reading

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Rain…

Message fron Laura, First Mate on Pelagic Australis: “Oh how quickly everything changes.  Strong winds, pouring rain, and the intrepid mountaineers haven’t left their tents all day! The weather was too ferocious for us to make it over and safely anchor at … Continue reading

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Fortuna Bay, Wednesday 19th October 2011

Message fron Laura, First Mate on Pelagic Australis: “We have had the most beautiful day here today. Dark blue skies, warm wind and blazing sunshine and Miles and I just couldn’t resist going for a bit of a hike of our own. … Continue reading

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Breakwind Ridge, Tuesday 18th October 2011

Message fron Laura, First Mate on Pelagic Australis: “Very poor Iridium connection on the phone tonight, only managed to give them the forecast and to find they are nearly on the Breakwind Ridge. It was a stunningly beautiful day here at Grytviken … Continue reading

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The Crean Glacier, Monday 17th October 2011

Message from Laura, First Mate on Pelagic Australis: “So I have just spoken to Skip.  They have had a tough day up on the mountains – we knew it must be as we had a lot of snow and wind at … Continue reading

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Sunday 16th October 2011

“Hi, I’m Laura, the first mate on Pelagic Australis, and I have been asked to write a few words to keep you updated, as Janey/Rosie and the team attempt to follow Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps across South Georgia.  The weather forecast that we get … Continue reading

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King Haakon Bay

We’re here, and we’re ready to go! The latest storm abated overnight, and we woke this morning to clearing skies and gentle winds. The latest forecast – a series of screens showing blue or red musical-note thingies with varying numbers … Continue reading

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Hoosh and williewaws

We are still at Elsehul Bay. I took a photograph of the radar screen showing the boat’s movements around the anchor chain overnight – it came out as a dense black oval scribble with wild spidery limbs shooting out, like … Continue reading

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Land-ho

We’re here. 11 am and we’re at anchor in sheltered Elsehul Bay on the north west side of the island. 752 miles from Port Stanley in 88 er – varied hours. Gavin saw it first, near the beginning of our … Continue reading

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WATCHING

It’s only our third day out of Stanley but life has settled into a fixed cycle of on or off watch, within which over-riding imperative the lesser cycles of cooking, eating and attempting to sleep take on an absent-minded, makeshift … Continue reading

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