British biscuits for British bases.

12/11/2013, 64 49.7’S:063 29.8’W, Half a mile from Port Lockroy

Written by Bertie Whitley

Being British, and currently residing at a British Antarctic base, lets first address the important matter of talking about the weather. Today, the sun is out again, great for filming, but unfortunately it is not one of the perfectly still Antarctic days we relish, and a light NE force 4 is interfering with Ruth’s sound equipment. Pesky wind. On the boat we’re not complaining though, force 4 is an improvement on last night, which it must be said was rather blustery. With the breeze dead on the nose Pelagic spent the night tacking on the spot. The Skipper’s dulcet snoring was accompanied by the sporadic dull thud, and a slight rig shake, as the bow of the boat nudged the ice on one side, and then the other. We’d played with our lines before bed, but only managed to slow the process, not stop it completely, so we just had to put up with the noise. The skipper’s dulcet snoring was rather reassuring though, as we all agreed that there was no need to worry until the thud became loud enough to wake him. Our icy mooring boulders seem to be holding, for now at least. We’re hoping we might get another day or two out of them before the pack ice blows out of the back bay and we can tie onto the fast ice. We shall see… continue reading

About David

David Roberts is the skipper of sailing yacht Pelagic, a charter expedition yacht working in Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn areas.
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