Tuesday, January 6, 2009

quiet day

when the sea acts up, especially in the first few days of a cruise,
it can get pretty quiet on the ship. part of coping with seasickness
seems to be persistence, and part seems to be finding your miracle
cure. in the first few days, many people have to figure (or wait) it
out. i'm lucky in that seasickness doesn't hit me too hard, but i've
steered away from reading much today and resorted to a post-breakfast

i'm just guessing here, but I bet most research ships bound for the
antarctic are characterized by a quiet period at the beginning.
traveling from south america requires a crossing of the drake passage
and the southern ocean, renowned for large swells and nasty storms
(extra credit if someone can explain why...). right now we've got
6.6 degrees celcius air temperature, 7.2 degrees water temperature,
steady 35-40 knot (40-45 mph) winds from the west, and a moderate
swell from the west. it's not great, but it's far from the worst
that people have seen. only 3 or so more days to go until we get to
(relatively) protected waters near antarctica.

thanks for all the questions earlier today, i'll keep thinking about
cape horn and how explorers could figure out iits shape well enough
to name it. my guess is they mapped what they saw as they sailed
around the continent, using the sun as a guide. we have it a little
easier these days.

we're still finalizing the cruise plan but it is unlikely we'll get
started in earnest until later tomorrow. i'll update then with some
more details on the plan for the next week.


1 comment:

  1. The shadow crew was wondering if your ship has a sextant as well as the digital guidance tools. We are using an astrolabe to measure solar angles and track the angle of isolation changes between equinoxes and although it is a bit simpler, we were wondering if you know how to use it?

    Legend says even Nelson was green often. Crackers, peppermint and ginger were my favorites.