...and his girl left behind. Justin Chambers is going to Antarctica as a chef, and leaving behind all that is normal, for a whole year. Together, but apart, we will document our experiences (well, he'll give me the info verbally and I will turn that in to a blog post!!) as we live in two quite different worlds for those 12 months.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

And so the ship comes to rest

After 3 weeks and 4 days, the ship has reached Davis base.  The Aurora Australis is approximately 3kms from the base, parked up in the ice.  Some people have been taken by helicopter to the base as they have an important part to play in the disembarkation and refuel, some will be transported by Hagg and others will want to walk the 3-4kms to the base. 
It is a little hard to see in this photo taken by the webcam but you can click here to see the AAD Davis webcam which shows further photos of the ship parked up and is updated every 10 mins.  You can see a bright white line across to the ship which is what the vehicles will follow to get out to the ship and back when unloading.  I have yet to find out how the containers get transported from ship to base but am sure I will.   

Yesterday's sitrep read like this:

Position:  68° 4' S, 77° 52' E

Distance in last 24 hours:  182.6 nm 

Air temperature:  0 deg c

Sea temperature:  -1.2 deg c

"Steaming along to Davis and making good progress. The weather has been quite balmy with light winds and temperatures zero and above. The sightings of wildlife has increased markedly since we came around the West Ice shelf and further south, and the cameras have been steadily clicking away capturing the moments from wildlife to magnificent sunsets. All on board are greatly looking forward to arriving at Davis."

And an update for all crew on board...
"The dart competition was fiercely contested this evening in the bar with Justin "the arrow" Chambers, and Ryan Madden pitted against one another in a nail biting finale!  Justin won the first game and Ryan fought back to take out the second with both games being extremely close in points. The final game was a heated battle and it all came down to "doubles" with Justin "the arrow" living up to his name and taking the game 114 to 97 and therefore winning the competition."

I am very excited for Justin... and now the hard work starts!

All and any comments/questions for Justin will be passed on and answered.

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