...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.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The last sitrep for this journey

Tuesday 16-Nov-2010

Report (sitrep) no. 126
Universal time: 0700
Australian Time: 1800 (Eastern Standard/Summer)
Position on Map: 68° 34' S, 77° 53' E (degrees latitude, longitude)
Heading: parked in ice
Current speed: at Davis
Distance in last 24 hours: 52.5 nm (nautical miles)
Distance to next waypoint:  (nautical miles)
Weather conditions: 1/8 cloud cover, E’ly winds E’ly 10 knots
Air temperature: 2 (degrees Celsius)
Sea temperature: -1.7 (degrees Celsius)
Sea conditions: Nil
Ice conditions: 10/10 fast-ice

We arrived at station this morning and parked up in the ice. Lovely to see the snow-capped islands off Davis tinged with morning sun. The station leader and deputy came out to the ship and briefed everyone on board about station rules and procedures. After that, began the process of getting everyone ashore for station and vehicle inductions. We have gone from being a rowdy ship to extremely quiet, and vice versa for station! It is good to see some familiar faces of the wintering crew again. Refuelling and cargo operations commenced today amidst glorious blue sky and sunshine. We are hoping for similar conditions tomorrow. REGARDS: Karin, Sharon & Lance

And the first email from Davis...
"Heya dear........big day as you may have expected.  Have just got my email up and running, its now 10:30 at night and I’m knackered.
Will hopefully email you tomorrow with an update etc.........
Love you very much"

Well, that's the end of the sitreps for this year's summerers and winterers but of course, the Aurora Australis now has to refuel and do all that needs doing before bringing back the 2009/2010 winterers to Australian shores.  As for Justin, the journey now begins.  I can't wait to start receiving news of the base and what he is up to but I know that these first few days especially are going to be very busy for him.
If you would like to send Justin a question, please do so in the comments.

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