First impressions of life aboard the James Clark Ross

Now that we’re firmly at sea (our current position is 58.08S, 48.88W), I feel that this is a good time to run through some of the expected and some of the more unexpected aspects of life aboard the James Clark Ross.

Let’s start with some expected events:
• Being chosen to model the full emergency immersion suit during the safety briefing.
• Being chosen to model the deck harness during the science familiarisation meeting.
• A not insignificant dose of sea sickness.
• Sightings of albatross, penguins, seals, dolphins and whales.
• Some icebergs.
• The cold (current air temperature is 1.1C, current sea temperature is 2.4C).
• Exiting the toilet to find the ex-prime minister of Uruguay inspecting my cabin.

Actually, in hindsight, that last point was relatively unexpected.

More unexpected events:
• Exiting the toilet to find the ex-prime minister of Uruguay inspecting my cabin.
• Full cooked breakfast, 3-course lunch and 5-course dinner with waiter service.
• An accessible and well stocked bar.
• Finding my sea legs on the second day from port.
• Being excited by the mere sight of kelp.
• The difficulty of making a decent cup of coffee aboard.

More news to follow once scientific sampling starts, but for now, I leave you with a picture of me and Michelle taken just as we left Stanley:

Brimming with confidence

 

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