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Dra­ke-Pas­sa­ge – 18-19 Janu­a­ry 2018

18-19 Janu­a­ry 2018 – So now we are real­ly on the way! On Wed­nes­day, we crui­sed through the Bea­gle Chan­nel again, and we reached the open sea on Thurs­day during the ear­ly morning hours. Sin­ce then, we have had ever­ything bet­ween for­ce 4 and 8 on the Beau­fort sca­le, resul­ting in a dai­ly life on board that you have to con­si­der almost com­for­ta­ble, at least in rela­ti­on to the expec­ta­ti­ons one should rea­listi­cal­ly have in the Dra­ke-Pas­sa­ge on a 22-met­re boat. Which does not mean that ever­y­bo­dy is con­stant­ly smi­ling, the­re has been some fish fee­ding, but all wit­hin rea­son.

Gal­le­ry – Dra­ke-Pas­sa­ge – 18-19 Janu­a­ry 2018

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

The watch sche­me gives us some ori­en­ta­ti­on in time which is other­wi­se rather indif­fe­rent, so we are living pret­ty much from watch to watch. Four hours on and eight hours off, that’s the deal, fol­lowing good mari­ti­me tra­di­ti­on. The­re are several of us in each watch group, so we can take it in turns on the wheel, usual­ly spen­ding half an hour so we can swap befo­re we get cold. That’s altog­e­ther not too bad at all. Nobo­dy is for­ced to do anything in case of sea­sick­ness or wha­te­ver, but for most, being out­side and stee­ring the ship is actual­ly a pret­ty wel­co­me chan­ge from the rou­ti­ne other­wi­se. Being on your own on deck for a litt­le while, sharing time with wind, waves and the occa­sio­nal Giant petrel or Black-bro­wed alba­tross that is pas­sing by, is a good thing. Time is get­ting slower, and this con­stant urge to get some­thing done is alrea­dy left behind some­whe­re bey­ond the nort­hern hori­zon. Dai­ly life on the ship next to the wat­ches is most­ly sleep, half-sleep, rea­ding, meals and con­ver­sa­ti­on. Life at sea, which will last for 3-4 days altog­e­ther. We expect to reach the South Shet­land Islands on Sunday.

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