Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Approved for boarding"


Equipment testing

Medical Screening

Pre-departure training

First aid training

Kitting ...


… and so on

The last two months have been incredibly busy getting prepared. But the Aurora Australis is now sitting in front of Mac-2 ready for sailing. The cargo is loaded, and the expedioners finish packing. Tuesday, we will start sailing down South to reach Davis, the first step in our Voyage.

The sailing across the 40 and 50 degrees is expected to be rough.
A large amount of depressions are following each other forming swells up to 7 meters high. "The roaring forties" and "furious fifties" haven't lost their reputation. Time for sea sickness.

Last but not least, we will have to find our way in the sea ice. And since 2011 the sea ice conditions are far from normal. The ice is now reaching 55° S in front of Davis, a record for the month.
                                           




 Compiled by the U.S. National Ice Center
Ice chart issue date: 2013-10-11


… See you in 2 weeks ?