The team celebrated one of the final evenings of the expedition with a Poetry Slam in honor of the Boss himself, Ernest Shackleton.
The seas have been large since leaving South Georgia and today was no exception.
Even though the biggest part of the expedition was complete, the team had a wonderful and packed day yesterday as they landed at a King Penguin colony to enjoy South Georgia's world renowned biodiversity.
Happy Birthday to Barry Gray on our Shackleton Crossing Team! Keep up the good recovery work.
The team completed their Crossing of South Georgia Island yesterday! Early yesterday afternoon the team was picked up by zodiac and rendezvoused with the rest of their shipmates at Fortuna bay where the Plancius was waiting for them.
The Shackleton Crossing team has had a long and grueling day covering roughly 14km across the Fortuna Glacier. However, the sun came out and gave them a welcome opportunity to use their sunscreen, which has been relatively untouched.
If there were one word to describe our team's experience today it would be.... WINDY!
This morning the crossing of South Georgia Island officially began. The team had a hearty breakfast aboard the Plancius before getting shuttled to shore by zodiac. A welcome party of fur seals, elephant seals, and penguins greeted them as they unloaded and began preparing to travel.
The PolarExplorers team is making their final preparations for the crossing of South Georgia Island as the destination draws nearer.
After 6 days of being on the water, the Plancius has finally turned toward the main goal of the expedition, South Georgia Island. As of our last contact with the team at 8pm November 7th (UTC-2), they were approximately 1/3 of the way to South Georgia Island from The Falklands. After leaving the protection of the Falkland Islands, the ship once again entered into big seas, but with their sea legs still strong, no one on board have had trouble with the rolling and bucking of the ship.
Below you'll find two of our recent Audio Updates. Parts of the calls are garbled, but still very interesting to hear.
The team arrived at Steeple Jason Island in the Falklands yesterday morning. The protection of the islands was welcome for all on board as it gave a respite from the rocking swells they had been enduring for the last two days.
Update from Expedition Leader Annie Aggens:
The wind and waves picked up overnight and we were rocking and rolling all day. Waves were splashing over the bow and coming as high as the dining room windows. By 4 PM the wind was was sustained at 36 knots and the max gust was 64 knots. Seas 4-5 meters with an occasional 6-7 meter wave. Most people are faring OK. Some of us retreat to our rooms for some time lying flat on our beds.
We expect to reach the Falklands early tomorrow morning and dock on the Northeast side of Steeple Jason Island.
The team has been enduring big seas for the last day but our guides report that the our team is fairing well. While the seas are 3-5 meters average and occasionally larger, the motion of the boat is mostly pitching rather than rolling. There were two lectures on board today about the Falkland Islands along with one on photography and the team even took some time to set up their tents on the bouncing back deck.
The day began casually as our team took the last opportunity explore around Puerto Madryn and take care of any last minute shopping. When 3:00PM arrived, the team boarded the m/v Plancius to settle in. One checked in to their rooms, everyone on board took part in a safety briefing and life boat drills before the ship left port around 6:00PM. The team spent the rest of the afternoon continuing to settle into their new home and observing the multitude of Southern Right Whales congregating in and around the bay.