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Go with the floe

Davis departure (12 Dec), turning in our tracks (if only it were that easy)

Davis departure (12 Dec), turning in our tracks (if only it were that easy)

Once captive on the ship we were briefed that it would be a slow journey home. Following the broken refrozen chunks to the fast ice edge a few miles away was easy enough. The journey through the open polynya was very pleasant, with stretches of open water, pancake ice bobbing up and down in the breeze, and young grey sea ice rippling in the wake of the ship as we weaved through majestic icebergs, on the trawl deck drinking our first beers since before resupply.

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The sea ice forms

Strong wind and a trail of grease ice, 2 March

Strong wind and a trail of grease ice, 2 March

Last month has been damn cold. Our last decent blow (87km/hr / 46 knot gusts) was the first few days of March, since then, the wind has averaged under eight knots. When we get the big weather systems come through, obviously the wind chill makes it unpleasant to go outside but in fact the temperature rises by a few degrees. This blow in March however had temperatures several degrees below freezing and we had some grease ice trails form, originating in the shallow sheltered water against the cold rocks and drifting off downwind. And so it began…

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