Despatch No 71 -
Mare Harbour, Falkland Islands
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satellite picture of the South Atlantic Ocean.
hrs GMT on 4th February 2002, John Laing was all secure at moorings in East
Cove of the Falkland Islands."
At 0300 hrs GMT on 4th February
2002, John Laing was all secure at moorings in East Cove of the Falkland Islands. The yacht and all crew are safe and well. The moment marks the end of the Antarctic leg of
the British Army Antarctic Expedition; an extraordinary experience we personally consider
to be amongst the greatest privileges we have had the honour to enjoy. We return, as we began, as friends and joined now
by the common bond of shared experience.
Whether we have sailed
furthest or fastest or climbed mountains higher, harder or first (or whatever) is
immaterial for those that have it in them and are hovering on the brink of trying
something that at first seems an enormous challenge fulfillment will come only from
an attempt. The real test is in the setting
out in the first place and we salute all John Laing shipmates from this leg and those that
have gone before for having the courage to do so.
As we said yesterday,
there is more of the Expedition to go and we very much hope readers of Expedition
Despatches will continue to follow our exploits as we bring the Expedition
yacht John Laing northwards to her UK homecoming in May.
More photographs and reports from the field studies elements of the Expedition will
be posted to the website in the weeks ahead. In
the meantime, a shower beckons! Our email
address will be open as usual but our next Despatch from the yacht will be on about the 16th
of February as John Laing departs on our next leg. Thank
you for following our exploits.
Andy Bristow, James
Harris and Dick Pattison
Joint Expedition Leaders
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It's warmer on the
John Laing than at Rothera Point!
temperature at Rothera)
67.6° S 68.1° W