Despatch No 45 -
Alongside at East Cove, Mare Harbour, East Falkland
RAF Mount Pleasant
51.8° S 58.5° W
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Current estimates are
that we will depart at around 0900Z (1200 local time) bound for Antarctica. We've
been delayed a couple of days while awaiting the low pressure weather system that is
currently transiting through the Drake Passage which is the stretch of ocean that we have
to cross en-route to the Antarctic Peninsula. There's another low pressure system
following this one and we hope that we can time our passage to pass between these two low
pressure systems so as to minimise the rough weather that we'll encounter. This
promises to be an interesting next few days, for our crew, and certainly will be an
introduction to ocean sailing the likes of which few novice sailors encounter. We
are fortunate to be in the safe hands of Andy Bristow, Windy Gale and the other
experienced sailors in the crew!
"The 'Antarctic Team ' are sailing tomorrow, bound for the Antarctic
As time allows we hope to return
shortly to the routine of publishing despatches regularly. Meanwhile please rest
assured that everyone is well and that we are as ready as we can be, thanks to the help
and assistance of our hundreds of friends, supporters & sponsors, for whatever
adventures lie ahead between now and February 10th 2001 when we are scheduled to return to
the Falkland Islands.
We also hope to recount some of our
activities here in the Falkland Islands so as to fill in the gaps since our last detailed
despatch. Meanwhile here all we all are, less the photographer, Tim.......
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It's cooler at Rothera
Point than on the John Laing!
temperature at Rothera)
temperature at Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands)
67.6° S 68.1° W