Dan Costa, aboard the Yuzomegeologia, near Livingston Island - Well, our luck finally ran out. After a wonderful corssing of the Drake Passage from Chile to the Shetland Islands, and a very easy day of offloading supplies at Copa Field Station, we had hoped for the best as we made our passage to Cape Shirreff. The weather was promising as we were able to make it through Nelson pass and save a lot of time getting to the Cape. However, just as we were arriving, the weather picked up. Fifty-knot winds gusted to 70-80 knots. Obviously, it's not the kind of weather you would want to operate small boats in. While the ship is rolling a little bit more than we had on the crossing, it is still quite comfortable. We spent the day getting ready for the off load and planning for the fur seal survey, which we hope will start tomorrow, weather permitting.
Here's the wardroom where we eat our meals. It's not big enough for us to all eat at once, so we eat in two sittings.