Thursday 2 January 2014

North-Bound with Tailwinds

Personal experience and weather records confirm that southerly winds blowing northward are uncommon. But that is the situation we find ourselves in today as we make our way across Drake Passage. The FRAM is proceeding northward with moderate following seas, our ride is comfortable and we are making good time to the tip of South America.

The FRAM is accompanied by a large number of Cape Petrels, some are nearby possibly taking advantage of the air currents caused by the FRAM’s superstructure. Others more distant are gliding and scooping up bits of food from the sea surface. All day we have had Light Mantled Sooty Albatrosses and Giant Petrels joining our traveling ornithological collection.

After lunch we gathered on the fore-deck for a group photo, followed by waffles in the observation lounge.

Lectures continued in English and Norwegian and tonight, all nationalities will be put to the test in our expedition quiz, hosted by the expedition team.