8 December 2007
30 miles away from the ice edge
Latest satellite charts show that we are now less than 30 miles away from the ice
edge, 30 miles away from being liberated into open sea again after our icy voyage of almost one and a half years. Although there is a possibility that we will continue to drift parallel to the ice edge along the coast of Greenland, we could equally be flushed out with the next storm. In preparation for this crucial moment, yesterday we fired up the port side motor and engaged the propeller, the fist time it has turned since September 2006. This test passed with no problems, all systems go! We also installed and hoisted our small staysail, a pleasure for us sailors to see after looking at bare rigging for so long. With the engine turning and the sail up we could almost feel Tara pushing towards her freedom. The atmosphere aboard is one of mounting excitement as we start to feel and look like a sailboat once again. We are almost ready to head to sea, but certainly not in any rush to leave the aurora lit skies overhead.