A new phase


29 September 2006

Position: Drifting, 81°09’N, 157°09’E
 Course and Speed: SE, 0.3kts
 Wind: SE, 0-5 knots
 Sea Ice: Broken pack with frozen leads
 Visibility: Excellent
 Daylight hours:
 Cloud Cover: 8/8
 Air Temperature: -8.9°C
 Water Temperature: -1°C

 Brilliant blue sky, a refreshing nip in the air, not a breath of wind, this is the other face of the Arctic we have seen today. Contrary to the typical somber grey sky and humid cold conditions we have been experiencing in the past three weeks, today was ‘one out of the bag’. With calm conditions it was an ideal day to reinstall
the meteorological mast. Measuring 10m in height this mast is now positioned on the aft deck, measuring wind direction and speed, temperature, humidity and pressure. Little by little we feel as if we are recovering from the upheavals of two weeks ago when the ice disintegrated around Tara. We are now entering a new phase hopefully more settled. However, if there is one thing that we have learnt since the ice ‘break-up’, it is that we can never completely relax. The ice is alive and it is the
ice that will decide our course and eventual fate.

In future logs we hope to share with you some of the details of the life on board Tara. What do we eat? How much food do we have on board for 2 years? What do we do to pass the time when not involved in work activities? How do we make and use water and energy? What do we do with our waste? And of course, what are our scientific objectives?