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8 January 2007

We celebrated Matthieu’s birthday last Saturday, giving us a good reason to extend the festive season. 

125th day of drift.
Position: 83˚44’N, 138˚44’E
Course and Speed: S, 0.2 knots
Wind: NW,12 knots
Sea Ice: Stable
Visibility: Good, clear sky
Moon: Third quarter
Air Temperature: -37˚C
Water Temperature: -1.7˚C

We celebrated Matthieu’s birthday last Saturday, giving us a good reason to extend the festive season. It is special milestones like this that help to punctuate the passing of time during the timeless polar night. Coinciding with the date of the epiphany, we gave Matthieu a colourful, albeit slightly unconventional performance, reenacting this event. At our location of 83 degrees north, with the guiding North Star directly overhead, we saw the arrival of the three kings, myself as Balthazar, Bruno as Melchior, Nico as Gaspar accompanied by Herve as Jesus. As we were enjoying an aperitif we also had a phone call announcing the arrival of Denys first grandchild, Raphael. This gave us even more reason to celebrate. Sunday was a predictably slow day, the highlight being our weekly banya.

Today has started with a beautiful red moon on the horizon. With a new CTD hole now behind Tara we are once again able to start the soundings in full swing this week. Ice conditions have been stable for the past week and temperatures have plummeted to -40˚C at times, ensuring that the new ice resulting from the last period of ice movement has now solidified.

Grant