The night closes in


9 November 2006

It has been sometime since we have had any significant wind but overnight we had up to 50 knots from the south. This strong blow has propelled us at a relatively high speed of 1 knot to the north. We were expecting some movement in the ice, however our icescape has remained stable, amazing when you think about the mass of ice moving together. With these conditions making work outside difficult we are concentrating on inside jobs today – preparing material for deployment next week, writing and servicing machinery.

The polar night continues to close in, defining the limits of our world. As expected this is starting to have some effect on our biological rhythms. However, staying busy with activities on board and keeping a regular daily routine ensures that we don’t go into hibernation mode!