Monday, 25 August 2008

Stormy Seas

With even the most experienced sailors amongst the guest science team having taken some serious strain in the seasickness department, we'll be glad to see the back of the current weather. I find I'm usually OK unless I try something silly like eating or looking at a computer screen... I mainly find myself doing a lot of sleeping. It's also seriously impeding our progress; only being able to make about half the speed we should be able to against the stong current and the near-gale force winds. This will put us quite far behind schedule; at the speed we were doing just after breakfast this morning, it was likely that it would be another 39 hours before we even arrived at our first station. This means that in order to keep on schedule, we'll have to drop some stations we were planning to do.

It looks like we'll be doing shift-work, with 6 hours on and 6 hours off once we're on station; personally, I'd prefer something closer to a "normal" day; my body seems to prefer getting 8-9 hours of sleep in a stretch, but the pace of work aboard a research vessel demands 24 hour a day operations. I've opted for the shifts that run from midnight to 6AM and midday to 6PM; I'm naturally a bit of a night-owl anyway.


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