Day 1 |
Jan 03, 2012

Ushuaia, Argentina

By Shoshanah Jacobs, Marine Biologist

Co-ordinates: 54o 48’ S, 068o 17’ W
Air Temperature: 14o C
Pressure: 1003 HPa
Wind: 7 km / hour
Weather: Overcast and warm with very little wind

There is nothing better than starting an adventure to the Antarctic with calm weather in Ushuaia! The pier was fairly busy with many fishing boats and one other expedition ship sailing in and out throughout the day.

All went well on this exciting day. All guests arrived by 17.00. Afternoons on embarkation day are fairly standard as we need to get through many of the mandatory meetings required by international maritime law – Mandatory Safety Drill at 17:00 where all guests gather in The Theatre and listen to a brief outline of the safety issues and features on the ship, then they try on the bright orange lifejackets and the crew escorts them out to the lifeboat muster stations so that everyone has a good idea of what would take place in the event of an emergency onboard.

At 18:45, the final event of the evening was held, once again, in The Theatre – the Crew and Staff Introductions. Heads of Departments came up on stage and were introduced. These were followed by the Expedition Team introductions. We had said goodbye to three of our team members this morning and were joined by their replacements this afternoon. Though it is often sad to see our friends leave for far off places, it is wonderful to catch up with others and hear tales of their adventures when they were not sailing with us.

The Silver Explorer left the pier at 18.00 and we sailed out into the Beagle Channel for the rough waters of the Drake Passage. Tomorrow morning will likely not be so calm.