Day 2 |
Jan 14, 2012

En route to the Falkland Islands

By Shoshanah Jacobs, Marine Biologist

Co-ordinates: 53o 00’ S, 063o 00’ W
Air Temperature: 6.5o C
Pressure: 999 HPa
Wind: 40 km / hour
Weather: Overcast and windy

This morning we awoke to strangely calm conditions. The forecast told a tale of strong winds but, alas, we were deceived and, instead, we enjoyed a calm morning of gentle rocking. Breakfast was long and lazy as we prepared mentally for the busy day on board ahead. We had a lot to get through because, with only one day at sea before our first landing, time was certainly in short supply.

But first, Peter, our historian was up with a lecture on the history of the Falkland Islands. Peter did it again: managing to make history funny and interesting. I don’t know how he does it but he always manages to find the ‘dirt’ on a story and the perfect cartoon to accompany it.

Then Will, our ornithologist, was up with his tales of Falkland wildlife. Not only does this gentleman from Scilly know his birds, but he totally knows his Falklands! Of all of us on board he has been here the most and what a pleasure it was to hear him tell us about all the things to keep our eyes open for over the next two days.

With so much to get through before tomorrow, we started early after lunch with a mandatory IAATO briefing outlining the rules and regulations for landing operations. Robin, our Expedition Leader explained that the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica are special places and they need to be treated as such. With so few places upon which to tread, we need to make sure to leave as little evidence of our visit as possible. The cliché saying: ‘take only memories and leave on footprints’ could really not be more appropriate.

Sidey, our photographer, was up next and gave his Photography 101 lecture. He really keeps it simple and maximizes our guests’ chances of taking better photos.

Then it was time to dress up for the Welcome Cocktail Party. These evenings are always my favourite: a chance to chat with guests while eating very small food. Brilliant!