Lat 39 56.3 S
Long 058 47.8 W
COG 215 SOG 4.5
Weather good to very good. Sunny and bright ful moon at night.
Time for an update.
Last week we landed safely in Montevideo, Uruguay. The city had a very
relaxed vibe although there are about 1.2 million people living there.
We stayed in Montevideo for 5 days. Part of the crew and Voyage crew/
guests went home and others came. We got stores, new spare parts, some
extra sleep, live music and a beer.
I handed over the ship to Captain Klaas and now have a new role on board
as First Officer, ready to discover the Falklands, South Georgia and the
Antarctic. I am very happy and will learn a lot I think.
On the day of departure to the Falklands, just before we left I went
with a ship chandelier to gather the last items in Montevideo.
Some screws for the bosun, Loctite for the Engineer, cement for the
anchors, a hub for the IT department amongst many more items.
In his car we drove to many different places.
First we went to something that looked like Playmobil Land, people with
bright outfits, bright forklifts, bright helmets and colourful
signalling posts, but they didn't move to much.
The highlight was the drive-in tool shop where you park your car inside
this huge shop surrounded by endless pumps, electric screwdrivers,
welding machines and many more items. My personal Credit Card was about
to burn through my pocket, very eager to spend money. Luckily I was able
to contain myself and bought nothing. Well almost nothing.
Just before I left Holland I quickly went to an outdoor shop to find
some Antarctica clothes.
For the last 10 years I have been able to escape the severe winter
conditions. It was time to trade my shorts and flip-flops for something
I got a pair of very big Everest-and-beyond-climbing-shoes, each one is
about as big as I am. (I say this because I am used to only wearing
Flip-flops. For their size the shoes are surprisingly light though.)
I bought thermal underwear and a hat and then my budget was done.
So here I was. Ready to conquer the Antarctic in my Thermo Underwear.
Even with logo of the Bark Europa attached to it, it still would not
look very professional.
I had to come up with a better plan. Time for Plan B
At home I found my spendex-Iceskating outfit and a
Although this was better, I was still afraid that I would be arrested if
I arrived in a bycycle-Iceskating outfit with an energy bar and Banana
in my back pocket at the beach in St George or Deception Island
To wait for further Antarctica shopping till arrival in Montevideo when
my new monthly allowance is in my account.
The ship chandelier brought me by a shop for safety items. This is where
I got lucky I found everything that I needed.
There was a very friendly man surrounded by endless boxes in an old
building, outside it was 27 degrees Celsius.
When I explained I was to go to Antarctica, He started climbing over one
of the big-box-mountains-ridges and then, from far away, somewhere
behind the first series of box mountains I heard his voice.
I heard some other noise and the appeared with my new outfit.
It was Silver Grey and the size of a space outfit. It has reflectors and
I could add a golden cap to the front and breathing apparatus to the
back. Ready for the moon!
He told me this was special for people that need to work in extreme
refrigerating plants and other space projects. I am a happy man!
In the mean time we are at sea. The water temperature has dropped to 12
degrees and the air temperature is 11. Every day we loose 2 degrees on
the thermometer. Let's see when it will stop.
I look forward to more cold and all the beautiful things we'll encounter
during the coming period.
Safe sailing Fos
Lat 39 56.3 S