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Thursday, February 3, 2011

RV Celtic Explorer Newfoundland Mission - DAY SIX

Date 03/02/2011 Time: 2032 hrs (UTC)

Position: 49 deg 41 N 35 deg 06 W, Speed 7.5 Knots

706 miles to go to St Johns    Wind 55Knots SW

Activities onboard to day:

Pretty wild onboard  night last night with winds of force 11+ for most of the early night ,wind was hitting 65 knots + for quite a long time , Waves were pretty high at c.9-10 metres which gave every one a great nights sleep (not!). 

The vessel crew worked like a well oiled machine as usual  keeping the vessel safe and secure  at all times ,  a lot of things can go wrong quickly in this sort of weather but they are able to anticipate and rectify things as and often before they occur.

We are working away at the xbt deployments and have good coverage to date :

Pink = CTD  Green = XBT      
Note: Gaps are due to bad weather preventing deployment. 
We will route just north of the Flemish Cap which should provide interesting data .


The bird and cetacean watching teams  were delighted to see a juvenile  Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) alight for a rest (picture Sheena Fennel)

As well as the above they spotted Kittiwakes , puffins  and  fulmars as well as 12 pilot whales.
 
The water temperature is starting to drop now and will drop all the way until we reach freezing off St John’s. 

The weather here is quite amazing in the pace at which it evolves, we actually sailed through the evolving  low that will hammer Ireland today, and today we went from 5 to 65 knots in about 5 minutes! It seems like wave after wave of depression goes past the tip of Newfoundland.

We will have to break out the winter woollies shortly as temperature is due to go  -10 c with snow and possible freezing spray as we approach Newfoundland.

That’s it for the moment


Aodhan Fitzgerald


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