STW 26 Blog
Sunday 16th February to Wednesday 12th March 2014
Ushuaia – Antarctica- Ushuaia
Captain: Chris Phillips
1st Mate: Jon West
2nd Mate: Marcin Dobrowolski
Bosun: Lesley Sale
Chief Engineer: Marco Michelangnoli
2nd Engineer: Tamsin Smith
Cook: Derek Carr
Medical Purser: Elizabeth Turner
Supernumerary: Skip Novak
Supernumerary: Piers Alvarez-Munos
Watch Rating: Kirsten Mackay
Bosun’s Mates: Stuart Sheldon, Matt Williams, Nick Tupper
Cook’s Assistant: Victoria Reid
Day 2 Monday 17th February 2014
All of us assembled yesterday, signed on, sorted out, with greetings and recollections. The chaos of thirty-five people moving house simultaneously. The introductions from the PC gelled us into the beginnings of a crew. Then we struggled into our Telly-Tubbie (immersion) suits for the first time. It was our last night ashore and the first night of harbour watch for the select few (us).
Aft port are on watch for departure with our pilot, Daniel, motoring east down the Beagle Channel. It’s a drizzly and overcast day smelling of salt and the sea, at last. The wind is gusting down from the mountains in Argentina to our port – catabatic breezes.
We did all the practices in the morning: immersion suits and water tight doors; harnesses and going aloft; bracing hither and thither.
So now we’re off! Looking forward to our adventure.
AP Watch: Andrew, Eileen, Holly, Chris, Ian, Tom, Barbara, Celia and Louise (authors)