Jan. 5th, 2008

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Click here to show Kapitan Khlebnikov's route in Google Maps. (Or Google Earth)
Ship's Position at 12:00:
  • 38°04.7' S 109°45.5' E
  • Course 37°; Speed 11.5 kts
  • Air temperature 15°C; Water 15°C; Wind 16 kts; Direction 230°
  • Weather: Cloudy; Visibility 6
  • Distance covered past 24 hours: 334.5 nautical miles

Woke this morning to find the ship lolling slowly along at 7.5 kts, bright sun on the sea. Although it has become technically cloudy, the clouds are a thin grey-and-white wash and patches of pale blue are visible, so it's really a fine day. Everyone, me included, is getting their portholes re-opened. The fresh air is very pleasant as long as the wind doesn't switch around to come from the stern. The garbage is stowed below the helicopter deck, at the stern down on Deck 3, and as soon as it began thawing, it began ripening! (I wonder what they'll do with it: it includes both organic and recyclable materials and Australia has very strict rules on what's allowed to be brought in. Incineration?)
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