Most of Friday was spent amongst pack ice, which at times made deployment of equipment interesting.
The weather continues to be good, with light winds and clear skies.
As the James Clark Ross progresses further to the north, we are seeing more pack ice, which in turn means that the passage can be a bit bumpy. Typically the ship is on station throughout the day and then steams overnight to the next science station, to start work in the morning. This can mean a bit of a bumpy night for all on board.
On Friday evening as the ship was heading further north two polar bears were spotted.
Noon Position Report Friday, 26 July 2013
|Latitude:||76° 14.6 N|
|Longitude:||005° 23.8 W|
|Bearing:||246 °T, 302 Nm from Longyearbyen|
|Total Distance Travelled:||2330|
|Total Steam Time:||219.51|
|Total Average Speed:||10.61|
|Wind:||Direction SW, Force 3|
|Air Temp: 2.9 °C||Sea Temp: 1.1 °C|
|Pressure: 1009.1||Tendency (3hrs): Steady|
Occasional fog later in period.
V/l Moving easily in open water to slight sea.
V/l working through large patches of 3-7/10ths pack ice overnight for part of period.
Several icebergs encountered along transit.