The Bureau of Meteorology kindly keeps the public up to date with the weather in the icy south and even though it is high summer it is still chilly. Dumont D’Urville, close to where we first land, hasn’t gotten much above zero which is not entirely unexpected considering it is Antarctica. Of more immediate interest is what is happening on the high seas. I do like that expression “high seas”, makes me feel like a pirate. Anyway according to the Bureau, south of our fair continent the winds are 10-15 knots with low to moderate swell. Further south still, winds increase to 20-30 knots and the swell is moderate. I like the warning they give:
“PLEASE BE AWARE
Wind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.”
So that means further south could be very windy indeed and the swell rather… rough. Excellent, I do love an angry sea, especially when on a large and stable boat. It is one of the things I have been looking forward to, seeing the Southern Ocean and all its fury. We are set to depart at 22:30 which may be a blessing, although I do like watching the coast disappear on your way out into the ocean, it will give me a chance to get my sea legs while sleeping. I’ve been very fortunate to date that I have not suffered badly from sea sickness; one should never be so foolish as to state that they never get seasick. Last time I was at sea there was a poor chap who was so sick he didn’t leave his cabin floor for 3 days. Some like to medicate, but personally sea sickness tablets makes me drowsy and a bit useless. I ate a lot of crystallized ginger last time, but apparently I am not particularly good at self dosing and I ate too much, which made me feel sick. So I may be brave and try to go it alone. How hard can it be to stare down a microscope on a very rough sea when you feel sick?