Lance was right, the swell was not that large at around 4-4.5- metres. What made last night so interesting was that we couldn’t hide from it. It is normal to turn the ship into the wind but when the ocean is confused, as it was this evening, it comes from all directions. We had been warned already to lash everything down in our cabins so when the announcement came that we were going to turn the ship and it may roll, we continued reading in the library. It did roll. As did all the chairs, the condiments, the magazines and what sounded like half the kitchen. The chairs in the mess have clips so you can hook them down, but that’s only helpful if you can stay by the hook for long enough without sliding across the floor.
I’ll admit it. I loved it. It’s quite amazing to watch the ocean rise above the porthole. I am not talking about waves splashing against the port hole, but the ship rolling over into the waves. It’s like living in a washing machine. Obviously in such conditions the CTD can’t go over the side so all sampling was cancelled for the evening. Work on the computer was also a little hard, so we played Pictionary instead. This was particularly amusing seeing the coffee table we were playing around kept trying to run away from us, as did the cards and the dice. And I can’t draw.
I’m writing from my bunk where I am wedged between pillows and my survival bag. I thought that my cabin mate Delphine had tidied up the desk but it turns out it all slid off the sticky mat and ended up on the floor, as did the sticky mat. The ship is very quiet as everyone bunkers down for the night. The swell is not going to change for the next few days but hopefully it will come from the one direction. It has been an exhilarating experience being thrown around by the Southern Ocean, I feel I have lived. However, we are on a tight schedule Neptune, so we’ll need to get back to work soon.