Smaaland Cove to Cape CharlotteChris
28/11/2010, 54 31.24'S:36 04.68'W, Moltke Harbour, South Georgia
What a day. They kayakers got up at 2am and started paddling shortly after four.On Pelagic we had a more leisurely wake up at four am and got underway at five. Our plan was to meet the kayakers at the entrance to Drygalski fjord but when we got into the fjord the wind was howling down it at close to 40 knots, as it often does out of Drygalski) so we didn't expect to meed the kayakers. They were there however, sheltering at Nattriss Head waiting for us and a lull so that they could cross. They paddled a little way up the fjord in the lee of a headland to get a better angle for the crossing and when a lull came they were ready to paddle straight accross.
Around the CornerChris
27/11/2010, 54 50.32'S:36 00.67'W, Larsen Harbour, South Georgia
Sorry there was no update yesterday, but we didn't do anything or go anywhere so you didn't miss anything. There was quite a strong wind all day, but what stopped the kayakers from moving was the large swell offshore. The swell was coming from a low pressure system a long way south of us and not generated by the local winds. The local winds on top of the swell made made conditions too rough to proceed. Pelagic rolled uncomfortably in her anchorage all day. In the evening we went ashore for a walk along the beach. The beach was covered in Elephant seal weaners (which are harmless) and pretty much free of fur seals (which are not harmless) so that was nice. On a tussac headland were a lot of breeding birds; giant petrels, cape petrels, various prions, light mantled sooties, south georgia pipets, south georgia pintails, among others.
A short dayChris
25/11/2010, 54 49.28'S:36 12.23'W, Trollhul, South Georgia
Today was another windy one. The kayak team made a start from Diaz Cove but only got as far as Ranvik when they decided to call it a day after encountering heavy sea conditions causing a couple of capsizes. They camped there for the rest of the day leaving us to our own devices in Trollhul. The afternoon was very wet along with the wind so a walk ashore wouldn't have been much fun either. Today was Matias' birthday so we celebrated with pizza and cake, all baked by Julie. The wind is due to decrease mid morning tomorrow.
An Elephant seal sat on my kayakChris
24/11/2010, 54 49.28'S:36 12.23'W, Trollhul, South Georgia
A restless night on anchor for us, but a much more troubled night for the kayak team! An elephant seal running away from a fight crashed over the top of Sigrid's kayak and caused it some considerable damage, splitting it open in several places. At least the seal didn't crash over tent!
23/11/2010, 54 31'S:36 36.32'W, Ducloz Head, South Georgia
Well we rolled around in the swell all night last night as it built from the south west. The kayakers had a comfortable night ashore in their tent, but when it came time to leave the beach to start paddling it was their turn to be troubled by the surf.
A long day at workChris
22/11/2010, 54 21.55'S:36 57.35'W, Sandefjord, South Georgia
The williwaws and katabatic wind that had been giving us a hard time in Nilse Hullet finally eased just after midnight, but then went south pushing Pelagic around onto her mooring lines and towards the beach so it was time to leave; naturally it was sleeting at the time. We got in the shore lines and anchor and motored out into the bay where we drifted for the rest of the night until the kayakers got started for the day. Wayne took the first watch while the rest of us got a little sleep.
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