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A perfect day, a perfect start

Posted by Anne-Cathrin Wölfl (AWI), Germany on 17 November 2011

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Let’s start with yesterday. It was one of those days, when you have to be ready for departure all the time - the weather is just good enough that you think you can get out, but bad enough that they don’t want to let you out. [blog in English and Spanish]

After several unsuccessful calls and visits to the diving house, I decided to take an afternoon nap and was almost asleep when Christian knocked on the door, telling me that we would leave in 20 minutes. So we prepared our instruments and put on our survival suits and that was as far as we got that day, because 5 minutes later the leader of the base came and told us that we could not go out, since the wind speed had increased.

So this morning we tried again and it turned out to be the perfect day for our measurements. We started at 10 o’clock in the morning, together with the zodiacs from Ilona and Jule that had brought equipment to their study site just outside of Potter Cove. We had the sun shining on water as smooth as glass with little icebergs drifting within, that we occasionally had to push away, so that they would not harm our device. At the end of the day we are looking back on a 6 hour trip with 25 nautical miles covered, 2 MB hydroacoustic data collected, and lots of impressions of this astonishing polar environment that we are lucky enough to see. 

 

Un día perfecto, un principio perfecto

Empecemos con el día de ayer. Era uno de esos días, cuando  se debe  estar listo para la partida constantemente - el clima parecía suficientemente bueno para salir,  pero no tan bueno que lo que toman la decision nos  dejaban salir.

Después de algunas llamadas fallidas y visitas a la casa de buceo, decidí tomar una siesta de tarde y estaba casi dormido cuando Christian llamó a la puerta, diciéndome que partiríamos en 20 minutos. Así que preparamos nuestros instrumentos y nos colocamos nuestros trajes de supervivencia, pero solo fue un intento lejano. Porque 5 minuto después el jefe de la base vino y nos dijo que no podíamos salir, porque la velocidad del viento había aumentado.

Así que esta mañana tratamos otra vez y pensamos que sería el día perfecto para nuestras mediciones. Empezamos a las 10 de la mañana, con los Zodiac junto con Ilona y Jule que tenían que  trabajar justo fuera de Caleta Potter. El sol brillaba sobre el agua, tan suave como el vidrio, con pequeños escombros de hielos que se movían empujados por el viento y, que ocasionalmente tuvimos que empujar, para que no dañaran nuestro dispositivo. Al final del día, miramos hacia atrás habíamos navegado 6 horas con 25 millas marinas cubiertas, 2 megabytes que los datos de hydroacoustic colectado, y muy impresionados de este ambiente polar asombroso, y pensamos de que somos realmente muy afortunados.

 

 


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  • que lindo relato! quiero leer mas... saludos

    Posted by seba, 22/11/2011 11:58pm (8 years ago)

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