Daily Archives: December 13, 2009

After a day spent just offshore from the Falklands taking on fuel for the whole month's journey we endured the rite of passage now known as the Drake Shake (the Drake Pasage). It's notorious as one of the roughest crossings on the planet, and on our crossing, gave us Force 9 gales and 6m waves. Sadly, this blew us far enough west off-course to miss the South Shetland Isles. But we discovered a new use for lifejackets - as head padding against the bunk headwall when the ship rolls more than 30deg!

First Week in Antarctica