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With the wind behind us and a following sea the James Clark Ross is making good progress north towards our next port,  Recife,  and all being well we should arrive next Sunday to embark the team for the next science cruise.

Sunday is an important day on board.  It is the day the ship has a 'scrub-out',  a really good clean from top to bottom.  This is followed by the Master's Inspection,  with the Purser also attending.  These weekly checks ensure that everything is as it should be,  from cabins,  science labs to fridges and freezers.

After lunch I took a walk to the Forecastle,  this picture is looking aft down the port side.  It has been a breezy day and the sea is fairly large, but because it has been behind us the motion has been very good,  allowing me to get my ironing done!  Sadly the same can't be said for the Ernest Shackleton.  They are further off the coast,  in deeper water and their first two days out of Montevideo have not been very nice for them.  Thankfully conditions have now improved and hopefully they will get a period of calm weather.

The JCR carries a lot of spares,  some of which get used more frequently than others.  The Forecastle is home to the spare anchor.  Over the years the ship has lost a few,  so it is something worth carrying.

There is not too much cargo or science equipment on the aft deck for the trip north to the UK,  this is the outboard motors and parts of the Humber inflatable boats.  These will go ashore in the UK to be serviced and so ready for their next use in the Antarctic next season.

A selection of heaving lines neatly tied to a railing.  These lines are normally used to get the much larger mooring lines ashore,  by throwing the weighted end (also known as a monkeys fist) ashore.  They often come in handy if something needs to be tied down for a short period of time whilst working on deck or to heave tools up a mast.

  With no scientists on board just now the labs and scientific spaces are all very empty.  This will change once the team join us in Recife and during the passage to Ascension Island there will be a lot of setting up,  or mobilising,  of equipment.  By the time the JCR arrives they will be ready to get on with the science.

The view aft from the Nav Bridge Deck this afternoon.

Radio:  I have now got the amateur radio station operational and have had a few contacts on 17m. The JCR has just entered grid GG and will remain in it for the next three days or so. In addition to this I also have  a WSPR station listening on 10m continuously with received signals being posted to the WSPR website.  Getting some good results from this.

Noon Position Report

Latitude: 33 17 S
Longitude: 48 10 W
Bearing: 55 T, 517 Nm from Montevideo Pilot
Course Made Good 320 T
 Destination 1: Recife
ETA at 11.8 knots is 05:00 on 20 May 2017
Destination 2: Recife
ETA at 10.2 knots is 11:00 on 21 May 2017
Distance Travelled: 283
Total Distance Travelled: 517
Steam Time: 24
Total Steam Time: 44.8
Average Speed: 11.8
Total Average Speed: 11.5
Wind: Direction WSW, Force 8
Sea State: Moderate
Air Temp: 22.1 C Sea Temp: 24.9 C
Pressure: 1001.3 Tendency (3 hrs): Steady

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Mike Gloistein
gm0hcq @ gm0hcq.com