Posted by: tim ellis | October 9, 2005

Antarctica – Saturday 27th November, 2004

Another calm and sunny day. The weather is so good we have made a record crossing of Drake’s passage with an average speed of 15 knots.

Jannie gives us a disembarkation briefing this morning. ‘There is no need to take notes’ he says, ‘everything will be in the programme. And if you don’t want to read it, we’ll announce the times on the tannoy too!’

The weather remains good until we enter the Beagle Channel where we encounter some local rain squalls – which does lead to some impressive rainbows. Our good time means we dock in Ushuia before the farewell cocktail party & dinner (only just before – the captain can be seen guiding the boat in in full dress uniform!) – Spook and I have been invited to dine with the Staff Captain – a Ukranian called Alexander Dudov – whose job is apparently ‘everything the captain doesn’t want to do’

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