"A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it" – John Steinbeck
So here we sit, still anchored just outside of King George Island, land in sight but not able to be reached due to unfavourable winds. We hope to sail into harbour tomorrow, but with the conditions changing seemingly on a whim, we’ve learned to go with the flow and not pin our hopes solidly on a fixed outcome or time frame. Antarctica doesn’t work that way – it throws up so many variables, anyone who travels here needs to be flexible, adaptable and patient. The crew of Alexandra Shackleton have made the most of this little roadblock by using the time wisely. They’ve been sorting, mending and testing out their replica vintage gear, taking weather readings and reading up on Shackleton history. Tim even did some ironing today, thoroughly trashing his reputation as a wild adventurer! The winds have abated a little from the 56 knots of yesterday, but it’s still pretty gusty, with the never ending, low howl still audible from below deck.
The crossing of the Drake Passage drained many of us, so this time to recuperate, rest and reflect is actually an advantage, particularly for the crew of Alexandra Shackleton who will soon be out in the elements, conducting sea trials. An extra day on board the support boat Australis is no hardship for any of us – she’s a beautiful yacht, well equipped to accommodate us. Being surrounded by such stunning icy terrain is a bonus… a bonus we can’t wait to finally set foot on!
- by Jo Stewart, Shackleton Epic blogger
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