Day 24 – 500 miles

Today was the first day in what seem like an eternity that we haven’t been working flat-out.  Due to weather concerns we are heading for a point in the middle of the South Fiji Basin at around 4100m that lies about 540 miles South of New Caledonia.  If we push any further the swell would be ‘adverse to a safe recovery of gear’.  It isn’t as far south as I would like but I can’t control the weather, although I wish I could, I would make it snow.

 

We don’t arrive there until tomorrow evening which made today one of the most mind-numbingly frustrating and down right boring days in living memory.  The are currently steaming at ‘ramming speed’ and thus it is too choppy to actually get on with any other work.  This means I get up every 10 minutes and stomp around the boat hitting things shouting “Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored-de-bored-de-boooored”, much to the annoyance of Heather and particularly Mackenzie.  Occasional we just have to resort to making fun of Ryan, who, in all fairness normally willingly offers up a plate of mick-taking fodder.

 

Ryan is so bored he has taken to devouring Coco Pops (other breakfast cereals are available from all good stores).  It is HIS fault we have run out of milk.

Ryan is so bored he has taken to devouring Coco Pops (other breakfast cereals are available from all good stores). It is HIS fault we have run out of milk.

Speaking of Ryan, he finally turned the washing machine on today which in turn created an anomalous gravitational pull which ruptured the ship-time continuum.  This is unfortunate, as thanks to Ryan every 100 Kaharoa minutes now feel like anything between 3 and 7 Earth minutes.  Watching the clock doesn’t help either, tried it.

 

I saw that Ryan posted a blog yesterday.  I would just like to say that the opinions of ‘that boy’ are not necessarily the opinions of the University of Aberdeen, the NIWA vessels management services or anyone living or dead who may or may not have sailed on this boat or have had anything to do with HADEEP.

 

Go on, have a graph, it isn’t science until there’s a graph.

Go on, have a graph, it isn’t science until there’s a graph.

S’pose I should mention science. With the New Hebrides Trench bit done we can have a look at the final stats.  Asides from the 8 dives in the SouthFijiBasin, we got 29 deployments done in the trench, of which 22 successfully recovered samples or images, giving a success rate of a measly 76%.  Nothing I can do about that now I suppose, but there is plenty of PhD fodder in there for Thom, Heather and whoever is unfortunate to have the poddie samples dumped on their desk on ours return (Niamh?? Hi, how’s it going?).  This means we have samples from 12 stations between 2000 and 7000m deep at a resolution of 450m, and for the imaging we got 10 good dives at a resolution of 530m. Pretty good I suppose.

 

The only thing I have to do is deal with mind-boggling paperwork and endless ambiguous emails with regards to logistics, customs and New Zealand’s infamous biosecurity.  Oh what joy.

 

So without further ado: Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored-de-bored-de-boooored, Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored-de-bored-de-boooored, Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored-de-bored-de-boooored.

 

Alan was so bored, even of watching Ryan eat Coco Pops, he simply passed out without warning: Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored-de-bored-de-zzzzzzzzzzzz.

Alan was so bored, even of watching Ryan eat Coco Pops, he simply passed out without warning: Bored. Bored. Bored. Bored-de-bored-de-zzzzzzzzzzzz.

While working on his lander, Thom was struck by a passing ribbon fracture that was cataclysmically ejected by the ship-time continuum that instantaneously rendered him so bored that he passed out on the spot, and then got sun burnt.  Tragic.

While working on his lander, Thom was struck by a passing ribbon fracture that was cataclysmically ejected by the ship-time continuum that instantaneously rendered him so bored that he passed out on the spot, and then got sun burnt. Tragic.

Tomorrow should be more interesting, then after that it will all go horribly wrong just for your amusement.

 

Alan – 28th November

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