JANUARY 17 – Helicopters heading for the ship. Team finally boarding MV Betanzos.
JANUARY 16 — [TEAM say] Preparation for our departure continues, albeit at a somewhat slower pace than we had hoped. However, the vessel is now fully fueled and all our DXpedition gear, food, and medical and survival gear is aboard. And, you have likely read that team members completed their cold water survival, CPR, and fire-fighting training.
Two team leaders and our merchant marine captain team member (W7IV) have been aboard the vessel. They observed the crew and contractors working hard to complete their projects.
We are awaiting final clearance to sail which will be issued by the Chilean Navy, the regulatory authority for maritime safety.
We remain confident in our success and are anxiously waiting to get underway. Whatever delay we encounter will not impact our results on the island.
JANUARY 14 — 3Y0Z team leaders review current sea ice conditions in the Antarctic. These satellite images will be made available on a daily basis along with other advanced weather data and will be useful “tools” for identifying and avoiding sea ice as the team navigate toward Bouvet.
JANUARY 13 — [TEAM say] Heavy sea ice east and north of King George Island has made navigation between King George Island and Bouvet slow and of increased risk. We will therefore depart from Punta Arenas and sail directly to Bouvet. This has necessitated changes to preparations. That process is underway and moving as fast as possible.
Our sailing time to Bouvet is now estimated at 14 days. We estimate that our sailing date and QRV date will move back 24 to 36 hours. Our QRT date will be extended as necessary to provide everyone with the best possible chance of working Bouvet.