10th March

Sorry for falling off the diary for a couple of days. By the time Frances ( my cabin mate ) and I had finished fuel duty at midnight on Monday the wind was blowing too hard for the zodiac ( rubber boat ) to take us back to the ship, so we had to sleep ashore ( I found a bed in the hospital ). It turned into a blizzard which lasted all day Tuesday and most of yesterday, and I finally got back to the ship last night. I have to sleep now but I promise I will write a HUGE email as soon as I wake up, telling you all about it, zzzzzzzzzzzzzz,

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21st February

Its about 5.00 pm on my first day at sea. We are 200 nautical miles south-west of Hobart in fairly calm seas. I’m still finding my sea legs but haven’t been sick. The anti-seasick tablets make me very sleepy and I had a delicious sleep last night, feeling snug and safe in my bunk as the ship crashed through the sea.

22nd February

Ít doesn’t really feel as though I’m on my way to Antarctica. It feels more like I am on a floating health farm, fabulous food, great gym, no stresses or worries. It has been foggy all day today with calm seas but even so I am very careful about going on deck. It’s such a big ocean that I can’t help imagining how terrible it would be to fall overboard. I watched shearwaters ( mutton birds ) flying around the ship yesterday.