Hace dos semanas se fueron Steve y Emma. Con ellos, durante todo el mes de noviembre estuvimos trabajando para obtener testigos (tubos) de sedimentos de dos lagos de península Potter (Isla 25 de Mayo-King George Island). [English translation - see below]
The last days have been very interesting in Jubany! The weather has improved a lot and we have been busy working in the Caleta.
The whole Sunday afternoon I was thinking "Should I go out... or not?". The weather was just at the limit and some colleagues went out, but I decided not to go and wait for today. The forecast was very good, but when I looked out the window this morning, it was still windy and there were waves with crests on the cove.
This day was just another day in the row of stormy days that we are experiencing since I don't know when. But even without working in the cove, it gets hardly boring here.
Steve and I were on Maria duty again today (i.e. in the kitchen) and with the additional forty-seven members of Esperanza base we spent almost eight hours helping out today.
This morning we said farewell to the members of Jubany crew who are heading back to Buenos Aires and beyond. However, we then heard that, due to the bad weather, the plane coming to pick them up could not land and so they would stay a little longer.
Today, despite the grey, windy and wet weather, we were happy to continue and complete our work on Lake Mateus. We went back to the base for lunch and met members from the Argentinian Navy, plus our old friends from Bellinnghausen (Russia), Frei, INACH (Chile) and Artigas (Uruguay) bases for lunch.
We left from Mar del Plata on October 30th, and after sailing with the Polar Pioneer for 8 days we arrived at Jubany. It was a great trip, excellent weather and opportunities to see dolphins and especially a high richness of sea birds. We really thank and appreciate the chance to travel with Polar Pioneer!
Unfortunately it was not possible for the caleta sailing team (aka Christian, Nina, Anne and Dolores), or Ilona and Jule to go out to work today. The wind was too strong. Steve, Tamara and I, however, braved it back to GPS Lake 15 to continue some lake coring.
Yesterday was one of the brightest days that I have ever experienced at Jubany. There was virtually no wind and the sea surface was very smooth. A day to go to the outer parts of Potter Cove. We could arrange that and off we went for a RoxAnn survey.