28th December 2008

We are still searching for leads heading south but heavy snow and visibility, down to 500m, is making searching for anything difficult right now.

The weather is SW 20kts, air temp -2, sea temp -1.5, sea flat calm, sea ice drifting NE at ½ kt.

For now we have stopped and the chief takes the opportunity to shut the main engine down so he can check oil filter screens, change oil in the turbo and generally give the old girl a rest for a while. We will be back in search mode as soon as the snow stops, that can be while down here.

The rest of the crew are using this down time to check all the fire fighting gear, sharpen up their response times and generally be as ready as we can for an emergency – if we’re unfortunate enough to have one.

After that its time for the crew to chill out and please themselves what they do… reading, chess, cards, videos and play station challenges are a good way to pass the time until the fishing action starts again.

Rgds: John B.

Fire training drill. Theo, Ren, Grover and Shand checking out BA gear and fire suit.

Fire training drill. Theo, Ren, Grover and Shand checking out BA gear and fire suit.

Marli watching a video in her cabin. ( Yes...It is a small cabin and I agree... she doesn't look that comfortable does she...... But, she assures me she's quite happy, thank you).

Marli watching a video in her cabin. ( Yes...It is a small cabin and I agree... she doesn't look that comfortable does she...... But, she assures me she's quite happy, thank you).

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3 Responses to “28th December 2008”

  1. Chris Sheehan Says:

    Hi to all the team and Nick

    Awesome site and well done JB for the regular updates…it’s very cool for all the famly and friends back home to keep in touch and get an idea of what you guys are all up to….well I’m typing this at 10mins past midnight on the 01.01.2009 and guys it’s pissing down in Tauranga so you haven;t missed a thing…

    Happy New year to you all and Nick your mum has a few special messages for you….coz mums are like that….please brush your teeth at least once in 2008….. you have one day left…and mate I think you should go for broke and get a couple of early brushes in for 2009….that way you can forget any others later in the year and still have a 200% improvement on last year….upstairs for thinking Nick and downstairs for dancing…. and Mum also asked that you please change your boxers and bed sheets now as it has been over a month now…. I told her I wouldn’t embarrass you like this Nick as the Captain will probably read this message out infront of everybody…. but i felt the back of here hand across my face and it really hurts so i’m sorry son but as you well know you’re mum is not to be triffled with….so hope the skipper doesn’t read it out but merely places it on the wall…..

    Your sister KT said she misses you heaps but I’m pretty sure she was lying and your sister Sarah still hasn’t noticed you”re gone so not really sure what she thinks about anything…

    Catch me some fish please…can you cook penguins…

    Oh well Mum and I miss you Mate…take care

    Ciao for now

  2. scott hampton Says:

    happy new year guys. Jb, Ren ,Bull,Arron,Nick, Kahu and all hope that you are all well. Great blog Jb. well I am up north enjoying the sun and getting ready to go chaseing tuna on the 12 Jan ,so hope the weather stays fine? hope that the fishiing is good for you all, and that you had a nice Xmas day. NOT LONG TOO GO NOW lol.any way hope that the boys are workinhg out well,if not Harden Up..

    Cheers

  3. caroline Says:

    hi all, great blog. My name is caroline and Im looking for scotty hampton…would it be possible for some to hand him my email addy

    spacific2@gmail.com

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