02 January 2018
Base E Conservation Team
Well, after two weeks of hard work by Torbjørn and Michael preparing all of our stores in Stanley ready for our field season at Stonington, the rest of the team arrived on 23rd Dec (via a brief, hot and sunny stop in Santiago) in time to help with the final work tasks and to celebrate Christmas and New Year together.
On our few days off we squeezed in a trip to Volunteer Point to see the Penguins, Boxing Day horse racing, sheep shearing competition, raft racing and numerous scenic walks. On New Year's Day we were welcomed onto HMS Protector and after being shown to our cabins (Jo is particularly impressed with her large private cabin next to the captain) we all settled in for the evening.
After weeks and months of planning, we finally set sail for our journey South at 4.30pm on 2nd Jan.