Most folk had a long lie for the first time since the watches began, in my case 7am. Iceland was nowhere to be seen as there was a heavy mist but the sea was flat calm.Around 9am, the pilot boarded the vessel and guided us in to port. I had heard that the skyline of Reykjavik as you enter the harbour is spectacular but not today unfortunately.
The big clean up has begun. All the labs must be emptied and equipment packed and stored for the return trip to Southampton. All log sheets have to be entered on computer and the sun has just come out. The students have all gone ashore leaving the rest of us to envy them.
There is not much more to be said other than the views of Colin Griffiths, the Principal Scientist. It has been a very successful Extended Ellett Line trip with all work accomplished, additional stations sampled, no downtime and no equipment failure. The weather helped enormously. Of the students he was very complimentary, saying they were very supportive and professional.
Colin (R) having a briefing session.
The final word should come from our Captain, Antonio Gatti, who has been with NERC for 20 years. For fourteen of these he was based at British Antarctic Survey and the last 6 at NOC. During this time he has sailed into many exotic ports such as montego Bay, Cape Town, Valparaiso, Montevideo, Antigua and many more.
This is his second last trip on this old Discovery but he is looking forward to joining the new Discovery in January for her sea trials.
What were his impressions of this cruise? Well apart from being blessed by the weather, it was a fairly uneventful trip with no need to run for shelter. He looked forward with trepidation to the prospect of having so many students with little or no seagoing experience but was pleased to find that they settled in well to the ship's routine, worked hard and gave no cause for concern.
A last picture now of the pilot whales that were with us a few days ago courtesy of Lewis.
Well here endeth the Extended Ellett Line, Discovery 2012 blog and here starteth a few days R&R in Iceland.