Ocean research cruise blog of Jonathan Sharples
A bit of weather more typical of November today and last night. We finished over-the-side work at about 7 pm yesterday, with winds of about 40 knots about to make use of the iron-free CTD unfeasible. The wind has dropped a little this morning, 30 knots of so, but the sea and wind are giving us a fairly good list to port as we steam between stations.
We had to cancel the work planned for the first site this morning, as a fishing boat close by suddenly decided that the spot we had been sat on all night was exactly where he needed to drag his nets. Once we’d cleared away from where the fishing was, the winch that lowers the iron-free CTD suddenly threw us an error. The ship’s engineers are working on it now, and I decided that we’d lost enough time waiting around that site and should just head up to the next one. Timing is a bit tight today. Ideally we need to get up to our most northerly site by about 6 pm so that we can do some seabed sampling up to about midnight. That should give us time to head back for one last set of measurements back at the mooring site before we start to make our way into the English Channel.