Sea State: 4 foot swells
Depth: 33 meters (108 feet)
Sea Surface Temperature: 40 F
Waiting out the Weather
It is 3:30 PM (known as 1530 on a ship) and we are on weather hold. In fact, we have been on weather hold since midnight (known as 0000 on a ship) last night. The swells are simply too big for it to be safe to lower equipment off the stern. The wind is relatively light - only 13 knots. However, a far away storm whipped up big waves that have traveled across the ocean to toss us around.
Everyone is keeping themselves busy and entertained in different ways:
Food on board
I had many questions before boarding the Norseman II - would I get seasick? How cold would it be? And, most importantly, what would the food be like? The answer? Delicious! Kit is the cook on board, and he does a masterful job of preparing three hot, tasty meals a day in a very small galley. More impressively, he has cooked up an endless variety of dishes, from chili and pizza to macaroni and cheese and fried rice, with a vegetarian option for every meal. He even makes a dessert every night!
The Norseman II is a relatively small boat to fit a mountain of scientific equipment, as well one month’s worth of food for 24 people. Food is packed in almost every available space. I went on a little scavenger hunt to find all the places where food is stored.