Archive for September, 2010


King Edward Point Station

September 30, 2010   

The station that I will be living at for 14 months is called King Edward Point and is at 54 17S 36 30W. It is an applied fisheries research station on South Georgia that was opened in 2001. The beakers studies provide sound scientific advice to assist in the sustainable management of the valuable commercial fisheries around South Georgia. The research is carried out under contract to the government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

The beakers at KEP are undertaking biological and ecological research to ensure the conservation of fish stocks. All fishing in the area is regulated by internationally adopted measures agreed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. This agreement is not only designed to ensure fishing is controlled but that the entire ecosystem is conserved.

The station is staffed by up to 18 people in the summer and eight in the winter. It comprises two single storey buildings. The laboratory building includes wet and dry labs with a large temperature controlled room which houses re-circulating sea water tanks for live specimens. There are sleeping quarters, computer room and a library. The three inshore boats are used for sampling local coastal waters and to assist with logistical support.

Powerboat Instructing

September 26, 2010   

No pictures – sorry!

I just finished my course at Powerboat Training UK in powerboat instructing. It was good fun to learn how to teach. It really is a skill to be able to strip down maneouvers that comes naturally to people who spend their whole life on the water and be able to teach it in steps to complete beginners. Thanks to Paul for a great course.

Another license and moving on!

September 23, 2010   

3 tonne JCB Telehandling license in my hot sweaty palm and now down to Poole to do my Powerboat Instructors License.


September 20, 2010   

Congratulations to RYM customer Bruce Stone on Arbitrage J105 for winning his class in Rolex BBS in SF. Also to the other customers who finished in the top ten – Donkey Jack and Jam Session also in the J105 fleet.

Sunday Muffins


Every morning at 6am on a rota someone gets up on station and does the rounds checking each room. First thing to do is make the bread and put it in the warm electrical cupboard to rise while walking around station. On Sunday I made muffins for the first time to make a little bit of a change from the normal bread. As you can see they are cooked directly on the cook top.

South Georgia

September 18, 2010   

I have been telling people I am going back to Antarctica as it is easier than saying South Georgia and explaining to all the americans that it is in fact an island in the southern ocean Not one of the United States!

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) is a British overseas territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is a remote and inhospitable collection of islands, consisting of South Georgia and a chain of smaller islands, the South Sandwich Islands. South Georgia is 167.4 kilometres (104 mi) long and 1.4 to 37 km (0.87 to 23 miles) wide[1] and is by far the largest island in the territory. The South Sandwich Islands lie about 520 kilometres (320 mi) to the south-east of South Georgia.[1] The total land area of the territory is 3,903 square kilometres (1,507 sq mi).[2]

There is no native population on any of the islands, and the only present inhabitants are the British Government Officer, Deputy Postmaster, scientists, and support staff from the British Antarctic Survey who maintain scientific bases at Bird Island and at the capital, King Edward Point, as well as museum staff at nearby Grytviken.

So here we are a map of South Georgia and for more information go to wikipedia

AMOS training and weekend off


Thursday and Friday I spent in Cambridge dealing with odds and ends including filling my pbox (personal box) with food, clothing, mountaineering stuff and hardwood etc. Chest xray and delivery of calendars to BAS staff. Friday was spent learning how to use AMOS which is the BAS inventory/maintenance database used on all the stations and ships. Now back in London getting yet more chores done that weren’t finished in the US before I left. Next week I am up at Cambridge again learning to drive a teleram.

Have a great weekend.

Field Course

September 16, 2010   

Field course is complete. It was on the windy and rainy side but everyone survived lessons in abseiling, primus stoves, tilley lamps, pyramid tents, jumaring, white out search and rescue etc. All good fun.

Now we are back in Cambridge with a ‘stimulating’ course in databases tomorrow and after the weekend off will be back once again to do a JCB Teleram course. All fun and games with BAS.

Photos by Sam Crimmin (South Georgia Dr to be)

Leaving the US Party

September 12, 2010   

In a bid to get my customers/friends out on their boats for more than racing I had my leaving party on Angel Island and it was miraculously a beautiful sunny day.

It was sad to be leaving San Francisco after such a short time at home. I won’t be back till 2012. I did enjoy seeing everyone and the food that people brought was very good indeed – thank you. I also received some very interesting looking books and DVD’s to read and watch in the winter down south.

I wish I had taken more pictures of the festivities. Thank you so much to David and Scott for being the chefs and doing such a great job at the BBQ with the salmon, pork, burgers and sausages. Their great help allowed me to spend more time with everyone. Also thank you to Bill and Alice Helvestine for ferrying people in HeyAlice across Racoon Straights saving us the ferry tickets 🙂

See you guys all in 18 months….

Nightlife at the Academy of Science

September 10, 2010   

The living roof.

In my attempt to get the most of being in San Francisco I went out almost every night for a month with friends. A bit unusual for me I know! Anyways during my last week I went with Scott to the Academy of Science on Thursday night. It is a vibrant singles scene with music and bars dotted around the place. The rainforest is an amazing set up and we were able to see the extreme mammals exhibit just before it was closed. Check out Scott’s pictures – the butterfly on the flower is taken in the rainforest.