So, having recovered from the flu, I flew out to join Minerva in Punta Arenas, Chile on the 6th of February, unfortunately fate had other plans and the ships itinerary was changed. Luckily my flights were Edinburgh – Paris – Santiago – Punta Arenas, so on arrival in Santiago I got to spend the night in the lovely Holiday Inn at the airport, and flew out the next day to the Falkland Islands. Flying is considerably faster than sailing, so I got to the Falkland Islands a day and half before the ship and spent 2 nights in a hotel in Stanley.
I eventually joined the ship 2 days later than originally planned on the 8th of February and was assigned to the 12 – 4 watch. This contract I am now a second officer so am spending my time keeping the thousands of Admiralty charts up to date.
As I write this we are alongside in Ushuaia, Argentina for the last time this season. We sail tomorrow evening for 3 days in Antarctica then on to the Falkland Islands before heading north to Buenos Aires and onwards to Brazil.
After spending a few weeks sailing off the coast of Brazil and crossing the Atlantic to Africa, we will eventually be back in the Mediterranean and Red Sea until mid June when she heads to the UK.