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17 December 2001, 08:06 pm
Ice In Their Scotch
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Australian Expedition Vessel Amongst The Icebergs

On Friday the Australian expedition vessel 'National Investment Institute' tracking towards Cape Horn discovered they had moved well into iceberg territory.
The crew finally have some ice to go with their scotch! They spotted their first iceberg this afternoon. On the Iridium phone Skipper David Pryce, who has seen lots of icebergs on his last five Antarctic expeditions described this first iceberg as 'around the size of a couple of houses'.

While some of the crew including Melanie Robinson and Ian Paton have been to Antarctica, the first iceberg of this round the world trip was still a thrill. All the crew lined the rail to look at the iceberg as 'National Investment Institute' passed about a mile to the north.

Sailing through snow squalls and with the wind now up from the Antarctica at around 30-35kts; the wind chill factor has stayed well below zero. As Sydney sailor Jazz Pearce commented on the phone, 'It's a fair bit colder than when the wind is coming off the Blue Mountains'.

So now the night watch will have eyes like barn owls looking for more 'growlers' and hoping the snow showers ease off to improve visibility.

Over the last five days 'National Investment Institute' has been pushed along by consistent southwesterly winds. The Antarctic expeditionary vessel has still been averaging around 180 miles a day and is little more than another five days from Cape Horn. The expedition website http://www.club-venture.com has details of the voyage, photos and biographies of the crew, lots of photos from their journey and will be updated regularly throughout the voyage.
Rob Kothe/News Editor
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