Again, in this second year of our „Ocean Change” – Expedition, we are a well-functioning team on board the “Dagmar Aaen”. It is the combination of a group of regulars and new young crew members. Chiara from Hamburg, 18 years old has joined the crew for a few weeks. As a young sailor herself, she quickly feels at home on board. Going on watch, mess duty and other jobs on board – she tends to all of these tasks enthusiastically. Of course, she has written an entry for the logbook as well and here is her personal report:
We have left Tasiilaq. There is a further crew change due in Kulusuk. We had just left Tasiilaq when we realized that the electronic sea map did not correspond with the actual conditions and so we had to determine our location with the use of radar and compass bearings. Knowledge of navigation with triangulation was now in demand in order to safely sail around any shallows and determine the route to Kulusuk and the Knut Rasmussen Glacier.
We found a calm spot to anchor in the Bay of Kulusuk and Thomas, Matze and Jan began a tour in the dingy around the ship to determine the depths around the nearby islands. Then they made a visit to the town where they met only a few people. They were told that only 200 people live in the community and that most of the young people had moved away.
After a night at anchor and after breakfast we were able to greet Brigitte, Tim, Louisa and Karel. They arrived with the aircraft which would later take Jere and Jan back to Reykjavik. The announcement that the plane would leave 1,5 hours earlier did not reach us on time on board and so they both were forced to prolong their stay in Kulusuk.
After bringing the two on land we departed under cloudy skies and light rain for the Knut Rasmussen Glacier. After a stop-off at a safe anchorage for the night, it took not only an hour the next morning before we sighted the Knut Rasmussen Glacier and the Karale Glacier which is situated in a small river. The ice masses were impressive and the roar loud when a chunk of ice crashed down into the water.
The Dagmar Aaen remained in the bay and Lauren first took Brigitte, Tim, Luisa and Karel on land with the dingy. Karel and Louisa began their preparations for a survey of the glacier using the drone. When Pablo arrived later, he and Tim filmed the Rasmussen Glacier and the bay with the drone which allowed another view. Before we anchored behind two small islands, which protected us from ice, Tim tried out the underwater drone.
The skies cleared up in the afternoon so Lauren and I took a short refreshing swim in the water which measured about 3 degrees. We had delicious fresh halibut for dinner that evening, which had been purchased from a fisherman in the bay, who had just hauled up his lines.
The next day we went a bay further to get a close look at the Karale Glacier. There we collected waste on a beach and filmed again with the drone. We were disappointed at finding many pieces of plastic and other waste on the beach. When all the crew members were again on board, we headed for the old US station Bluie East Two, an abandoned American air base from the Second World War.