Nov 19, 2017 - National Geographic Orion
Sunday found us underway across the Scotia Sea after bidding a sad farewell to South Georgia Island. It had been a sun-filled visit, but it seemed that bad weather was on the horizon, so our best bet was to head out of the Drygalski Fjord Saturday evening and sail southeast toward Coronation Island. The Scotia Sea is the area of water between Tierra del Fuego, South Georgia, the South Sandwich Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Normally stormy and cold, the weather for our voyage was tolerable with maximum 4-5 meter seas and 30 knot winds. Dinnertime found us rolling into fog with radar showing a 3km tabular iceberg off in the distance. This could have thrown an unexpected delay into our plans, but around midnight the fog cleared and National Geographic Orion sailed off at the expected speed.