Another interesting development as we’ve kept on going south and east is the reinstatement of the concept of night. We now have a couple of hours each day when it’s actually dark

Hi, so, we left the Laptev sea a few days ago and are passing through the middle of the East Siberian Sea.  We’ve had to divert a long way south to avoid a large patch of sea ice that we couldn’t get through.  As we’ve gone south the days have started getting much much warmer.  On my morning watch today we had eight degrees.  Thats warmer than anything we’ve had since we were covered in smoke from a forest fire while anchored in that bay.  Another interesting development as we’ve kept on going south and east is the reinstatement of the concept of night.  We now have a couple of hours each day when it’s actually dark.  On the one today some of us saw the Northern Lights, unfortunately, I was in bed at the time.  Because of the time difference, until recently, the sun set at two in the after noon and rose again at eight in the evening. To compensate for this we’ve changed the clocks and our watches so that it’s dark during the night.  Because of this I now have the twelve till four watch instead of the six till ten.  About fifty miles ahead of us is the Russian town of Pevec, it’s where we would have stopped to refuel or repair things that had broken while sailing, if there were any.  As it happens,  because of how much we’ve been sailing we could get to Point Barrow under engine alone.  Not that we plan to of course, but we could.  Though I have said it many many times before, I think we’ve passed the last of the ice.  According to satellite pictures we’ve received and the ice charts we’ve got, the bit of ice we’re currently going round is the last piece before the North west Passage.  So through a combination of blind optimism and some actual evidence we hope to reach Point Barrow some time next week.  I’ll write to you again to tell you when we get there, bye.

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