2000 UTC 3 February 2018
During the last 72 hours we continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog, and rough
seas that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet. No improvement
was predicted in the weather forecast for the next four days. Then, last night an issue
developed in one of the ship’s engines.
This morning the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with our project and
aborted the expedition. We are now on our long voyage back to Punta Arenas.
As you might imagine the team is deeply disappointed, but safe. There is already talk about
rescheduling the DXpedition,
Bob – K4UEE
Ralph – K0IR
Erling – LA6VM