Our painting on a wall in the harbour, and the artist, Anette Petersen
Pico, one of the 9 islands of the Azores
Horta is a beautiful town
Author: Řyvind Knutsen (Geophysical Institute, Univ. Bergen, Norway), Ingvar Huse (IMR, Norway) and Thomas de Lange Wenneck (IMR, Norway)
"G. O. Sars" is alongside in Horta, Azores. Ship and scientific crew are changed. Committee meetings and status colloquium are arranged, and on Sunday an open ship for locals, visiting guests and tourists. The harbour is full of transatlantic sailboats, and sailors come on board to have weather news for their passages. It is a tradition in Horta that all boats in port must have a painting done on the walls or pavements before they leave, or else it meens bad luck at sea. Of course we painted one. On Sunday evening we empathise with the Portuguese for their football loss, and sample their food and drinks.
But some work hard, particularly on the ROV. Parts arrive, and faults are corrected, but new ones appear. Hydraulic overheating is solved, but rotors still kick out, in other words a normal situation for an ROV technician.
The new crews are settling in. Meetings are held, and new equipment is assembled and made ready for operation. Everybody is eager to get to sea on the second leg. We only wait for the ROV----.
There are 270 n. m. to sail to the first station in the Southern box. We will do 5 stations there over the allocated 7-8 days. Landers, bottom profiling, acoustics, ROV and bottom-trawls on each station. The focus is on the demersal habitats and communities.