S/V Fiona departed St. Johns, Newfoundland yesterday morning. After breaking a steering chain the vessel returned to port for quick repairs. She departed once again and was well underway yesterday evening.
The captain estimates a ten day trip to Nuuk, Greenland where the fourth and final member of the crew, Russ Roberts, will join the vessel.
Meanwhile, the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, reports that the rate of sea ice melt in the Arctic is increasing and is ahead of the historic average. The rate is, however, slightly below that of 2007.