Hi my name is Tom Wilson, I am a postgraduate geophysics student at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). Early this year I received an email recruiting a kiwi postgraduate geophysics student to help out with the HOBITSS project. I instantly replied expressing my interest, and to my delight I was accepted. I was stoked, its not everyday you get news you get to be involved with a collabrative multi-national research project!

Tom hard at work

Sailing day, the 20th June, came around quickly and it was time to set sail. I was all stocked up with seasickness medicine and a sunny optimism that I wasn’t going to need it. A few hours before setting sail I took them as a precaution anyway. I’m glad that I did. It was on the very first night that I had my first proper encounter with sea sickness. Needless to say it wasn’t fun. I found that motion sickness quietly creeps up and takes hold. All you can really do when it hits is wait it out and try and keep your fluid intake up. I also found that keeping busy helps a lot! It is now day 4 and I am feeling adjusted to life on the sea. I am glad to say that you do adjust to the constant rocking and rolling of the boat!

Splashing off the stern

Photo taken on 22 June. View off the back of the ship from inside the hanger. Significant wave height of 5.0m at the time this photo was taken

As the night went on the waves got higher…

Significant Wave Height

Significant Wave Height reached 5.1 m on 22 June

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