- At the beginning of the winter, when the sea-ice is just
beginning to form and you can just about walk on it, but would
rather not, the thin-ice race takes place. Everyone on base goes
and puts on a wet suit and the course is set, up the coast a
couple of hundred yards, then across to the opposite side of the
cove and back to the jetty.
go fine for a while, but then the ice breaks and you fall through.
Out you get and you're off again, those in front are then
handicapped by those at the back as they turn for home, just run
up to some-one and jump besides them, you both go through the ice.
memory is of one of the most strenuous things I've ever done,
sweating profusely in freezing sea-water (-2°C) with an air temperature
of -12°C and a strong
breeze, resting in a pool of sea water to cool down before
starting again. Great fun though and definitely one of those
things that you do for the experience -1985.