From the Island…

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Stephen Horn’s (Antipodes Mouse Eradication Project Manager, DOC) update from the Antipodes…

27/5/2016.  8:44pm

We made it onto the island today! after a pretty reasonable passage to the island. A few team members were a little under the weather (most notably the cook) but all have come right with feet planted on solid ground. We had the frustration yesterday of fairly calm conditions upon arrival but a large residual swell pushing in from the east and some swell also building from the west meant breakers were crashing against the coastline, across the rock platform landing and also into Hut Cove as we sat off in Anchorage Bay. It felt very much like deja vu from last time when we had to wait seven days before the swells abated and we could land. We were blessed with a very good day today. The mist hanging over the island cleared to sunshine later in the afternoon but most importantly the swell allowed us to land the whole Evohe team and all of the gear we were carrying, in Hut Cove. The afternoon was spent setting up the cable line and hauling the gear up the cliff from the beach and scoping the load site and secure places to land and tie down the helicopters until we manage to get the hangar constructed. The Norfolk Guardian arrived into the passage between Antipodes and Bollons Island about 2pm. It was a slightly surreal sight to see the two vessels in the same place with cloud and contrasting light behind them. We had hoped to offload a helicopter this afternoon but there was still too much swell around. We will try again in the morning. Conditions are supposed to be easing off even more for the first half of tomorrow before we get into windy conditions for the next four or five days. Overall a good start. Great to see the parakeets around the hut and get underway. It is a great group of people that we have, lots of enthusiasm and energy. Looking forward to the next few months. Step by step… Stephen.