15 February 2011
On our last day of work, we conducted a lot of coring near our shallowest tripod location. It was a nice morning to start but the wind had picked up, and the seas were developing. After completing several stations, we headed back to the Port of Gisborne where a small boat was lauched to pick up Dr. Andrea Ogston who was finalizing some details of our stay. Once she and Dan were safely back onboard safely, we starting coring and CTDing near the Waipaoa River mouth and moved our way offshore. The wind was blowing about 30 knots, so by the time we made our way into deeper waters, the swells and seas were much bigger, and working was challenging. We finished our last station at ~6 PM, and started our steam towards Wellington. But, it was hardly smooth sailing. At our cruising speed (~10 knots), the boat pitched pretty wildly about making it difficult to accomplish pretty much anything. Carol, unphased by the weather, whipped up a fabulous meal... meat pie, mash potatoes, gravy, peas and cauliflower. We ate happily and then watched Diehard 4 and then Bruno. Both were very entertaining, and the relaxation was much appreciated.