site.btaDay 46: RSV 421 Closes In on Le Maire Strait
The Bulgarian naval research/survey vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421) will enter Le Maire Strait, which separates the Argentine portion of Tierra del Fuego from Isla de los Estados (Staten Island), in the evening on February 10. The ship is expected to sail through strong northeasterly wind which could lead to a heavy list (athwartship inclination), said Flotilla Admiral Prof. Boyan Mednikarov, Rector of the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy in Varna, who boarded the ship in Mar del Plata.
RSV 421 is sailing according to schedule at a speed of around 8-9 knots.
On February 11, the vessel will reach the latitude of Cape Horn - the southernmost point of the continental plate of South America. She will then lay on course to King George Island, which is part of the South Shetland archipelago that also includes Livingston Island. Thus, RSV 421 will begin her actual crossing of the Drake Passage as Cape Horn will no longer protect her from the western currents coming from the Pacific Ocean, Mednikarov added.
The swell is expected to be more favourable after the entry in the Drake Passage and to come from the stern.
BTA's Daily News editor Konstantin Karagyozov is the only member of the media who is travelling on board the ship to Livingston Island and back, and will cover the Bulgarian expedition on site throughout the stay in Antarctica.
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