site.btaDay 71: Bulgarian Vessel RSV 421 Crosses Drake Passage
In the late afternoon of March 7, the The Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421) crossed the Drake Passage, keeping a course of 335 degrees north-northwesterly.
Thus, RSV 421 entered the Le Mar Strait, which separates the southernmost mainland of South America from the Estados Islands. Shortly thereafter, the ship would make a turn, "lying down" on a 315-degree course toward the approach to the Strait of Magellan from the Atlantic, said Petty Officer II rank Nikolay Slavov.
Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii is sailing at a speed of about 6.5 knots in harsh weather conditions - a strong headwind of over 20 meters per second and a swell of 5 bars.
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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