Welcome home Gough 63

L-R (back): Zach Mogale (Meteorology Technician), Malesedi Ramotando (Meteorology Technician), Jaimie Cleeland (RSPB field assistant), Thabo Maroga (Electrician), Fabrice Le Bouard (Senior RSPB field assistant), Vukile Madlebetsha (Diesel Mechanic), Kate Lawrence (RSPB field assistant); (front) Tom Mc Sherry (Medic), Santjie Du Toit (Senior Meteorology Technician, Team Leader) and Peter Chuku (Communications Engineer, Deputy Team Leader).

The team that departed last year September has arrived in Cape Town on the 13th of October 2018.

This team had a successful year on Gough Island with no serious issues and injuries. They disembarked the ship with high spirits and some even talking about returning to the island in the near future.

With the initiative of mainly two team members, Kate Lawrence and Jaimie Cleeland, the team compiled a book with all their favourite recipes used to fill their tummies during their time on the island (Click here to read more about this initiative).

We welcome the team back and we wish them well. We do hope to see you back in the near future.

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Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 15 October 2018

The 63rd Gough Island team on their way home

63rd Gough Island Overwintering team ready to leave the island. Photo received from: Michelle Risi

The S.A. Agulhas II has departed from Gough Island, yesterday afternoon.

The 64th Gough Island overwintering team will now do the honours of taking care of the South African weather station and the collection of various field and meteorological data.

We would like to wish the team a successful year on the island. May you prosper and achieve all the goals set for you during this take-over.

The S.A. Agulhas II is currently on her way to Tristan da Cunha, where a 48 hour stop-over will made to back-load cargo and passengers. The expected time of departure (ETD) at Tristan da Cunha is 06 October 2018 and the expected time of arrival (ETA) in Cape Town is 11 October 2018.

The 64th Gough Island Overwintering team excited to take over the responsibilities of managing and maintaining the Gough Base for the next 13 months. Photo credit: Michelle Risi

Author: Anche Louw (Antarctic Legacy of South Africa), 02 October 2018