Today, Monday 11 February was special for Team Xplore- we crossed the line into the Antarctic Circle eleven days after leaving Ushuaia and broke new ground in mooring in an un-surveyed and potentially treacherous cove on Detaille Island. Mooring here requires great care and skill; a mistake would leave the boat damaged many hundreds of miles from support. This is the base of one of the old British research stations now being restored. The photo shows the station proudly flying the Union Jack. We met the restoration team who leave tomorrow after a season of work; they kindly showed us round. Inside the hut you see how they lived and what they did. A fascinating historic record of an important part of all our pasts. If you want to support the work please visit http://www.ukaht.org which is site of the Antarctic Heritage Trust.
Tomorrow we head north to Watkins Islands to find a safe haven in which to shelter from a strong gale which is forecast.