Last night we were welcomed to the furious fifties (south of latitude 50°S) with some pretty rough weather. The Aurora continues onwards — at only nine knots today, due to the rough seas— creating impressive white plumes of spray over the bow as she takes the tops off passing waves. The days are getting longer; it’s getting dark at about 10:30 pm now. The dropping temperatures add to the feeling that we are heading in the right direction. The wind and waves have not deterred the albatross, however, who seem to accompany us constantly.