Sad news. On 23rd February, at Ushuaia, Nicole van de Kerchove had heart attack while riding a horse across pampas. We were happy to entrust Vagabond to her for 10 weeks, from October to December 2006, during the first half of polar night. You can read again her logbook on this web site, showing her enthusiasm, her courage, her sense of humour. She was about to publish a book, written during her stay on board. From pack ice, we are sharing the grief with all her nearest and dearest.