2008, maritime year, by Christophe Agnus, in Nautilus' blog.
"The most beautiful present: to be here ! There’s still another fifteen days to make the most of the luck to be on Vagabond. Our Christmas carols had been the orchestra of the nature: a strong blizzard blowing in gusts. It didn’t stop and still blows at the moment. We had to clear the kennels filled by the snow but the dogs often prefers staying outside rolling themselves into a ball, in that way, the layer of snow insulates them against the cold. We are waiting a better weather to resume the ice measurements on the ice floe. We are beginning to think about our return in our everyday life and we already know that it will be enriched by this unique experience giving us a real impetus. What a lot of things to talk about and to share. But for moment, we have just to enjoy!" Amélie
Nael, Amélie and Hervé are getting ready to celebrate Christmas on board Vagabond, in the middle of the polar night. Meanwhile, Léonie, France and me discovered few lost icebergs in Brittany... Merry Christmas to all of you ! Eric
Article from Guy Clavel, on line on NouvelObs.com.
"A very special Christmas. On Vagabond, I am preparing Christmas’s day with dad and mum. I have asked to the dogs to yap as soon as they will see Father Christmas, like that, I perhaps could see him. I am lucky because his house must be close by. We have decorated inside, and because there isn’t any tree in Spitsbergen, we have made a cardboard one, and France and Eric let us some tinsels. We are going to prepare a good meal and to make a big chocolate cake. There’s a lot of snow here, the boat is still in the ice and I go with dad and mum on pack ice to measure the thickness of the snow and ice. Now I can write all the letters from the alphabet and I can read some words. I also write to my school friends with mum. I am very happy to be here and to do so many things. Happy Christmas to everybody!!!" Nael (5 years old)
Hervé Bourmaud by phone with Eric Lange in Allô la planète, at 11:15 pm.