The week at Casey has been dominated by two things, blizzards and darts. But first…
Doc Elise celebrated her birthday on Saturday, with possibly the most impressive cake of the season prepared by Chef Andrew. Station nearly starved to death waiting for Elise to cut the cake, with utmost, and actual, surgical precision.
Station was slammed on Sunday night with the strongest blizzard of the season so far. Sustained winds above the high 90 knots and low 100 knots prevailed from midnight until the 5 am, with our maximum gust speed not dropping below 100 knots between midnight and 7:30am. The maximum wind speed recorded was 115 knots. We stayed on travel condition black, with no outside travel permitted all night, leaving Zac, Watto and Rick to closely monitor the building control systems from the Red Shed, as alarms were tripped in buildings throughout the night.
By midday winds dropped enough for us to survey station and take stock of the damage. Our ANARESAT dome sustained panel damage, and doors and machinery panels here and there were blown off. We have taken advantage of the milder weather this week to finish off repairs, ready for the next blow.
A force of nature of a different kind blew into town on Monday evening in the form of the Casey darts team. Much like our ANARESAT the Davis squad was decimated by the dominating power of Team Casey with Scottish and Mark taking the first game 418–0. Jimbo got his swagger on and together with Sealy wearing a game face like no other, game two also went to Casey with a score of 258 to 192. Game three, well you guessed it, went to Casey with the unstoppable boy band teaming of Stu and Linc winning 363 to 139.
Having given our C, D and E teams a run we are looking forward to seeing what our A and B team can do against Macquarie Island this weekend.
Jacque Comery SL