Heading back to the hotel to join up with the rest of the group before going over to the ship I saw what must have been the start of yet another boat race, except this time the boats were powered by dacron sails and wind rather than by twenty very robust paddlers. That interesting cone-shaped shaped building in the background is the New Zealand parliament house, affectionately called "the Beehive".
Since the Deep Rover will be diving in Kaikoura attached to the ship by a tether, this provides the opportunity to send video images captured by the Deep Rover's cameras along the tether to the ship, where they can be recorded and viewed by the scientists on board. However, since the video signals cannot travel up the rope tether, two additional fiber optic cables need to be taped to the tether to carry the video. As the sun went down, we carefully offloaded the reels of fiber optic cable from the Kaharoa onto the dock where we had stretched out the entire tether. The task before us seemed overwhelming. Attaching the fiber to nearly one half mile of rope with wraps of duct tape every three meters was not something that we were going to be able to complete tonight.