St Helena - Profile
- The island of St Helena lies halfway between Africa and South America, and together with the two other Atlantic islands of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, form an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
- St. Helena has only one harbour called James Bay which now benefits from a new field of robust mooring buoys. The rest of the coast is towering rocky cliffs backed by lush green slopes climbing up to the highest spot on the island, Diana's Peak, at 823 metres.
- St. Helena's popularity as a port of call for passenger liners has now been taken over by sailing yachts, a large number of which stop there every year. A warm welcome awaits the visiting sailor ashore in Jamestown, the island's main settlement.
- The opening of the new airport with daily flights from South Africa, means not only will this once isolated outpost become considerably busier, but St. Helena will be a viable mid-Atlantic port for dropping off guests, changing crew or having spare parts flown in.
- Currently however large jets cannot land safely at St. Helena due to wind shear, and research is continuing about how to deal with this problem. The RMS St. Helena is continuing services at least until July 2017.
Getting work done: In the past the Island had no real ability to deal with yacht repair. However, there is a plan for a short-term haulout facility on either the Jamestown Wharf or Rupert’s Pier once the commercial and industrial center moves away from Jamestown.
Provisioning: Provisions are limited and expensive. However, the opening of the new airport should mean improved provisioning options in time.
The climate is tropical, but cooled by the SE trades, and the cold Benguela current from the Southern Ocean. The weather is warm and occasionally humid, but it varies within the island and it is sometimes foggy or misty.
St Helena's Balloon Men
St Helena’s Met Office surface and upper air observing techniques.
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