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Today at 14:45 we docked at Yacht Port Marina in Saldanha Bay. This brings to conclusion the 24 day crossing, over a distance of 3554nm, from the Falklands to South Africa. The maximum wind speed was 61.7kts, the maximum sustained wind speed was 50kts. We experienced a total of 8 days with sustained [...]
Today at 14:00 we weighed anchor in 35 knots of wind and headed out of Stanley Harbour to start the approximately 3,400nm (great circle route) Voyage to South Africa. We will initially head north of west to give the South Georgia Islands to give the ice reported by other vessels a wide berth. Our initial track will be along the 50S parallel until south of Gough Island before bearing more northerly towards Cape Town.
Today at 11:00 local time I dropped anchor in Stanley Harbour in front of the picturesque town of Stanley after a voyage of 556nm. I departed Punta Arenas, Chile on the 25th October at noon in flat calm conditions and arrived at the first narrows in the Strait of Magellan at flood tide reducing my speed down to 3.3kts. This however meant that I arrived at the second narrows at max ebb allowing me to speed through at 12 knots. By sunrise on the 26th I exited the mouth of the straits, with its approximately 50 oil platforms, into the Atlantic. Finally, by noon the wind arrived as forecast and from then it was a rolling downwind ride all the way to the Falklands.
This morning at 09:30 I dropped anchor just south of the town dock in Punta Arenas. I had departed from my previous night’s anchorage in Bahia Manza at 04:00 this morning where I was forced to anchor since the Armada had closed the Port of Punta Arenas due to high winds. As I am discovering the port [...]
At 10:00 I had rounded Cape Froward, the southernmost point of the continental Americas. The land to the south of the cape is a set of islands that make up Tierra del Fuego. This was a cause for some celebration as on the 5th September 2011 I had rounded the northernmost extent of the continent at Point [...]
This after noon at 16:00 I passed abeam the Isla Fairway Lighthouse marking the entrance to the Straits of Magellan. For the past eight days my heading had been generally south with light to fresh winds from the south. I had sailed through many different channels and anchored in a suitable anchorage [...]
Pics from the Antarctica part of our trip. We left from Ushuaia, to Puerto Williams then across the Drake Passage to Deception Island and down the western side of the Peninsula until blocked by ice and then made our way slowly back north again to the Melchior islands and finally back across the Drake to Cape Horn and back to Puerto Williams. We visited with the family at the lighthouse at Cape Horn, and also spent time at the Chilean Videla base, the Ukrainian Vernadsky base, the US Palmer station, the British Antarctic Trust Port Lockroy station and also the Argentinian Brown base though that one was not occupied this season.
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Created 15 February 2014