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Antarctica - Patagonia - Cape Horn
Antarctica is the fifth largest continent by 13.8 million square kilometers in size. Its name comes from Latin and means opposite the north. Not surprisingly, it is the coldest continent with an average summer temperature of -10 to -40 and winter extremes of up to -93 °C, but in the Antarctic Peninsula the conditions are much more favorable. There are almost 70 scientific stations operated by 26 countries. There are huge areas of untouched, wild nature, remnants of human activity and a living presence. You can visit it all. Join us onboard of our unique ice class expedition yacht Global Surveyor for arguably the most amazing sailing adventure on this beautiful planet.
Everywhere in Ushuaia you will find signs and souvenirs with the words "Ushuaia - fin del mundo". And indeed, Ushuaia is the end of the world, the last city on the southern tip of South America. Today, the city is mainly a starting point for adventures to Antarctica and Patagonia. It was originally formed as a penal colony for the most serious criminals and political prisoners in South America. The prison is worth a visit and the despair of the place breathes on you. There is also a naval exhibition with the successes of the discoverers and the failures of many sunken ships. Ushuaia is located in the Argentine part of the island of Tierra del Fuego. Ushuaia will be the starting point for our Antarctic adventure.
For many yachtsmen, Drake Passage is the same what Mount Everest is for climbers. It got its name from Francis Drake, whose ship was blown far to the south in 1578 and was the first to pass through this strait. The Drake Passage is considered one of the most treacherous voyages for ships to make. Currents at its latitude meet no resistance from any landmass, and waves top 40 feet, hence its reputation as "the most powerful convergence of seas". We expect we will pass this 450 NM passage within 3 to 4 days.
Eco Nelson polar station
The Eco Nelson polar station tells the epic story of the enthusiastic polar explorer Jaroslav Pavlíček, from the time of socialist Czechoslovakia. Pavlíček managed to travel to and find support in Chile and build the first private polar station in Antarctica. Mendel University of Brno is now maintaining and manning the base and visitors are welcome.
Deception island is a part of southern Shetland's archipelago. It is one of the safest anchorages in Antarctica. Deception Island is an active volcano, and its caldera is flooded by sea with only very narrow entrance. We will visit the former Norwegian whaling station which was active 1912 – 1930 and now is partly damaged by time and volcano eruptions in 1967 and 1969. We will see remains of machinery used for whale fat production as well as wrecks of historic whaling boats.
Enterprise Island and Governoren wreck
Enterprise island is a small island in Wilhelmina Bay, off the west coast of Graham Land. In 1915, the epic story of industrial whaling, courage and misery took place here. The Governoren ship, converted into a floating whaling and processing factory, has just completed her mission. She was full of thousands of gallons of whale oil. As usual, the sailors celebrated the successful completion of work and the approaching journey home. One of them dropped a burning lamp while dancing and the whole ship caught fire. It was not possible to extinguish a ship saturated with highly flammable oil. The captain kept a cool head and drove the burning boat to the beach of Enterprise Island. He saved the whole crew and himself.
You can still visit the commemoration of this disaster. Today, we can tie to the wreckage and use it as a safe harbor. The interior of the wreck is also accessible at low tide. You can see the engines and the remains of whaling equipment. You can walk to the island and see large area of wild nature of snow, ice, rocks, icebergs, wind and cold …
Sailing in the area
Sea ice is almost always present in this area. Many icebergs are as big as giant buildings, other times they are a strip of smaller pieces of ice. Ice watches, when the boat is moored in a deserted bay, are absolutely necessary. Likewise, the attention and good work of the helmsman are essential. Sometimes it happens that the strait between the islands is completely filled with ice and the route needs to be re-planned. The forces of the nature are very strong in Antarctica, we will listen to them carefully, respect them and work with them in harmony.
Gonzales Videla polar station
The Chilean polar station named after President Gabriel González Videla, who visited Antarctica as the first ever head of the state. This station is not regularly used but is very interesting to visit as it has a small museum. In the immediate vicinity of the station is a colony of rather friendly penguins.
We will see many seals in their natural habitat, where they can be easily approached. This is an amazing experience as they do not consider people to be their enemies and allow them to have a very close look at their daily life.
Brown polar station
The Brown polar station was built by Argentina in 1951. The station is not permanently occupied, it is operated only during the Antarctic summer. The station is built for a comfortable stay of 8 people and, like all stations, it has one building equipped and permanently accessible for people in need. From the hill above the station there is a good view of the stunning surroundings of the station.
It is well known that you can only meet wild penguins in the southern hemisphere. Sailing in Antarctica is an ideal opportunity to meet them "face to face". Penguins are usually not afraid of humans and can be observed from close proximity. At some stations we may experience penguins walking without hesitation through our group of visitors. During the trip we will meet several species of penguins.
Port Lockroy is a bay forming a natural harbor on Goudier Island in the Palmer Archipelago. The place was discovered in 1904 and in 1944 was established polar base Station A. Base was operated till 1962. In 1996 the station was rebuilt and now is maintained by United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust as a museum and post office. You will see this station as living memory of 60-ties place, historic scientific equipment, kitchen, living and working quarters. You might get the feeling that people left the base in 1962 for a short walk and will come back soon. This is the only place that you can buy souvenirs and send a postcard home.
After more than 50 years of banning commercial whaling, their populations are slowly recovering. It is certain that we will see whales on the way to the Antarctic Peninsula. We will most likely see several species of whales and possibly killer whales.
The coloration of the whale's tail is unique, similar to the line on a fingerprint. According to the coloration, the experts recognize the individual animals.
Vernadsky Research Base
This station was originally built by Great Britain in 1947 as Station F - Faraday. UK operated this base until 1996, when it was handed over to the Ukraine. Since its inception as an independent republic, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine has had its own scientific ambitions, so it has set up its own polar station - Vernadsky. This station lies about 80 NM from the Southern Arctic Circle. Ukrainian's in Vernadsky Station also operates perhaps the only official bar in Antarctica - the Faraday bar, well worth visit. 😊
More precisely, Isla de Hornos is not really a cape, but a small island. Jagged rocks and persistent wild swell, frequent rains, low clouds and fog make this place a real "end of the world”. Sea currents and the Atlantic and Pacific weather systems collide here. This makes it an unpredictable and often changing environment for sailing. In settled weather, you can visit the island and see the notorious lighthouse, chapel and nearby Albatross monument.
Puerto Williams is a Chilean naval base and a place to stop for a visit to Cape Horn. The former steamer set at the bottom here forms a yacht marina. The marina clubhouse is decorated with many flags of ocean yachtsmen.
Expedition yacht Global Surveyor 70ft:
- design by Gunter Marine and Graham Lascelles for round the world sailing
- built in 1998 of high tensile steel and refitted 2020
- seven watertight sections and crash bulkheads
- designed to withstand collisions with ice, containers and groundings
- overbuilt cutter rig
- fully insulated with 3 independent diesel heaters
- 2000 liters of water in 2 tanks
- 2000 liters of diesel in 2 tanks
- 5 cabins and 2 heads including shower area
- very large saloon with mahogany wooden trim
- deck house to protect from elements
- extensive safety kit incl 2 x ocean class 12 person life rafts
- satellite communication
- 150 kg main and 63 kg kedge anchor
- You can see Global Surveyor exploring Greenland on video
Included in the price:
- 21 nights sailing adventure on 70ft expedition yacht Global Surveyor
- all onboard meals and snacks
- fuel and gas
- oil skins hire
- skipper and 1st mate/guide services
- yacht cleaning
- bedding and towels
- drone videos and pictures - you will receive copy of professionally edited video from your adventure in HD
Starting your journey:
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All on-board expenses are included in the price
As with all our trips, all on-board expenses are included in the price - no hidden costs or surprises.
Our 2021/2022 sailing dates:
11th December 2021 - Antarctica - Cape Horn [Ushuaia - Cape Horn - Antarctica - Ushuaia] - 21 days - £6490
4th January 2022 - Antarctica - Cape Horn [Ushuaia - Cape Horn - Antarctica - Ushuaia] - 21 days - £6490
28th January 2022 - Antarctica - Cape Horn [Ushuaia - Cape Horn - Antarctica - Ushuaia] - 21 days - £6490