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March 17, 2014

Leaving the horn to the South, we took advantage of a fair tide to speed us between Tierra del Fuego and Isla de los Estados and continued north, immediate destination still unconfirmed.

Light winds and moderate seas enabled all the crew to find their sea legs, so everybody was able to participate in the ship’s daily routine which this morning included happy hour. Even hardened mariners who have rounded the horn both ways need clean showers. The light winds meant we motor sailed for most of the day, but still made good progress. We were accompanied by five or six hourglass dolphins, so called for their distinctive black and white hourglass shaped pattern, for a period in the early afternoon. They easily outpaced the ship, but kept dropping back as if to give us a head start before racing off again.

Further afternoon entertainment was provided by Captain Barbara who demonstrated her head for heights by climbing up to the foremast royal. Just as everybody was sitting down for dinner confirmation came through that we were to visit the Falklands which caused great excitement, but was particularly good news for one member of the voyage crew, whose great grandfather was a sea captain in the 19th Century and is buried in Port Stanley. The wind picked up towards the end of the day and the main course and royals were handed after dinner in preparation for a good night’s sail.


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