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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 […]

March 17, 2014
Day 4 At just after 3pm on Saturday 15th March, there we were; Cape Horn! Whilst the weather was fairly benign (no bad thing for the few who were still finding their sea legs), it still felt pretty momentous for all of us, who have read the books and dreamed the dreams about sailing past […]

March 17, 2014
Days 1-3 To the end of the world? As we prepared to leave Ushuaia a military band played on the quayside, unfortunately not for us, but for the Chilean and Argentinian tall ships – Esmeralda and Libertad, which arrived with cadets lining the decks. Several other tall ships were anchored in the bay, giving the […]

March 17, 2014
Happy St Patrick’s day to all at home! Well, here we are, Aft Starboard enjoying a peaceful afternoon watch … including watching Hourglass Dolphins perform for us. Bob (RAB) is on the helm, having taken over from Clive, Tom and W/L Bob are on lookout and Sue and Jenny are below in the bar to […]

March 6, 2014
Day 19 The first day of our return across Drake’s passage and for most of the day the wind has not been favourable as it was blowing from the north. While preparing the ship for the forecast wind change to westerly , some excitement happened. We were handing the mizzen staysail when the bridle attaching […]

March 2, 2014
Day 15 Yesterday we attempted to motor south to Vernadsky station (formerly Faraday station) but had to return to Port Lockroy yesterday after we found the Lemaire Channel blocked with brash ice, growlers and bergy bits. We awoke to beautiful sunshine, seeing Port Lockroy in its full glory for the first time. The wind has […]

March 1, 2014
Day 14 Saturday 1st March (St David’s Day) Doug Allen visited the ship yesterday evening to give a resume of his life and career as a wildlife photographer who has worked for the BBC, Sir David Attenborough and others. He started working in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey. From his first film about Emperor […]

February 27, 2014
Day 12 Well guys, things ain’t quite what they should be. No fault of El Capitano but something called the wind and the weather which does not want us to press on south to Vernadsky base. So we have done some patrolling in open waters which has the great advantage of the ship’s system being […]

February 26, 2014
Day 11 Lord Nelson made her regal way into Port Lochroy yesterday arriving to snow and mist. A few snowballs may have been thrown. We were delighted to welcome on board the hardy souls who run Port Lochroy post office, museum run by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. After lunch they spoke to us about the […]

February 24, 2014
Day 7                           Saturday 22nd February 2014   Forward Starboard here.  Day 7 of our voyage sees us leaving Deceptio n Island heading for either Cuverville or Port Lockroy, the weather i s cold clear and the sea is relatively calm. Whales were spotted afte r our exit through Neptune’s Bellows and so far this watch […]

February 24, 2014
Day 6                           Friday 21st February 2014   What a contrast! Yesterday evening we were still being tossed around in Drake’s Passage although we only had less than seventy miles to go to Boyd Strait into the South Shetlands.   By early this morning we were in the Bransfield Strait. The sea was c onsiderably calmer […]

February 24, 2014
58 07S 061 53W   Sailing in a SW Force 6 wind with a heavy swell and rough sea. Still making our way across Drake’s Passage with the Southern Ocean g iving us a taste of the poorer conditions for which it is renowned. However having endured a day and night of heaving and rolling […]

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