Itinerary Cape Horn/Darwin Glaciers

Kap-Hoorn/Antarktis

 

 

USHUAIA - CAPE HORN - USHUAIA

S/Y "SARAH"

5-Tage-Törn um Kap Hoorn

1. DAY USHUAIA (54°56'S / 68°06'W) 
Beautiful view from the plane across the Beagle Channel and glaciers - we meet at the jetty of Club Nautico - you choose your bunk and get familiar with the boat - sailing across the Beagle Channel - we pass 'Isla dos Lobos': Sea Lions and Cormorants before we arrive in Puerto Williams, Chile (54°56'S / 67°36'W).
The wreck of the 'Micalvi' is our jetty and provides at the same time all harbour facilities: pub and shower - here are a handful of boats tied off already, getting ready for Antarctica, Cape Horn or just coming down from the Chilean Channels - Yamana Indians - Martin Gusinde Museum - last shower at Micalvi 

2./3. DAY ROUNDING CAPE HORN (55°50'S / 67°18'W)
"The classic aspect of Cape Horn is the cliff face to the southern headland. Well below its summit, the old lighthouse I saw burning back in 1977, still stands, but shines no more below the clouds. On exposed rocks, a mile offshore, the sea breaks heavily even on a calm day, as the rollers coming in from the Southern Ocean pile up on shelf water, 75 miles away to the south-west."
"Cape of the ultimate challenge" - many destinies and catastrophes have taken place here - symbol for the end of the world. - visit to the island: Chilean navy control post - passport stamps and post - chapel - monument - wildlife - deep tussock grass.



This will most probably be a tough day, the sea is very rough, we get short waves, we get changing local winds, its cold and wet - we have to fight - last radio contact with navy patrol station at 'Cabo de Hornos', they will contact Puerto Williams and have our names registered: we have rounded Cape Horn - the sea contains plenty of life: Commerson- & Dusky Dolphins, Seals. Wandering Albatross, Condors, Giant Petrels, Skuas will follow us. 
We deserve a quite rest at caleta Martial. 

4. DAY PUERTO TORO (55°05'S / 67°06'W) 
Puerto Toro: most southern settlement of the world - fifty inhabitants - dealing one bottle of whisky or some fruitt for more than enough King Crabs, Centollas, to feed the whole crew.

5.. DAY PUERTO WILLIAMS /USHUAIA 
At the navy control post we can pick up our Cape Horn certificate - we can make a splendid trekking up to the 'Pico de Bandera' from where we get a tremendous view across the Beagle Channel - we exchange our experiences with the other yachts around - yachtlife. 
For the last time we sail the Beagle - back to Ushuaia

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