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Fort Point and Hannah Point

By: Sarah Gerats

Early in the morning we leave for Fort Point. Fort Point is a narrow  isthmus at the Southern end of Greenwhich Island. It is a little foggy  and slightly humid, as so often in the South Shetlands. The landing...

Almost at Desolation Island

By: Cristina Vintila

We left Ushuaia on the morning of Tuesday, January 16th, sailing our way  through the Drake’s Passage, famously the most dangerously rough waters  in the whole world. People say the Drake’s Passage has...

We are here – but where are we?

By: Sarah Gerats

We are here – but where are we? (...) During the day we have sailed away quite a bit from our straight track, we went about 50 miles more to the East. As the wind changes back to the West we can find our old...

Drake Passage

By: Sarah Gerats

In the evening, just after dinner, we all meet in the deckhouse. We are  still close to Isla Nueva, but slowly we will be leaving the protection  of the islands and are entering the open waters. Not just some...

January 2018

Strike a pose

By: Michelle Lee Purkiss

Today we travelled to Desolation Island and Half Moon Island. At  Desolation Island we were greeted by several friendly chinstrap penguins  waving us in to shore. They don’t get many visitors and wanted to...

Just 10 miles to go

By: Sarah Gerats

574 miles since Ushuaia – and about 10 miles to go. Our evening meeting also means the end of our sea watches until we will head back into the Drake. We are now entering a quite unsurveyed area, where depths...

On watch duty

By: Michelle Lee Purkiss

It's been five days since we've been on the ship and seven since we left  Sydney (eight if you take account of the time difference). At the eight  o'clock briefing we found out we've travelled 574 miles since...

Paradise Drake

By: Sarah Gerats

As always, reaching the open ocean, seasickness hits hard for those who  have not been at sea for a while. Buckets are carried out from the  deckhouse, conveniently cleaned in the scuppers as the waves are ...

Nick names and so on (Moemoe)

By: Marjon Weerepas

Last blog from me. Finally, she stops. I think if a reward was connected to writing a blog there would have been more blogs. Today we are going to say goodbye to the Antarctic. We say goodbye to the beautiful white with...