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Current Weather in TIERRA DEL FUEGO

People:People in Chile are really genuinely friendly and helpful. They alone make a trip to Chile worthwhile.

Santiago: Just a few words to answer some common questions we get about the capital city. It is about 15 miles from the airport, about a 20 to 30 minute drive. It has a number of districts but in most cases they are all part of the city. Providencia and Las Condes and Vitacura districts are very fashionable with good hotels, shops, restaurants, bars. They are only minutes by cab from the "downtown" area. Most major businesses are located in these districts.

Safety: Chile is actually a pretty safe place for the tourist. But in Santiago, like any big city in the world, reasonable prudence is always a good idea. Don't wear a solid gold Rolex, a Timex will do, don't carry a large amount of cash, don't leave cameras and valuables exposed in an unoccupied car...just be smart.



Patagonian Environment



 

 




On this virtual tour you may see:
Majestic mountains dipped in snow...
Crystalline waterways... Whales, seals, Soaring Andes condors...
Ice-blue Glaciers that shimmer like jewels.

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ANTARCTICA ADVENTURE:

Expeditions and cruises aboard our specially built yachts give a much better viewpoint as they can get in much closer and can visit many more places than large cruise ships. They are very suitable for sailing expeditions in extreme environments. These are not "luxury" yachts and do not have a lot of varnish work, veneer bulkheads, high tech electronics and luxurious equipment. Our philosophy is simplicity. If we can keep the boat without frills, we have more time to enjoy the voyage. Our yachts are fully equipped for comfort and are dry and warm below. They have good bunks with an ample head, hot water shower and a good selection of music and libraries. Our well qualified Captains have made numerous voyages to Antarctica, Cape Horn and South Georgia.

These boats sail from October until March. You may see photos and specs on some of these specially built boats below. We aren't reckless adventurers. Many sailboats have gone to Antarctica in the last 30 years. Judging from the rising number of tourists in recent years, there is an increasing interest in this remote white continent. The numbers are not just a reflection of popular interest, but also indicate the increased number of possibilities to actually visit the continent. Thus, the end of the cold war coincidentally left several vessels for "scientific research" decommissioned, rendering them available for use in the tourism industry. Tierra Del Fuego has been enjoying larger number of visitors for some time now. For a journey to the eternal ice may still have an unreal and dangerous ring to it. Fact is however that on average 35 yachts visit the area every year, and that some of these decide to spend the winter there as well for the fun of it; all in all clear indications that it isn't all that dangerous as it might sound. Ever since the first yacht of our generation sailed these waters in 1966, disregarding a few bent mast and bumpy landings, no serious accidents have occurred during these summer trips. Also we must admit that the type of charter we are presenting is not new: for the last few years several Frenchmen, Germans, Dutch and American yachts have been operating similar charter trips from Ushuaia and Puerto Williams. Time and again they sail with their fully booked yachts with their compatriots around Cape Horn and to Antarctica. So much for the better: it is the best indication for us that with the proper organization (marketing and a perfect ship, etc.) these charter trips work. We can confidently ask: what are we waiting for?

THE SAILING COMPANIONS

In 1787 Captain William Bligh with the "Bounty" tried for 29 days in vain to round the cape. Eventually he had no choice but to take the much longer route via Cape of Good Hope to eventually reach Polynesia. Those who want to visit Antarctica or Cape Horn will have to muster a certain amount of courage and determination, since the only way one can travel in these areas is by boat. In this there is a choice of two: by cruise ship or on a yacht. On cruise ships, a passenger is largely insulated from the rather changeable climate of this area.

At fixed times he will be read his lectures, will briefly stand bunched with 149 other passengers amidst the penguins and try to take award winning pictures of unspoiled nature, and will otherwise enjoy the luxury of the ship. On a sailing yacht this is all quite different. It is an individual trip with a maximum of 8 guests, who's personal interests will determine the course of the trip. Thus, together with a traveling companion, a hike can be made to the beaver dams on Isla Navarino, or with a qualified guide one can climb glaciers on Antarctica.

As far as the sailing is concerned: every passenger is part of the crew, and together we will round Cape Horn or sail to Antarctica: everyone takes part in the effort. It was in 1616 that the Dutch seafarers Jaques Le Maire and Willem Schouten on board the "Eendracht" and "Hoorn" had left their home port of Hoorn to explore for King and Country new passages and unknown lands. At Puerto Deseado one ship was lost to fire, while the crew was scraping the old tar from its hull, so they had to continue their voyage on one ship. They endeavored to sail South of the place by that time already known strait of Magellan, and thus discovered the narrow passage to the west, and that mysterious cape which they named after the ship they had lost. Scott leaves for the South Pole on December 24, 1911. The motor sledges soon break down, and the ponies that many experts had advised against using, soon perish in this inhospitable climate. Under unspeakable conditions Scott, Evans, Bowers, Oates, and Wilson claw their way up the Beardmore glacier towards the Antarctic plateau.

What utter disappointment it must have been for the group to see on January 17 the tent of Amundsen already standing at the South Pole. We know they didn't make it back. This region, heavy with the spirit and the heroism of exploration and adventure, to this day has a strong attraction, since the physical conditions of the region remain unchanged. It is exactly for this reason that it is exciting to compare one's own experiences and determination with that of the stories of bygone days. You will feel that you have actually taken part in a sailing adventure in these historic waters.


ACTIVITIES:

Without waking the sleepers, three members of the crew prepare to go and view the beavers at first light. Outside it's still dark, but those who want to see the beavers at work have to get up early. While the three early birds pack the freshly baked bread, I fill the thermos with hot coffee. When you spend hours on the lookout for beavers, that is what you need. A sleepy head peaks around the corner, hesitates, but then decides to join the party after all. I am outside, and give some advice as to the best route to take. Down here in Southern Patagonia you won't find any walking tracks, let alone National Trust direction signs. After walking a few hundred yards I turn and watch our boat, peacefully and safe on its anchor.

It is a windless night, absolutely still, and the moon casts a final glow over the Beagle Channel. In my thoughts I see the faces of the ones who stay behind. I can hardly suppress a giggle when I think of last night. They surely deserve their rest. Logbook entry, 03:15. Susan gently taps the barometer and registers it is slowly falling. After having written these data, together with log and bearing in the logbook, she checks the temperature of the sea water. A temperature of 2 degrees C or less indicates the possible presence of icebergs. Susan lights the fire under the kettle, so she can send the watch a bit stiff because of the cold to bed with a cup of hot coffee. She sticks her head out of the hatch to chat a bit with Kevin.

Although the ship can comfortably be left on its own, it is hard to get Kevin to come below deck. He tells without a pause of the sea and the ship. As a giant pen drawing a graciously flowing line, the ship leaves a phosphorescent trail of a million sparks on the black sea. Kevin describes how 45 minutes ago a group of dolphins made the bow of the ship the center of their playground. The main object is of course to experience and enjoy nature, to know how to deal with it and above all to respect it, not just in order to preserve it, but also because at times the elements can still be our masters. We are convinced that our guests will experience this in a more intense way, when they actually take active part in it.

WEATHER

Tactical and weather related decisions are discussed by the entire crew, and all have their say. The final responsibility for ship and crew remains however with the skipper, and thus he will of course have the final word. Whenever we are close to land, we will undertake half or full day excursions. While sailing, the crew will be organized into watches of about 2 hours. Tasks will be divided according to the varying interests. Those who know something about charts, can plot a course one day, but also when the work is getting a bit cold or wet, everyone is expected to pull their weight. When the mainsail needs reefing, the skipper will need to helpers. Of course, lifelines are worn at all times during work on deck. To drop the anchor, it is best to be three.

Leopard seals think a rubber dinghy is a wonderful toy and love to nibble on them, so if you want to keep your dinghy, it will have to be hoisted on deck every time after use. And...no one will have to restrain their culinary urges; ever baked bread at a 20 degree list? Our expeditions are a concept rather than simple sailing cruises. They are designed and built specifically to operate in remote areas on long expeditions. They are suited to operate comfortably and efficiently in one of the most hostile environments. Built of steel or aluminum they are tough and able to cope with ice abrasion and beaching. Not like glass fiber or wood which require special equipment or a controlled environment, they may be repaired anywhere. Many have retractable keels and rudders that allows them to moor in natural harbors that are not navigable by deep drafted vessels. The capacity of these yachts to get behind barrier rocks and moor to the shore in shallow water, makes them safe from drift ice and secure against high winds and sea. .

EXPEDITIONS

We think of our voyages in terms of "expeditions" rather than "charter cruising". "Chartering" give visions of tonic and rum with the sunsets, inactivity and the waiting on at the beck and call of the passengers by a professional crew. Our aim is give our passengers, who are the crew, a sense of participation and self worth in all of the operations of a small vessel in these very remote areas. The yachts generally have a mate/cook, so meals are prepared. But all are encouraged to try their luck in the galley. Washing dishes after meals is taken by turns and above deck everyone is expected to participate by steering, handling the sails and helping to launch and putting the dinghy on board. No previous nautical experience is required, and for those who would like to learn something new we are happy to oblige. 


ANTARCTIC PENINSULA EXPEDITION 2002/2003 This voyage is for a minimum of 28 days. It will be aboard the specially built yachts listed below. We can accommodate up to six to ten guests depending on how many couples there are. We are interested in finding passengers who have the goals of sailing, wildlife projects, ecological projects, filming and geological projects. But, we can take groups with interests in tourism in general. 

PLACE OF DEPARTURE FOR ANTARCTIC VOYAGE

Crew members meet in Puerto Williams, Chile, the world's most southern town or in close-by Ushuaia, Argentina. From there we sail east on the Beagle Channel by Picton and Lennox islands to the Wollastan Archipelago then directly south across the Drake Passage via Cape Horn which usually takes between five and six days. We should have a full two weeks on the Antarctic Peninsula and we may sail as far south as the Antarctic Circle. 

WHALES

Watching Humpback whales is always a main attraction of Antarctic voyages. We navigate on the western side of the Peninsula mainly in sheltered waters among the numerous islands. Our shore activities are done with the tranquillity which is found by having good anchorages. 

GOALS

The goals that may be accomplished in the Antarctic are dependent upon the irregularities of the weather and ice conditions each season. About 50% of the time is spent waiting at anchor for the weather. 

SEASON FOR ANTARCTICA

December to March is the best time for expeditions to Antarctica by yacht because of the ice conditions. By plane the season extends from October through April. 

THE CLIMATE

The Drake Passage is the only interruption between the southern mountain ranges of the Andes, and its natural adversary, the Antarctic Peninsula, where steep mountains rise out of the icy waters like a giant dinosaur. Although at the Cape Horn the average wind speed is not higher than at for instance Plymouth, it is still CLEAR to everyone what made this cape so infamous. The winds and weather systems reaching the areas from the west can do so unhindered. None of the other continents extends farther south than 40 degrees South, while Cape Horn is located at 56_degrees South. thus, unobstructed by landmasses, low can chase each other around the world. When they hurl themselves on the Andes mountain range, and find they can't pass this 2.5 mile high obstacle, they will press south and squeeze through the Drake Passage. Because of this geological situation, a curious weather exists: 3 days of gales are often followed by 45 days of windless weather. 

Likewise it is possible that it is a bit windy with 60 knots at Cape Horn, while at Puerto Toro at 25 miles distance there is no wind at all (or vice versa). Around the Beagle Channel a mild maritime climate prevails. In summer average temperature during the day is 11 degrees C. Yearly precipitation is on average 75 mm. The channel never freezes in winter, and there are no icebergs (except in the immediate vicinity of glaciers). The Antarctic Peninsula is situated south of where the depressions rage through the Drake Passage and remains largely unaffected by their high winds. The winds are therefore gentle, often from the east. During summer one can expect to enjoy long periods of calm with lots of sunshine. The annual average precipitation is around 50 mm, whilst temperatures vary around 5 degrees C. 

NAVIGATION

In the old days of sail, the windjammers had no choice but to round the cape, irrespective of the season or weather conditions. Due to the primitive navigation instruments, lack of precise charts and limited maneuverability of the vessels, it was impossible to safely seek the protection of the land against the high winds. It was therefore necessary to give the dangerous coast a wide berth, which meant the ships often had to spend extended periods of time out at sea.This of course increased again the chance of running into bad weather and encountering problems. All this is different nowadays. Modern satellite navigation and weather forecasts, daily radio contact with other ships and the Chilean Navy have greatly enhanced safety while 

A SAILING TRIP TO THE END OF THE WORLD

Logbook entry of the "Sarah" 20:15. 'Bettina, can you imagine, on our way from the Gamma Islands a Minke whale swam a circled around us at barely 40 yards distance." John and Mary are just returning in the dinghy from their first Antarctic adventure. Thousands of penguin couples, together with their offspring, are all squealing as if their very lives depend on it. The sun is low on the horizon and casts a carpet of colors over this strange and wonderful ice paradise. Outside temperature is 2 degrees C , there's no wind and the silence and loneliness are perfect. We are anchored in a small inlet of Paradise Bay, a thousand miles from civilization, surrounded by a landscape of unending glaciers and icebergs. ' 

ANTARCTICA, IS THAT PERMISSIBLE?

Antarctica is the only continent left that is largely untouched by man. This is mainly due to the extreme climatological conditions, in which during millennia of isolation the animal and plant world were allowed to adapt to the adverse conditions. Essential condition for this precarious survival is however that the biological chain is not broken. Since it is extremely difficult for living beings to survive in such a harsh climate, the biological chain has remained small and each link is closely dependent on the others. Because of this the flora and fauna of Antarctica is in a state of only frail stability. All human activity should for these reasons be regarded critically, as it might disrupt this fragile chain. Fortunately a treaty for the protection of Antarctica was signed in 1991 by almost all countries the world, limiting human interference in this delicate environment.

By way of international conventions 100 locations were designated as protected areas (SPA, SPS, SSSI) in order to protect their biological, scientific or historical values. Because of it, visitors now know how to conduct themselves, thus limiting the negative effects of their interference. On the basis of scientific data, and of the talks we had with station personnel, we have come to the conclusion that the form of tourism we propose does not have any noticeable detrimental effects on the natural life of Antarctica. Provided is of course that everyone sticks to the rules. One of those rules is that what you bring in, you will also bring out again. Furthermore, we will take garbage (such as used engine oil) of defunct stations with us on our way back to the American continent. In this way we can contribute a bit to keep this continent clean.


**Antarctic whales, Antarctic landscapes and lots of information Antarctic scientific investigation, Wintering stations**

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"Penguin colony not disturbed"
by Kerry S.Smith, Washington D.C.:
        On the United States Palmer Station, Anvers Island, an experiment was concluded last summer that aimed to test the negative influence of
        tourists on a penguin colony. For this experiment, a penguin colony was divided in two with a fence.

        " One half was left in peace, as before,  while the other halve was on a regular basis visited by tourists. Upon the conclusion of the experiment, it was found that the "disturbed" penguins were even less timid than their fellow penguins on the other side of the fence. No other behavioral disorders were found."


Typical Activities:

Sailing. Visit the Cape Horn memorial stone and the coast guard station on Isla Hornos. Certificate of the Chilean Navy: "Rounding Cape Horn" Visit to scientific research stations on Antarctica. Tours with dinghies. Trekking and hiking. Mountaineering and ice climbing on glaciers under qualified guidance. Ice diving (Scuba) Observation of rare plants and animals.

    • In view of the inhospitable nature of these areas, all activities will be undertaken with two or more persons.

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Dear Captain Ben

What an adventure! Not only did we 'round the Horn, we doubled it, didn't we!

Although we were bucking through some hefty waves with the wind moaning and the rain blowing sideways, wild horses could not have dragged any of us off the deck.

The Victory did you proud, sailing through flying sea foam like the splendid Cape Horner she is.

 Cape Horn is one of the most dramatic places in the world.

I heartily recommend this voyage to anyone who is compelled to go on apilgrimage to the ends of the earth



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Simple, just contact us with a rough outline of your requirements and let me, Captain Ben, and my Crew to do the rest for you.

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