Sailing in Tierra del Fuego in Winter - Testimonial
Wow, just wow! Brian and I had no idea what a spectacular treat we were in for when we decided to go to the Fuegian channels in the middle of Austral winter. It was easily the most beautiful trip I've ever taken and I did not want to leave.
Sailing with Wolf Kloss and Janet was an extraordinary experience in so many ways. First, as people they are wonderful - easy, fun, and intelligent. As sailors, I would trust them with a journey of any length in any circumstance. Wolf seems to know each and every navigable corner of those channels and took us to gorgeous bays, on wonderful hikes, and through some very tricky spots with outstanding rewards. Wolf's tremendous experience with sailing and mountain climbing was apparent at every moment.
The Santa Maria Australis is an incredible vessel, ample and luxurious even. Not to mention it's pretty to look at and handles so well. It was well heated and what a music collection! Dear lord, they even had hot showers!
I'd highly recommend cruising the channels in winter, dressing warmly and staying outside as much as possible (keep your books at home!) With so few other travelers out we had the channels all to ourselves and the silence and beauty was astounding.
Thank you SANTA MARIA AUSTRALIS for such an unforgettable experience.
Photos of Shel and Brian's voyage
Aboard S/V SANTA MARIA AUSTRALIS
Santa Maria Australis
The "SANTA MARIA AUSTRALIS" a 20 metre aluminium Ketch, built in 1998 and upgraded in 2003/4, was designed for long distance cruising in extreme comfort for up to 8 guests in 3 "en suite" guest cabins.
The forward cabin offers 2 single beds plus 1 Pullman berth or converts to Queen size 'V' double plus Pullman. The port cabin offers a generous double bed plus single bunk berth and the starboard cabin offers generous twin single bunk berths.
All cabins have copious storage facilities and en-suite shower rooms with vacuum wc and full sized basin set in marble topped vanity units.
The crew have separate accommodation with deck access at the stern of the yacht.
SY Santa Maria Australis operates under the UK's MCA blue code of safety for 12 persons, which is fastidious in its requirements and recognised through out the world. The safety equipment carried exceeds their requirements, and includes automatic satellite location devices, and is inspected and maintained on a regular basis .
In addition to the MCA coding Sagittarius is CE certified
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Technical Details Santa Maria Australis
- 20 metres length, 5.5 metres wide & 2 metres depth
- Sail Area: 2369 sq ft + spinnaker + Cruising chute
- 550 gallons of fuel (1800 mile range on engines only)
- 1,100 gallons fresh water
- 450 gallon waste tank
- Nera WorldPhone marine Satellite telephone with Voice & Data
- Computer system linked via GSM & Satellite Networks for e-mail & Data
- 1 x fixed & 2 x Hand held VHF Radios
- GMDSS auto distress radio
- SSB long range radio
- 2 X Deutz Vetus 106hp engines - range 1800 miles
- Generator - 9.5KVA providing 380v,240v, 24v & 12v. (Euro & UK sockets 240v)
- Water maker - tops up the fresh water supply by 70 gallons / hour
- Ice maker, 100ltr deep freeze & 2 x 115ltr refrigerators
- Cooled air circulation & central heating
- 48 Mile Rader
- Colour chartplotter with GPS & colour depth sounder
- Navtex & Weather fax
- Suite of Simrad navigation & sailing instruments
Leisure and Entertainment Equipment:
- Zodiac YL310 Rib with Jockey seat & 15HP Mercury
- Mistral 'Windglyder' multipurpose water toy
- Snorkel equipment
- Water 'tow toys'
- Card & board games
- Mini ships library of books, CD's & DVD's
- 8 disc CD player & radio with speakers in saloon & cockpit
- DVD & VHS players linked to multi standard TV
- Comfortable deck mattress's for sunbathing
- Removable sun awning over stern deck
Do you feel like having an adventure at the end of the world?
In order to participate on our travels, you don't need any sailing experience. Interest in nature, in helping on board and living together with people sharing your interests. All these are important things for participating and surviving in the wildness and they will help to make your trip and adventure as harmonic a possible.
Become acquainted with this far away country in a way, as it is only possible in a small group, on board a secure sailing boat.
We sail in the channels of Tierra del Fuego and in quiet fjords protected by the Andes during the winter season among beatiful glaciers that come down to the water.
The Santa Maria also belongs to our fleet
Skipper Wolf has been living aboard the "SANTA MARIA" since 1986. The 200,000 nautical miles he has logged give him ample experience handling the ship and crew.
His travel destinations are the Mediterranean, the Caribbean waters, the Atlantic and the Pacific. With the "SANTA MARIA" he has achieved 7 Atlantic crossings and a complete turn around South America. During his travels southward, in the year 1990/91, he was the third German yacht ever to continue into the Antarctic. He could not resist the sweet berries of the calafate. The legend says that everyone who eats from them will return to Tierra del Fuego.
Since 1993 he has continued sailing in waters at the end of the world and inspires his fellow sailors with the "Toerns" around Cape Horn, the channels of Tierra del Fuego, and in the Antarctic. He now has the "Santa Maria" under Captain Orlando and he purchased the luxurious and spacious "Santa Maria Australis" in 2005 aboard which he is the captain. His fellow sailors, among whom we hope you will count yourself, enjoy sailing and enjoying nature. They are healthy and fit.
The SANTA MARIA AUSTRALIS is booking for 7 day Glacier Adventures
from May through October for the season 2008/2009
The Darwin Range
7 days through the water world of the Yamana Indians and a journey to the glaciers of the Darwin Range
You reach Puerto Williams, the starting point of your sailing turn, via:
a) Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
The skipper welcomes you at the AFASYN sailing club in Ushuaia Bay. The sailing yacht is either at the pontoon there or lying at anchor in the bay.
All participants should have arrived at the club by lunchtime.
After arrival on the first day of the turn, as well as on the last day, there will be a complimentary transfer from Ushuaia to Puerto Williams or respectively the other way round.
If necessary we may use a craft other than the yacht booked to run these transfers.
b) Santiago and Punta Arenas
From Punta Arenas there are the two-engine Twin-Otter or the new Antarctica Dash run by the air taxi operator DAP, which will take you across the Darwin Range into the Beagle Channel to the starting point of our expedition.
Puerto Williams (appx. 2.300 inhabitants) situated on Navarino Island is the southernmost settlement in the world. It is here that we have reached the last outpost of civilisation.
The sailing yacht will reach Puerto Williams in the afternoon of the first day of your turn.
After arrival we will make ourselves at home on the yacht, move into our berths and unpack our luggage. The cosy narrowness of the yacht's quarters will become our home for the next fourteen days. The yacht will provide us with safety and shelter in the pristine wilderness that we are about to enter.
The technical installations as well as the safety equipment on board will be demonstrated and explained.
The last native Tierra del Fuego Indians live on Navarino Island in the small settlement of Ukika. We can visit the Martin-Gusinde-Museum to learn about the local environment and native Indian culture or else go for a little stroll and admire the nearby beaver dams.
In the evening we will be guests at the home of Wolf Kloss for a typical Tierra del Fuego asado.
A glass of pisco sour at the yacht club will round off our first evening.
We carry on westwards, up the Beagle Channel to Puerto Navarino. We pass small estancias framed by the dramatic ranges of Tierra del Fuego. The snow covered peaks get higher as the channel gradually narrows. We immerse ourselves into the calm loneliness of this deserted mountain range, the Cordillera Darwin. Anchorage is in Caletta Olla.
We take a walk through the pristine wilderness to the lake of the glacier with its numerous beaver dams. We carry on through the Channel along the "avenida de los glaciares" at the feet of the ice giants. In this area the glaciers stream directly into the sea. Our overnight stop is in Seno Pia, a deep fjord. The water in the fjords is well covered with drifting glacial ice.
We explore the fjord, take a hike to the glacier and even walk on the glacier if the weather conditions are favourable. A colony of seals makes itself well heard. Here we have reached the westernmost point of our journey.
Our way now takes us south through the Thomson Channel. At its opening called Bahia Cook we often encounter the long running swell of the Pacific Ocean. Our course turns east by 90 degrees into Seno Coloane in the Brazo Suroeste of the Beagle Channel.
Days 4 and 5:
We explore the various fjords by boat and on foot. Here there is still a lot of unknown territory to discover. We find protection for the night in Bahia Fleuriais.
We take our leave of the majestic lonely mountain range and sail back to Puerto Williams.
A good day to sleep late, do the packing and get the return flights confirmed.
The return journey is again via
Ushuaia and Buenos Aires
Transfer on the yacht or by an alternative craft to Ushuaia.
Punta Arenas and Santiago
The well known Twin Otter or the Dash take us back to Punta Arenas. The last views of the Beagle Channel and the Cordilliera Darwin bid us farewell from one of the last pristine nature reserves in the world.
Back to civilisation what we have experienced will seem like a dream to us.
Due to weather or forces beyond our control, the route laid out here is subject to changes, which will always be made to ensure the safety of the participants.
The SANTA MARIA AUSTRALIS cruises to the Glaciers/Fjords of Tierra Del Fuego from her base at the world's most southern town, Puerto Williams, Chile.
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