Expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia,
"Philos" on rumb line for Antarctica
with good weather in Goree Pass,
Tierra Del Fuego
Cape Horn - Chilean
After a morning spent
in Ushuaia we will sail toward the East for
an afternoon of down wind navigation to Puerto
Williams, a chilian navy base, where we will have our passport
checked by the Chilean customs. We will need about 2 days of navigation
to get out of the Beagle Canal, cross the Nassau Bay often exposed
to strong winds and reach the Wolaston archipelago, just north of Cape
Back in the Beagle Canal, we will then sail (motor) against the
prevailing winds, towards the West, to a succession of fjords and
glaciers surounded by the ever lasting snow covered summits of
the Darwin cordillera.
If it is a beautiful day, with a good visibility, then you will
have a fantastic and unforgettable sight... Moreover, you will marvel
at the feeling of purity that releases itself from this natural
14 days cruise from Ushuaia to Ushuaia
lst day : Crossing of the Beagle Canal to reach Puerto
Williams. This naval Chilean base deliver the entry to Chili and the
Canals . Distance 25 nautical miles.
2nd day : Departure of Puerto Williams. Sailing East toward
the end of the Beagle Canal, and then South through
the Paso Picton (between Navarino Island and Picton Island). Calling
at Puerto Toro for the night.
3rd day : Sailing South to cross the Nassau Bay and reach the
South of Wollaston Island, mooring at Caleta Martial (Herschel Island)
for the night. Distance: 35 miles.
4th day : Sailing through the Franklin
Canal, between Wollaston and Herschel Island, we will pass the famous
Cap Horn around midday with chapain . Weather permiting, we will anchor
at the South East of Cap Horn island the Chilean navy's camp and then
land to visit the chilian navy base. This chilian family always makes
us welcome and you may sign the visitors book, get your passeport
by the local post office and visit the church and the monument to the
memory of all the sailors who died around this infamous cape. We will
then sail 12 miles back to the very sheltered anchorage of Caleta
5th day : Crossing of Nassau Bay and back to Puerto Toro or
Caleta Banner (North coast of Picton Island) . Distance:
35 or 53 miles.
6 th day : Back to the Micalvi bar, at Puerto
7th and 8th day : departure from Puerto Williams to the Darwin
Cordillera; We will anchor for the night where allowed by the Chilian
9th, 10th, 11th day: Sailing the north west branch of the
Beagle Canal. Anchorage near the entrance of Garibaldi Seno.
12th day : motoring up the Garibaldi Seno until the front of
the Glaciers (distance 10 miles). Mooring at Caleta Olla, an old indian
13th, 14th day : Back to Puerto Williams and Ushuaia via the
south west arm of Gordon island.
Period : November to May
Best weather : In summer, from December to March: temperature
from 10 to 20 degrees celcius , variable and unstable weather,
possibility of strong wind. During autumn : from April to June,
temperature from 0 to 15 degrees celcius, weather more stable.
Interest : Rounding of the Cape Horn, the wild splendor of
the Patagonian Cannals and Chilian Glaciers.
Difficulty : The canals are protected from the swell and
strong wind, but the day sailing around Cape Horn can be tough.
Philos is not a fast racer, because of
her weight, but she can handle any storm. This Damien II type sailing
boat has been specially
designed and built for the french sailors Jérôme Poncet
and Gérard Janichon
after their first ice navigation, in the seventies. These yachts have
sucessfully used since 25 years in extreme sailing. Her strong rounded
hull escapes from the tremendous pression of the fast ice. In fact
the perfect boat to overwinter in the ice. Her moderate size alows her
to come very close to any icebergs, whales, birds,
seals, and penguins.
of registration: Basel (Switzerland)
Registration No: 03543
Radio call sign: HBY3393
Designer: Michel Joubert (French)
Constructor : Meta in Tarare, France
Hull no: 1107
Model: Damien II
Length: 14.14 meters
Beam: 3.9 Meters
Draught: 0,90-3.00 Meters (lifting keel)
Sail area to the wind: 132 square meters
Fresh water Capacity: 1200 liters
Diesel Fuel Capacity: 1400 liters
Displacement: 24 tons
Engine: Perkins 4236 diesel, 54 KW.
Electronics: Radar, depth sounder, barograph, weather
monitor, GPS, VHF and HF radios, 2 VHF handeld, Satelite Email GSC100
(email@example.com), weather fax, laptop computer.
Anchoring: 3 anchors with 100 meters of chain and
Safety: 10 persons offshore life raft, 10 life
jackets, 10 safety harnesses, 1 horseshoe buoy, 1 set of hand and smoke
flares, 2 fire extinguishers.
Tenders: 1 rubber
boat Zodiac with 15 HP outboard motor, 1 rigid dinghy with 10 HP
Interior: sleeps 5 guests (two cabins with doble bunk,
1 cabin with
single bunk), bunk beddings and pillows are available but not the
Leisure: books about the austral zone, compact disks,
mini disks, tapes,
fishing and diving gears, 50 meters fishing net.
Power supply: 220 volts,
Crew: skipper and cook.