Sail to the ends of the earth

Skipper : Olivier PAUFFIN


Calendar 2011/2012
DATES 2011 / 2012
17 March - 15 April 2011 Cape Horn and channels full
30 days
12 - 25 November 2011 Trekking - Glaciers full
14 days
3 - 9 December 2011 Cape Horn or Glaciers 4 berth
7 days
17 - 23 December 2011 Cape Horn or Glaciers 4 berth
7 days
7 - 20 January 2012 Cape Horn and Glaciers 3 berth
14 days
28 January - 10 February 2012 Cape Horn and Glaciers 1 berth
14 days
18 February - 2 March 2012 Cape Horn and Glaciers 4 berth
14 days
10 - 23 March 2012 Cape Horn and channels
or Trekking Glaciers
4 berth
14 days

4 participants

Spoken languages: French - English - Spanish.
Olivier has been sailing on his boat since 1982 : the Mediterranean, occidental Africa, equatorial Africa, crossing of the Atlantic South on its own, long cruises on the Atlantic costs of South America, many expeditions to the Cape Horn in the Patagonian canals and to Antarctica. The yacht is moored in Ushuaia, Argentina.


12m Sloop. of 1982. Renovated in 95. Atkins plan. 100m2 of sail. Engine speed 6 knots. Displacement 12 tons.
Draws 1,9m of water. Water 450 l. Diesel oil 550 l.

: Radar/Weather fax/GPS/ Automatic pilote/ Regulator.
Communication : Fixed and portable VHF/BLU, Tape/CD player

This boat goes to the following destinations :

2 cabins
: 2 x 1 , 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 small simple.1 bathroom. 1 shower.


A 2 week expedition to Cape Horn or the glaciers of Tierra Del Fuego costs of 2500 Euros/person WITH ALL INCLUDED FROM USHUAIA OR PUERTO WILLIAMS.


Typical Cape Horn Itinerary:


Itinerary for Cape Horn from Ushuaia or Puerto Williams (25 miles East)

PUERTO WILLIAMS (54°56'S / 67°36'W)

We set sail from the yacht club at 'Seno Lauro', the best natural
harbour of this region. (The wreck of the 'Micalvi' is our jetty
and provides at the same time all harbour facilities: pub and
shower) There are a handful of boats tied off here getting ready
for Antarctica or just coming down from the Chilean Channels -
Yamana Indians - Martin Gusinde Museum - last shower at Micalvi.

DAY 2 PUERTO TORO (55°05'S / 67°06'W)

Laid back Puerto Williams - 1200 inhabitants - high military presence
but totally out of date - no private telephone lines - sailing the
Beagle Channel - Puerto Toro: most southern settlement of the
world - 50 inhabitants - dealing one bottle of whisky for a couple
of buckets full of King Crabs - detailed weather analysis for the
right moment to go to the Horn.

DAY 3 BAHIA SCOURFIELD (55°45'S / 67°20'W)

Early in the morning we can watch the beavers - passing 'Isla Lennox'
and 'Isla Nueva' - at 'Isla Evout' we might sight some Albatross,
since this island is an important breeding place for them - we
anchor at Bahia Scourfield, Wollaston Group, and do some trekking
to an inland lake.

DAY 4 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." (Skip Novak:
'Cape Horn cloaked in mystery')

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 is full of
life: Commerson- & Dusky Dolphins, Seals, Whales (Fin-, Sei-,
Orca- ) - the air is full of life: Wandering Albatross, Condor,
Giant Petrels, Wild Goose, Skuas.

DAY 7 CALETA MARTIAL (55°40'S / 67°25'W)

We get a bit of rest - we can make a beautiful long trekking along the
coast - Yamana Indians have lived here with their open canoes:
they had no clothing, rowed in open canoes with an open fire in
the middle, the women dived for king Crab, the coast was full of
mussel heaps, they ate the 'Pan dos Indios' - we head up north
again towards Puerto Williams.

You may visit the Puerto Williams Yagan Indian museum to see Indian
artifacts and visit other points of interest. You will have an
early farewell lunch and then make your final disembarkation from
your yacht in order to be transported to the airport for your
return to Punta Arenas and an optional tour of Torres Del Paine.

If time and weather permit, we will see even more out of the way
coves, lakes, forests and streams that are not on the itinerary.

A certificate of "Rounding The Horn" available for a small fee (US$ 10) from
the Navy in Puerto Williams.

Cape Horn is the steep headland on Horn Island, part of TIERRA DEL
FUEGO, in southern Chile.

It is the last point of South America extending into the DRAKE
PASSAGE, gateway to Antarctica which lies 600 miles farther South.

Map of Cape Horn area: