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Intro

The most popular of our expeditions, Cape Horn & Tierra del Fuego's Darwin Range provide a mixture in which one of the planet's oldest man-nature challenges such as the rounding of the horn meets an immersion into the deep wilderness that the southern shores of Tierra del Fuego have to offer; all this as part of a crew, in the spirit of sailor's camaraderie.

The same brutal nature feared by the seafarer's of the past, is today cherished as home to one of "earth's last wild places" as stated in 2002 by NGO Conservation International. The government of Chile has created two national parks (PN Cabo de Hornos, PN Alberto de Agostini) in the area, and UNEP designated in 2005 the "Cape Horn World Biosphere Reserve".

What makes these Expeditions so special?

They are a chance to experience first-hand the adventure and camaraderie of sea navigation.

Why is it a good idea?

Because individual berths are sold on each trip, giving enough flexibility for different group sizes to join in. Also these Expeditions are a good opportunity to fully explore the area the way not even airplanes or big cruise ships can. Full access to coves and islets are what make "our way", the unique way in which to carefully unveil the secrets of the area.

Dates & Rates  
Code Dates Costs
A01/18    Nov 07, 2012– Nov 21, 2012  US$3,820 / €2.950 per person
A06/18 Mar 06, 2013 – Mar 20, 2013 US$3,820 / €2.950 per person
A08/18 Apr 10, 2012 – Apr 24, 2013 US$3,820 / €2.950 per person
     

Itinerary details

Voyage:
Cabo de Hornos - Cordillera Darwin 2012/13
Duration:
13 nights / 14 days
Embarkation:
Puerto Williams, Chile
Disembarkation:
Puerto Williams, Chile
Vessel:
Santa Maria Australis

Itinerary 

Please Note that these Itineraries are tentative only. The weather has always the last word. Also, activities to do once ashore will be organized on the nights before they could take place.

Expedition Itinerary for SV Santa Maria AUSTRALIS

Day 1 – Our sailing trips goes from Puerto Williams - Chile. The sailing yacht is either at the dock in Puerto Williams or lying at anchor in the bay. The skipper will welcomes you at the Micalvi sailing club. If the skipper sees and opportunity, we will begin our voyage as soon as we get everyone on board, otherwise, we will prepare the boat to leave the next day, and glass of "pisco sour" at the legendary Yacht Club "Micalvi" will round-off our first evening.

Day 2 – Puerto Williams East and then South towards Puerto Toro.

Day 3 – Puerto Toro South to Puerto Maxwell

Day 4 – Puerto Maxwell, rounding of Cape Horn, Caleta Martial

Day 5 – Caleta Martial North to Caleta Banner on Picton Island

Day 6 – Caleta Banner West to Puerto Williams

Day 7 – Puerto Williams West to Islotes Campamento

Day 8 – Islotes Campamento North West to Caleta Olla

Day 9 – Caleta Voilier West to Seno Pía

Day 10 – Seno Pía South and East to Seno Coloane

Day 11 – Seno Coloane East to Bahía Fleuriais.

Day 12 – Bahía Fleureais East to Fuegian Estancia

Day 13 – Fuegian Estancia East to Puerto Navarino

Day 14 – End of expedition in Puerto Williams


What's included?
A standard CREW Expedition Includes:
• Food and wine. Our choice of table wine and beer to be served with meals. A standard of three meals are to be expected by the Captain (Only a Joke).
• Port fees, permits & local taxes.
• Vessel running costs.
• Life jacket (PFD) Automatic type, with harness.
• Limited Access to global communication device (sat phone). We work with Iridium and INMARSAT (transmissions costs not included).
• Access to interpretative material such as nautical charts and a petite on-board thematic library.
• Accommodation on a heated cabin once on board.
• Linen, which includes a cozy “Duvet”.

What's not included?
A standard CREW Expedition does not include:
• Beer, spirits and other alcohol unless otherwise indicated.
• Special and personal dietary supplements (i.e. power bars, energy drinks)
• Personal skin-care products such as sunscreen lip balms, Dermartone, or other.
• Travel arrangements to port of boarding such as airfare, hotels, restaurants and other, unless otherwise indicated.
• Travel costs to port of boarding such as airfare, hotels, restaurants and other.
• Necessary visa and immigration obtainer procedures, handling, and fees. Please be aware that you must obtain visa and/or the necessary paperwork in order to enter both Chile and Argentina.
• Personal clothing and gear unless otherwise stated.
• Personal medications. A general medical kit is available on board, despite this we recommend you consult your doctor and bring your personal medical kit.
• Transmission costs from the use of Global Communication Device (Sat Phone) such as Iridium.
• Access to laptop or personal computers. The vessels do have this equipment on board, but they are for exclusively for the skipper’s use for weather forecast reports, emergency communication, and others. No foreign USB drives or such can be plugged to this equipment either. We recommend you to bring your own storage device.
• Expenses once ashore.
• Personal Accident and Evacuation Costs.


Expedition Style

Our CREW expedition style, which is the unique way to experience first-hand navigation, contemplates team-work, duties, chores, and the traditional sailing spirit which are emphasized, encouraged, and expected. Participants join the expedition as crew, getting access to the special opportunity to be part of a revival of the ancient art of sailing-based exploration.

Highlights

Visit to Puerto Williams, southernmost community in the world. Sail through waters of the ancient Yamana (Yaghan) culture. Explore the very same fjords, coves, and islets that Fitzroy and Darwin surveyed. Visit and spot of wild flora and fauna such native Southern Beech forests, Magellanic and Rockhopper penguins, Minke whales and Orcas, albatrosses, Peale’s and Black dolphins, and other. Visit and explore Tierra del Fuego’s Darwin Range with its dramatic fjords and superb glacier tongues. …and of course, the ultimate sailor’s test: the rounding of Cape Horn.

What makes this expedition particularly special is the fact that sailing on a vessel with a Chilean flag such as SV Santa Maria, makes it possible to do what no other sailboats in the area can: access to the south to the now legendary “Murray Channel”, which is famous not only because of its restricted status, but also because it’s a hotspot for historical sites as well as wildlife.


Who can join and participate?

Anyone with an adventurous spirit and a taste for wilderness.
It must be kept in mind though, that this is a sailing expedition, and as such, a good physical condition as well as a positive attitude towards team-work in order to be able to spend time with other individuals in enclosed spaces for periods of time are not only desirable, but required in order to participate and fully enjoy these expeditions.

Previous sailing experience is desired but not essentially required. All those who join participate in all aspects of the expedition, such as kitchen chores, navigation watch, navigation maneuvers, sailing maneuvers, and other. Those without experience get to learn, and those with the experience get to practice once more.


What can be expected?

Of the Destination

Cape Horn has been regarded not only as a landmark for sailors around the world, but today, it remains as one of earth’s oldest challenges. Few venture this far south, and even fewer have the opportunity to not only “round the horn” but also of exploring the areas’ pristine wilderness.

North of Cape Horn lays the southern shores of Tierra del Fuego and the Fuegian Archipelago of countless coves and islands. Deep fjords with stunning glaciers at their end, steep mountainsides, and wild scenes of flora, fauna, and landscapes compose the core of Tierra del Fuego’s rarely accessed Darwin Range.

Of the climate

It’s no secret that Cape Horn is renowned for its fierce climate. In general, Patagonia, the Fuegian Archipelago, and Cape Horn, are known for the changing pattern of their weather. During the summer, temperatures range from just above zero to around 15 (degrees Celsius) on a single day. The same can be said for rains, sunshine, snow and wind. It’s pretty much a cliché (but always true) to mention that you can experience all four seasons in one single day.

Rain and snow can be experienced during the spring and summer, but they usually go as fast as they come. The whole “layers” concept for clothing works in Patagonia at its best, given that rarely any weather lasts more than a couple hours, giving ample time for the wind to dry clothes and gear.

One of the best things about the summer this far south, is that the hours of light available make it perfect for fully enjoying full-day activities. A day can be started with good sunlight as early as 5 or 6am during the summer months, and it can end with plenty of sunlight by 9pm.

During the wintertime, temperatures go down and they stay often below zero. The area endures snowfalls, and ice forms on some bays and fjords. The main aspect of the winter to consider is the significant less hours of sunlight available. This is the reason we only plan for longer expeditions during the wintertime. An expedition that would take 6 or 12 days during the summer, will typically last 8 or 15 days in the winter respectively.

Of the Expedition

Wolf Kloss puts it quite well when he says that “our expeditions are not just about sailing, but mainly about discovery.”

Even though the main activity in our expeditions we recognize as sailing, the whole concept of exploration is what we want people to take back home. To achieve this, efforts are made in order to land in places where treks, wild flora and fauna, and even visits to some of the local people are a possibility. In order to keep a schedule that will provide the opportunities to witness the breath-taking landscapes the area has to offer, wind conditions are key, and whenever sailing does not allow for efficient mobility, the vessel will turn to engine power in order to not only make the best of the track, but also to avoid unfavorable weather conditions.

Life on board is to be expected in an atmosphere of expedition. Chores and sailing maneuvers reinforce the camaraderie unique to this type of expeditions. Early mornings are the rule, in order to take maximum advantage of the area’s attractions.

The temperature inside the boats can vary depending on the situation, and the climatic and sailing context typical of a sailing vessel, but inside temperature averages around 16-18 degrees Celsius. Both Vessels have pump-powered toilets and “sailboat showers” available. Please note that even though available, showers cannot be expected everyday given the importance of conserving and efficiently use water. A good recommendation is that each person brings his/her own sponge in order to better enjoy a “sailboat shower”.

Meals are prepared with the help of everyone on the expedition, and are composed of a variety of oven and pot menus, with local ingredients and a solid caloric content.

Of the Crew

You can expect a team of friendly and hospitable individuals who will help you out experience the Expedition at its fullest. Also, we have a very “down to-earth” approach towards everyone, making the atmosphere in the boats, the field, or the office, accessible, warm, and welcoming.

At Victory Cruises Expeditions we have worked hard to have our taste for sailing meet our call for exploration and let it become the core of our objective: to provide world-class opportunities to immerse oneself into wilderness, and explore the world in order to discover oneself.



Suggestions

Further information and reading about the area, the geology, geography, history, and other important topics, as well as more practical one such as immigration documents for entering Chile and Argentina (need to get visa for both), currency, and other, can be widely found on the internet, and some of this info can be also be found in our website.

Please consider the importance of bringing the following items listed just below.
We strongly recommend the following items in order to better experience an Expedition to Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego, and/or Antarctica.

Please note that these items are not just suggested, but most of them required.

1. Thermal Underwear.
2. Warm Socks (Fleece, Wool, or other).
3. Polar/Pile Fleece Jacket.
4. Trouser or Overall.
5. Outer Wind Proof Shell.
6. Water resistant and water proof protection (look for sailing and foul weather clothing gear, which is not the same as ordinary outdoor gear).
7. Waterproof Gloves.
8. Hat, Cap, Balaclava, preferably windproof.
9. Sea Boots, preferably full height, non-slip sole.
10. Boat Shoes or Slippers, with rubber sole.
11. Hiking Boots if desired for ashore hikes.
12. Towel.
13. Sleeping Bag (if sailing with SV Santa Maria).
14. Sunscreen of high PDF and after-sun Cream, as well as lip balm.
15. Sunglasses.
16. Small backpack.
17. “Soft Luggage” (no hard suitcases on board, unless it’s special photographic equipment, for example). Duffel bags are a good example of what’s a proper luggage format. If you happen to bring hard suitcases or similar, Victory Cruises Expeditions will provide storage space either in Ushuaia or Puerto Williams.
18. Personal medications. A general medical kit is available on board, despite this we recommend you consult your doctor and bring your personal medical kit.
19. Special Dietary supplements not included in Victory Cruises Expeditions meals.
20. A personal sponge for "sailboat showers".
21. Cash, in order to be able to purchase souvenirs. Most souvenir shops, as well as other small shops around towns smaller than Ushuaia, in the Beagle Channel, do not take credit cards or cheques. US dollars or Euros will work fine.
22. Laptops, USB drives and other electronic equipment useful for downloading and storing personal pictures, videos, and other data. The vessels do have this equipment on board, but they are exclusively for the Skipper’s use for weather forecast reports, emergency communication, and others. No foreign USB drives or such can be plugged to this equipment either, so we recommend you bring your own in order to freely manipulate your personal information.
23. Plugs and adaptors. The electric current on the boats (SV Santa Maria and SV Santa Maria AUSTRALIS is of 12v and of 220v. The sockets on board are for plugs/outlets “Type C” (“European Two-plug”). Please be aware that access to the electric current on board is available, but limited to the Skipper’s criteria.

Notes of Importance:

Due to the geographical, meteorological, and cultural context of the area in which we operate, participants must be mindful of the importance of booking flights with enough time before and after the Expedition’s start and end dates (Day 1, and Day 7).

We demand from every participant, to book flights, hotels, and other services for the dates before and after the Expedition, and not for the very same days the Expedition starts and/or ends. Please also note that it is highly recommended to purchase flexible air tickets given the possibility of late arrival due to unfavourable weather conditions, or other.

Victory Adventure Expeditions will not be held responsible for flight problems.

Please note that even though access to Global Communication Devices (in this case, Iridium and Inmarsat satellite Phone) is available, this access is limited and restricted to use according to the captain’s criteria. The use of such device, available on board, is primarily for safety reasons. If you need unrestricted, continuous use of such a device, we highly recommend you bring your own.