Heading home - The Drake Passage

Due to the spell of bad weather, people were stacked up at King George Island waiting for a plane to fly back to Chile. Our choices were to either wait on the island, or sail back across the 524 mile Drake Passage.

The Drake is known as one of the most turbulent sections of water in the world. It marks the southern meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and lies predominately in the Furious Fifties latitudes. It is also located below the Cape of Good Hope, in which there is no land mass to slow down the currents and winds so they are free to roar around the bottom of the globe.

The indomitable Nancy Kershaw gives her sign of approval at the prospect of sailing across the Drake.

Nancy was the impetus for this entire trip, as the main goal of it was for her to sail down to pay her respects at her son Giles' grave site. Aside from being a renowned character, Giles was a pioneer of small aircraft flight and logistics in Antarctica. He was a founding partner in Adventure Networks International, which is the flight service that now provides much of the logistics and support for attempts on the Vinson Massif, polar crossings and many other adventures. He died in a crash while piloting an experimental gyrocopter.

Doug stoically voices (?) his opinion about sailing across The Drake. Don't worry - it will only take four days...
Day three with 48 knot winds (Force 10) and choppy seas.
 Worth worrying about? Not if you are Skip Novak and in the middle of Tintin and The Calculus Affair.

 We sailed into view of Cape Horn at first light with accompanying Wandering Albatross flying all around.

Tierra del Fuego with Cape Horn in the background and the Beagle Channel up ahead.

 The Beagle Channel on our way to Porto Williams - the southern most town in the world and where we would catch a Twin Otter to fly back to Punta Arenas and eventually home.