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Cape Horn and Beagle Channel

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The final feeling I have left of the Drake Pass is that it's like one of those temporary tunnels or space worms that appear in the science fiction movies that I like so much. It is the price that must be paid to enter or leave a fantastic world, a world of stories. Around there is nothing but immense mass of water in all directions and waltzes of petrels and albatrosses, or, very occasionally, the song of the Yubartas that enlivens this journey.

Today this worm has given us a day of truce. Rolf's good morning has begun with a "Welcome to the end of the Drake Lake journey". And is that today, the Drake Pass looks like waters of a lake. The ship barely moves. That is why we are going to take advantage of the day to settle the ship's bill, tips, exchange of emails and promises to write to us, visit the "how it was done" (usease, the Machine Room) and some more things ...

Monday, December 14
12'41, Cape Horn
At 67 º 18 'W, 56º 00' S

Let us know that we are only 4 miles from Cape Horn, the southernmost Cape on the planet, and the point that takes us to more collected waters.


It is a good day but the mist barely lets us intuit, a cape on which more than one legend of sailors and passionate sailboats has been based and where many ships have been shipwrecked in past centuries.




We begin to see new types of birds surrounding the ship. A bird lover here would be happy, because we have had to see (without exaggeration) more than 50 distinct species throughout the trip



As we continue to 13 knots we will arrive earlier than expected to the Beagle Channel. Still we will take the afternoon calmly and dock around 7:00 in the morning.

Monday, December 14
The 16'22, way of the Beagle Channel
At 66º 28 'W, 55º 29' S

I come to see the machine room. I almost appreciate seeing her today, just one day after arriving at the destination, because it seems incredible that this floats. Entering the machine room is entering a warm location, of all kinds of strong odors and condensed rooms. Valves, boxes, nuts and remote controls with names in Russian give way to a control room impossible to understand. In one corner there is a kind of dirty sink, in another corner with dirty jackets to go outside. !! How gloomy!







We have also taken the opportunity to settle the ship's accounts (100 EUROS exact in my case between beers, wine, emails and laundry) and leave a tip to the tribulation and the Staff

Monday, December 14
23'26, Beagle Channel
At 66º 54 'W, 54º 56' S

I must admit that I am not much of farewell parties and things like that, but today I got a little excited.

The dinner has been cool. And not only because of how good it has been (smoked salmon, Argentine beef ...) but because we have toasted with cava, the captain, the cooks, the waitresses, the entire staff with Rolf in the lead have come down. They have dedicated very nice words of farewell. I guess it's normal for this type of travel, but it has managed to reach me.




I don't want to say goodbye without remembering someone with whom I have made a special friendship with the crew. Sergeiv, who I talked to you the other day, the radio operator, which has allowed me to send all the emails I have needed to publish this "mini-diary" of bitacora. Thanks mate


What a beautiful night it makes. Anchored, here under the moonlight and a starry night, beautiful, we say goodbye to the "tuaregs" and offer because trips like this are repeated on more occasions


P.S. The night lasted a little longer than I thought, ahem ... drink here, party over there (10 EUROS extra), although today ... well deserved it

Isaac, from the Beagle Channel arriving in Usuahia (Argentina)

TOTAL EXPENSES FROM DAY 9 TO DAY 20 (ANTARTIDA): 110 EUROS (+97 EUROS in gifts in PORT LOKROY)

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