01/11/2013, 58 08.1’S:065 47.5’W, Drake Passage
So, Pelagic is heading south once again. We are on our way to the Antarctic Peninsula Ð the first tourist vessel of the new season. More specifically we are heading to Port Lockroy with a two person film crew of Andrew and Ruth, and a UK Antarctic Heritage Trust team of Tudor and Helen who are opening up the museum/post office that is Port Lockroy. We left Ushuaia for Puerto Williams Thursday lunchtime, and after much negotiation with officialdom left Puerto Williams after dinner that evening. A pleasant night motor-sail and a beautiful dawn had us passing Isla Lennox with less than 10 knots of breeze from most directions at one time or another. By lunch the breeze had freshened a little from the northwest and we had picked up an entourage of dolphins, black-browed, wandering, and a lone grey-headed albatross, countless cape petrels, terns and fairy prions. With this audience and a solid breeze it was time to turn off the engine and enjoy the view as we sailed away from Cape Horn. Over night and into this morning we have had good conditions – occasionally up to 30 knots but largely in the low 20’s all from aft of the beam, perfect sailing for Pelagic. Tonight we are expecting the breeze to build a little with gusts into the high 30’s.
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