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Date: 05-02-07

From: Ushuaia To: Aitcho

20:00 Position             55˚10’9.S         066˚23’2.W


Wind:                        var 2-6 later ENE3

air temperature:             10


Everybody wakes up quite early, exciting about the days to come.

The crew prepares the ship for departure, whilst other write their last messages home. The Pilot arrives at coffee time and the 700 horses below are called to duty, the wind comes from all directions. For the moment canvas stays packed away with gaskets.


Lunch is served with union soup.


Halfway through the Beagle Channel we can see Isla de los Lobos, the Island of the South American Sea Lions and South American Fur Seals, and indeed, if you look through your binoculars, you can spot a whole bunch of them hauling out on the rocks. King and Rock Shags fly low over the water, in a straight line as cormorants do. Chilean Skua’s patrol the sky, always looking for something to eat.


Later on we pass the Chilenean harbour village Puerto Williams, a Chilean settlement and Isla Gable where the first Magellanic Penguins are spotted on the beach and in the water. A little bit further is the shipwreck of the Logos which ran aground on a rock here in 1988. Further on the channel we see the beautifully streamlined Black-Browed Albatrosses.

Crossing the Drake Passage on the Bark Europa
They are regularly seen. Nearly 75% of the world population of these birds breeds on the Falkland Islands.


Bart gives lecture about birds of the Drake Passage but gets interrupted pretty soon by a pod of dolphins on starboard. A couple of Dusky Dolphins accompany our ship. Playfully they jump out of the water, with their dark characteristic snouts. Later on, we see some more.


Outside, another seabird is suddenly abundant: the Sooty Shearwater. This is the bird that made the news a couple of months ago: 19 of these Shearwaters were tagged (equipped with a small emitter) and were found to have travelled 64.037 km in some 260 days (averaging 244 km/day), the longest animal migration ever recorded electronically.


Crew sets safety lines and nets and sets the first sails assisted by Guest crew.


17: 30 our the pilot disembarks and the ship starts rolling from the first bit of swell coming in.


With a full tummy with pasta and ice-cream the first squares are hoisted.

With help of engines we go full force south west-hoping to out run the heavy weather which is forecasted.

mellemel8 says:
GOOD GOD you went on a tall ship!?! WOW!!!
Posted on: May 06, 2008
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