Posts by Gijs Sluik

Needs must… as the devil drives

Needs must… as the devil drives

Bam Needs must… as the devil drives Not a positive saying, to some maybe offensive, I find it brilliant! Never...

There’s a place called Africa… many miles away

There’s a place called Africa… many miles away

As Lee Scratch Perry blasts through the Wonder Boom, the Scania dully pushes us forward towards this great continent. The...

Under the cover of darkness

Under the cover of darkness

Eleven months and a good 20000nml later the Tecla sails back in to the eastern hemisphere. On her way to...

Trade winds in the Roaring Forties

Trade winds in the Roaring Forties

It seems there is no end to the westerly air flow so far. Sometimes a bit stronger, sometimes a bit...

South Georgia at last

For many years I wanted to visit South Georgia. It did not disappoint! We had trained ourselves for the bio...

Speedy Drake

We took Murray harbour as a short cut. Enki had christened the surveyed part “Tecla harbour”. Infect Enki and Will had sounded the place out on our last trip

Cabo de Hornos,

We headed out through the kelp forest and landed on the little beach. Payed our respects, got the passports stamped and got out of there! A fog bank was coming in from the east and it brought a little friendly breeze. Up went the sails and of went the engine! Its

Beagle Channel

Next morning the alarm went at 0330. Anchor up and out in to Canal the Balereno. Canal is an indication in Spanish for a safe passage between the many islands. It is by no means a dug out fair way! The depth is mostly more than 200mtrs all though not always very wide. The scenery is of the best! High mountains with snow on the tops. Green forest at the foot. And many, many possible anchorages... After Balenero comes Canal O'Brian. To bad we have to make the miles otherwise we could have spent a week exploring the waters between Polux and O'Brian Island. We call in at Alcomar Timbales, the first sign of civilisation. There are many Alcomar's along our route. They are call in points with the armada. One family is stationed at these lighthouses for one year and is responsible for its care and the traffic that passes. We are in Glacier ally now. Brazo Noroeste is a deep and clear fjord. High mountains, dark evergreen forest and snowy peaks dominate both shores. The Caldera Darwin towers to the north with summits of over 2000 mtr. Plenty to see!!! Glacier after glacier pass by. Steamer ducks passing infront at to the scale,

As the winds stay baffling the sun makes a weak appearance

61’21S 067’23W As quickly as it came upon us it disappeared in the fog, the last snowy peaks of the...

It just keeps getting better!

The white continent has not failed us. It has surpassed all expectations and keeps amazing! The Caldera Deception Island we...