Sun setting over straumness in scotland

Punta Arenas to South Africa

Cape to Cape - Southern Ocean Sailing

For many years, people speculated about the shape of the earth. One missing piece was the weight that kept the earth from tipping over. Aristole already speculated about a region bearing the same relation to the south pole as the one in the north. Antarktike would be the female form of Antarktikos. Meaning as much as across from Arctic. Much later this missing continent even had a name, Terra Australis. The British explorer Mattew Flinders, mapped great parts of the continent now known as Australia. He claimed there was “no probability” of finding any land mass further south than “his” Australia. Claims like these didn’t stop brave men from venturing further and further south. By 1820 the continent surrounding the South Pole was found. It stayed well hidden in the Antarctic mist and was the object of many great expeditions. Some in search of its supposed natural resources, some in search of the whales and their blubber, some in search of fame!

The most Southern continent also has its own kind of fauna like the many penguins, but also a great variety of seals among whom we can hopefully find the fearsome looking Leopard Seal. If the ice allows us we will try to transit the Le Maire channel with it awesome views!

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From Punta Arenas we set of on our Cape to Cape voyage. Visiting Puerto Williams and hopefully  Cape Horn, before setting of  across the Drake Passage.  This trip we will not only visit the Antarctic peninsula but also South Georgia. South Georgia used to be home to many whaling factories not so long ago. 

Today South Georgia, like Antarctica is highly protected! It is only permanently inhabited by scientist. This enabled the flora and fauna to start to recover. The Elephant seals  are again king on the beach! From south Georgia we will start our crossing of the South Atlantic ocean with one more possible stop before Cape Town SA, the Island of Tristan da Cuna, a tiny dot in the middle of the ocean!

Cape to cape, South georgia

This epic voyage takes you through the Southern Ocean where the West Winds blow. A place known for its strong winds, the Howling Forties, Fierce Fifties and Screaming Sixties will be our play ground. 

The Tecla is a sturdy vessel that does well in stronger winds because of her low masts. The mainsail can be reefed to the second reef as can the mizzen. Also on board are some storm sails for the longer periods of strong winds. But don’t worry, there will also be light weather sails on board to get through those amazing sunny days sailing up to South Africa! 

On the islands of the Southern Ocean, there are many species that can be seen in their natural habitat, undisturbed by human interference. There are birds, seals and penguins (and many other species) to be spotted, so do not forget your camera!

How to get there, and back home

Getting to the ship and back home should not be difficult. Both Punta Arenas and Cape Town have their own airport. After booking your voyage we will give you more details on our berthing spot.

 “Everything comes with the cold water” as they say in Iceland and so there is Tecla’s first Antarctic season. What an adventure!

53 day voyage

15 - 25 years old €8.424 25>years old €9.360

1st of Februari 24th of March