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56’01 S 065’12 W course 330, speed 6 kn

Yesterday We got our Clearance to set sail for Antarctica again! Jet and Tinke had left the day before after being onboard since Ullapool and Tenerife! What a journey! Thank you both for the great trip and hope you find some time to rest… or not. We had just finished an epic trip from the Falklands to South Georgia past South Orkney and South Shetland to the Antarctic peninsula back across the Drake passage ending in Puerto Williams, Patagonia. 41 days in total! After such an intensive trip it is not strange to think you see a former voyage crew sitting reading a book in the corner where they used to, or a familiar voice offering a cup of tea… They have al found their way on to the Chilean mainland or Islands or back home and I thank them for the great trip we had and hope they have many more adventures to come!

Last evening we picked up our track a gain and headed of into the Fuegian night. The Rachas (strong winds or squalls) came screaming down the slopes and looked more like witches on a broom stick than anything else! We were not carrying too much sail, so the impact was relatively small. However, it is an impressive sight to see the water being wiped up into the air by the sheer force of the wind. By the time we were passing the Island Snipe, the water had turned white! Snipe is one of the Islands where the Armada has an out post, often run by a single family that rotates every two or three months. Young man’s voice called “valero Tecla” and when I answered his question of what our destination was I couldn’t help but smile, “Antarctica senor”. Finally, we were on our way again. The setting sun had left an orange glow that reassured my feeling towards the intensions of the wind! And sure, enough they decreased to a friendly breeze as we glided past Island Lenox.

Under reefed mizzen, stay sail and # 2 jib we made good progress. However, by morning we needed a little help of the Scania. The wind was fading but a lumpy sea remained! Some of us were struggling with it. At a helm change Rob took a nasty fall and hurt himself. He retired but at lunch I had an other look at him. He didn’t seem happy! It was obvious he was in pain! Events like this can make you feel helpless! It is hard to see when a crew mate is suffering! It therefore made the decision to turn around a lot easier! The winds are still fair we only have 20 hours to Puerto Williams so of we go! Lets get Rob in a more comfortabel position!

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