Most places we moored with 5 points - the anchor off the bow and four lines to shore. Crew went ashore and placed cables around rocks. This is a snug and tidy mooring at Port Lockroy. This picture was taken standing next to one of the mooring lines - that can be 150 to 200 feet (or further) long.
The yacht club at the end of the earth - Micalvi YC. Though the Chilean Navy shut down the "Club" so today its a place to meet with yachties, get your last WiFi connection, and get your last long hot shower. Every boat rafted up to the Chilean navy ship Micalvi (now sunk and sitting in the mud) has a story to tell... here at the end of the earth.
We had a tricky time leaving our mooring. The GRIBs said 5k of wind - but we had 30k of katabatic winds off the mountains pinning us to the hulk. Took 4 crew on the hulk and rocks and two in the dinghy acting as a tug to get clear "cleanly". Was strange standing on the hulk as the boat pulled away. A few hours before Buzz and Thomas used the dinghy to move a bergie bit that drifted into our bow - a bit that likely weighed 15-20 tons.
The ice was calving off the shore as we went by - crack, bang and waves. Often one heard a bang of calving but never saw it. Sound carries a long way in cold air on a no wind day. The predominant wind is easterlies this far south which means we were in the lee of the Antarctic Peninsula. So many quiet light air days. But always on the watch for what can be fierce katabatic winds coming off the mountains.
Moored up to old whale processing ship at Enterprise Is. Ship went on fire in the and the captain grounded it. Several old steam winches were visible in the hull. Getting on and off this mooring took putting people scampering on the hulk.
Our steed to the Antarctic peninsula - our home for the next 3 weeks - Pelagic Australis. Purpose built for high latitude expeditions. At over 60 tons, she needs a good breeze to get moving - but when the wind gets over 30k she can really truck - and takes 40k and 50k winds in stride.