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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.

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.

Seal family hanging out on a berg in the background - surrounded by a berg sculpture garden.  We saw three kinds of seals - Weddell, leapard (don't get close!), and crabeater.

Seal family hanging out on a berg in the background - surrounded by a berg sculpture garden. We saw three kinds of seals - Weddell, leapard (don't get close!), and crabeater.

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.

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.

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.

Opti or Laser racing anyone?  The Puerto Williams sailing club.  We had a dinner/barbecue at the club three weeks later - our last night in Puerto Williams.  Great fun people!

Opti or Laser racing anyone? The Puerto Williams sailing club. We had a dinner/barbecue at the club three weeks later - our last night in Puerto Williams.

Replica of Magellan's sailboat the was the first to circle the globe - in Punta Arenas.  Magellan himself never made it all the way around...

Replica of Magellan's sailboat the was the first to circle the globe - in Punta Arenas. Magellan himself never made it all the way around.

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.

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.

The skipper working the drone looking for a passage through the ice clogged channel.

The skipper working the drone looking for a passage through the ice clogged channel.

An Adelie penguin rookery - and yet another one in the background.  There were 5 rookeries on this one small island.

An Adelie penguin rookery - and yet another one in the background. There were 5 rookeries on this one small island.

Moored up to old whale processing ship at Enterprise Is.  Ship went on fire in the 1930s and the captain grounded it.  Several old steam winches were visible in the hull.  Getting on and off this mooring took putting 2-3 people scampering on the hulk.

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.

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.

Robb Berg Spotting again.  Now this is a big one! Size of a city block, 40 meters (130 feet) above the water - and it was "grounded" in what the depth sounder said was near 180 meters (near 600 feet) of water.

Robb Berg Spotting again. Size of a city block, 40 meters feet) above the water - and it was "grounded" in what the depth sounder said was near 180 meters (near 600 feet) of water.

Sally taking it all in.

Sally taking it all in.

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