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Sail Across the Atlantic Cape to Cape via Antarctica
Visit Antarctica, South Georgia and Tristan da Cunha and Cross Southern Atlantic from Ushuaia, Argentina to Cape Town, South Africa
There are few sailing trips in the world more exciting than this. An ocean voyage to a remote and rarely visited part of the planet on a world class traditional tall ship where you are the crew.
This trip starts in the Ushuaia Argentina and sails transatlantic to Cape Town in South Africa.
CAPE TO CAPE, A TRUE OFF SHORE OCEAN EXPEDITION – 52 Days
The last voyage of the 2017/2018 epic Antarctic sailing season “The Cape to Cape voyage” is an adventure for all nature and sailing lovers. The places you’ll land offer a remarkable wildlife with unique species, sometimes in surprising quantities.
Your voyage offers all nature lovers a special opportunity to meet with some of the most unspoiled environments of this world. During this 52-day voyage you will visit a number of remarkable areas like the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea with her many icebergs.
After your visit to Antarctica you will sail towards the sub-Antarctic island South Georgia with its spectacular scenery and outstanding wildlife. Furthermore the plan is to visit the remotest inhabited island of the world: Tristan da Cunha.
Here, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, lives a small community on top of an active volcano. Your voyage ends in the South African capital Cape Town.
Your vessel is a sail training ship which means you will be mustered as voyage crew. But don’t worry, you’ll receive thorough safety training. Being part of the crew is definitely a major part of this amazing experience. And what’s great is that no prior sailing experience is necessary. This is an adventure open to everyone. While on deck you will work side by side with the permanent crew. Join the watch system, take the helm, assist with maneuvers and navigation, make the weather observations, learn to furl the sails, and so much more. Lectures will be given regarding basic sail theory, watch responsibilities, line handling, navigation, and steering. You’ll be an old sea-dog in no time.
Your level of participation will partly depend on your interest level as well as your physical condition. Everything on board is done in a “Dutch” style which means no yelling or whistle blowing at all.
As you can imagine, a transatlantic crossing is a team effort. It won’t take long at all before your fellow voyage crew feel like family. And unless you think it’s all work – your vessel has plenty of places and opportunities to relax. There’s a lounge, library, deckhouse, and even a poker corner. Find your spot and kick back to feel the wind in your hair – spend an afternoon dreaming big out on the wide blue ocean.
Places on this incredible voyage start filling up 18 months in advance and are extremely limited so get in touch if you’d like to be part of this amazing adventure.
The ship is registered as a sail training ship and as such you will be mustered as voyage crew. This means that, more so than on a passenger ship, you will get extensive safety instructions and you are asked to join in sailing the ship by joining the watch system.
Participating in sailing and running the ship is part of the overall experience on board. The level of participation will depend on your interest and physical condition. On deck you work together with the permanent crew. The watch system consists of joining the permanent crew for 4 hours, after which you will be off for 8 hours.
NO SAILING EXPERIENCE NEEDED
Everyone is welcome to take the helm, set sails, assist with manoeuvres, navigation, weather observations, furling the sails on the yards and much more. The permanent crew will give lectures and instruct you during the voyage in steering, navigation and line handling.
This will be done in a ‘Dutch’ style, so without yelling, blowing whistles and so on. Also, you will find no uniforms on the ship.
Crossing the ocean properly with a square rigger under sail is a team effort, so the crew appreciate every input from the voyage crew. Sailing experience is not necessary. Instructions will be given in watch responsibilities, basic sail theory, line handling, steering and navigation.
One hour on board the ship and it will instantly be clear: “teamwork” has to be the key to this beautiful traditional sailing vessel. No winches, but an infinity of lines; at first glance maybe a complete jungle. The hundreds of blocks look like spiders in their webs. The novice sailor will be introduced to these matters every day and, after a few weeks, all those lines, blocks, stays, booms with their impossible names and functions become an open book.
VARIOUS PLACES FOR RELAXING
The ship is ideal for ocean crossings and longer voyages, with various places for relaxing: library, lounge, poker corner and deckhouse. These different areas allow you to do your own thing: perhaps some quiet reading or a more active role in the social life in the deckhouse. The ship is equipped with a DVD player, a CD player, i-Pod connection and radio. There are four 2-person cabins, four 4-person cabins and four 6-person cabins. The comfortable cabins each have an en-suite toilet and shower.
MEALS ON BOARD
An experienced cook and cook’s assistant will prepare three meals a day. The general meal times on board are:
Breakfast: 07:00 – 09:00
Coffee and tea: 10:00, 14:00, 16:00, 20:00
Baking of bread and cookies is done at night.
At sea, midnight snacks are prepared, usually during the dog watch (24:00-04:00)
Built at the Stulcken shipyard in Hamburg, the ship was put into service as Elbe 3 lightship on the river Elbe, and later worked as a stand-by vessel. In 1986 the ship was brought to the Netherlands. Over a period of 8 years, she was completely rebuilt and rigged as a three-masted bark.
The rebuilding and conversion to a sailing vessel was carried out under the supervision of the Dutch Shipping Inspection, Bureau Veritas and Register Holland. She sails with worldwide certificates from each of these authorities and she complies with the highest requirements for sailing ships.
The Voyage Cape to Cape
Some people become interested in Antarctica after reading about the voyages of Ernest Shackleton and other expeditions. Others are more fascinated by the rich wildlife or the beauty of the unspoilt natural environment. Antarctica is one of the oldest continents on our planet, but man has always been unable to live here because of its extremely cold climate.
It is the last great wilderness on Earth.
The expeditions start in Argentina in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in South America, located alongside the Beagle Channel. From here, the ship must cross ‘the Drake Passage’, renowned by sailors the world over.
Albatrosses and petrels will accompany the you on your way to the Antarctic paradise. After passing the Antarctic Convergence Zone, the ship sails between the icebergs to the South Shetland Islands. The wildlife is overwhelming: seals, sea-gulls, cormorants and petrels use the Antarctic summer to raise their young.
In the Antarctic waters, you will anchor in sheltered bays practically every day. The crew will take groups ashore in the dinghies to see glaciers, mosses and lichens, seals, birds and penguin rookeries. Ashore, visitors will often be welcomed by different kinds of penguins, such as the Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins.
The experienced guide will give you information about the flora and fauna and will also tell you where to find bird and sea elephant colonies. The ship will sail further south.
It’s expected that the most loyal visitors of the Southern Ocean: enormous Humpback whales; Minke whales and even Orcas or Killer whales may well come close to us, curious to see who ventures into their waters.
Ice masses will get bigger closer to the mainland. Steep glaciers, walls of ice with magical shapes and surreal colours will surround you on board.
After your visit to Antarctica you will sail towards the sub-Antarctic island South Georgia with its spectacular scenery and outstanding wildlife. You’ll find the remains of a former whaling station at Grytviken and see the grave of Shackleton, one of the most heroic pole travellers. It is an old tradition to drink a glass of whisky near his grave.
Time for some classic sailing on board of this beautiful ship after leaving South Georgia. The plan is to visit the remotest inhabited island of the world: Tristan da Cunha. Here, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, lives a small community on top of an active volcano. Let’s hope that the swell isn’t big enough to prevent a safe landing.
The final leg of this long voyage is a beautiful sail to Cape Town. It takes about 10 days to sail from Tristan da Cunha to Cape Town. At the end of April the Table Mountain will appear on the horizon and the ship will be berthed along the quay in the V&A Waterfront. It is time to say goodbye to the ship and to life on board. It will be difficult to get used to the ‘normal’ life again.
Dates & Rates
**2017/18 season dates are now on waiting list only. If you’re interested in joining the voyage please complete an enquiry form and we will update you on availability and options**
VOYAGE 4: Antarctica Expedition – SAILING CAPE TO CAPE
Antarctica & South Georgia & Tristan da Cunha plus ocean crossing to South Africa
3 March 2018 – 23 April 2018
Start: Ushuaia, Argentina
Finish: Cape Town, South Africa
4/6 person cabin: 8,090 EUR
2 person cabin: 9,180 EUR
Sail Across the Atlantic Cape to Cape via Antarctica
- Trip code: AWA235
- Dates: 3 March – 23 April 2018
- Start: Ushuaia, Argentina
- Finish: Cape Town, South Africa
- Length: 52 Days
- Fare: from EUR 8,090
- Adventure: epic transatlantic ocean sailing, Antarctica expedition, navigate and crew the ship