A rare opportunity to join a 53 day Cape to Cape Sailing voyage visiting Cape Horn, the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and Tristan da Cuna before finishing in gorgeous Cape Town, South Africa. The kind of sailing trip dreams are made of!
**NOTE THIS VOYAGE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE WAITING LIST PLEASE MAKE AN ENQUIRY.**
Embarking at Punta Arenas for your Cape to Cape voyage, during the first few days you’ll get used to how the ship sails and make a visit to the small port of Puerto Williams, one of the southern most towns in the world. No sailing experience is needed to join this voyage and the ship’s crew will show you all you need to know to become and active part of the team. In no time you’ll be setting sails, on look out and helming the ship as you voyage towards the great white continent.
If the wind and weather is kind the ship will hopefully make a stop at the infamous Cape Horn, before setting of across the Drake Passage. This channel of water is known to be one of the roughest and trickiest to cross but your efforts will be well rewarded once you arrive at the Antarctic peninsula. Your Antarctica tall ship journey will take in the sights of this great wilderness from Half-moon bay to Paradise harbour and Port Lockroy. During your stay on the Antarctic Peninsula its likely the ship will be in company of Humpback whales, Fin Whales, Minkey whales and you’re likely to see many of the continents other visitors including penguins and a great variety of seals.
Next stop is South Georgia, an island previously home to many whaling factories but now likeAntarctica, highly protected and full of magnificent fauna and flora. You might spot Elephant seals on the beach and South Georgia supports many sea birds, including albatross, a large colony of king penguins, Macaroni penguins and penguins of various other species, along with petrels, prions, shags, skuas, gulls and terns.
From south Georgia cross the South Atlantic ocean with one more possible stop before Cape Town South Africa, at the Island of Tristan da Cuna, a tiny dot in the middle of the ocean but again home to a plethora of fascinating plants, birds and mammals.
Your tall ship was once a fishing vessel that roamed the North Sea as sailors filled the hull with herring. She was built in 1915 with no engine or means of propulsion other than her sails. After some decades of neglect, she was restored in 1985 and eventually purchased by the tour operators. Their dream has been to take care of this historic vessel and expose new sailors to the delights of life at sea and what more exciting a voyage to join her on than a trip to Antarctica!
Why We Love This Adventure
- Make a stop at the infamous Cape Horn
- Explore the wilderness and wildlife of the Antarctic peninsula
- Sail a beautiful traditional tall ship where you are the crew
Antarctica, the southernmost continent and site of the South Pole, is a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass. This voyage visits the Antarctic Peninsula, which stretches toward South America and includes the Lemaire Channel and Paradise Harbor, striking, iceberg-flanked passageways, and Port Lockroy, a former British research station turned museum. The peninsula’s isolated terrain also shelters rich wildlife, including many penguins.
Punta Arenas - Puerto Williams - Cape Horn - Drake Passage - Antarctic Peninsula - South Georgia - Tristan da Cuna - Cape Town
Price15 - 25 years old: € 8,454 EUR / Over 25 years old: € 9,360 EUR
- Accommodation and food
- One bunk per booking in a two person room
- Coffee and tea
- Blanket, sheets, pillow and covers
- 3-4 crew members guiding the group
What's Not included
- Soft and alcoholic drinks (during sailing no alcohol will be served)
- Paid excursions ashore
- Transfer to and from the vessel
- Visa if needed
- You cannot wash clothes on board
Trip Duration53 days
Start LocationFakland Islands
End LocationPunta Arenas
There are 6 cabins, each for 2 persons. The cabins are situated in the middle of the ship, which makes them as stable as possible.
Your bunk is inside one of the two person cabins. Your bed will be either the high or the lower bed of a bedbunk. All beds are over 80cm wide and 2 meters long. Each bed has a reading light for the evening hours. The cabins are ensuite. In a wet cell you will find a shower, of course with hot and cold water, and a toilet, that when possible flushes with outside water. In the cabin itself you will find a fountain and mirror. Your clothing can be stored in closet and your bag or suitcase can be stored under the bed.
Setting sail on this ship is a beautiful challenge. This lady that is over 100 years old has two masts, 6 sails and some heavy spars that need to go up. The crew has worked on her rigging for years to perfect her sailing qualities. She can sail close hauled or down wind, she can sail in very light weather and she handles well in rough weather.
Before and during your voyage the crew will instruct you on procedures on board. Safety on board will be explained before setting sail and sailing will be explained during the trip. You will help setting all the sails, you can help steering and mostly you can be part of this adventure by truly experiencing the elements, enjoying yourself and having the best time in the world.
We set up a plan with trips every winter. We plan around events and races and set out our program where people can book individually, but also as a group.
The ship can take on 16 people (including crew) and can be sailed with a group as small as 8 or even 4 people. We sail with families, companies, groups of friends and we do some work with special projects.
Dates & Availability
- 01 Feb 2020 – 24 Mar 2020
An old Herring drifter (Logger) built in 1915, the ship is 28 meters long over deck (38 meters overall) and takes 16 trainees on her voyages. No previous sailing experience is needed and experienced and new sailors love her equally.
A family of four professional sailors have owned and run this vessel since 2006 and sail her with true passion. Built for the North Sea she’s a fast sailor and her rigging is as traditional as it gets.
We love that the boat’s appearance is kept as traditional as possible yet combined with modern techniques and equipment. Everyone on board is part of the informal sail training program that is designed to get the best out of everyone whether you join for 2 days or a longer ocean crossing.
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