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Date: 31 Jan 2012 03:09:06
Title: Antarctic Photos 13 – The Triump hal Return

Antarctic Photos 13 – The Triumphal Return

 

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The last big iceberg on our way through the Melchior Islands heading north

 

 

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Yet another unmanned Argentine base in the Melchior Islands

 

 

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Whilst we had 45 knots of wind rounding Cape Horn, the worst winds were when we anchored round the back of the Horn at Caleta Martial – here the instrument is showing 55 knots – but look how warm and inviting the water temperature is now we are out of Antarctica!

 

 

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Pete cuts away the kelp from the anchor

 

 

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Once at Puerto Williams we felt able to toast the end our Antarctic cruise with champagne

 

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Mina2 tied up along side the Micalvi, southernmost yacht club in the world , whose bar serves the strongest pisco sours in the world

 

 

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Our RCC burgee gets stapled to the wall of the bar

 

 

 

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… but after the celebrations and three pisco sours, one of us has difficulty in standing

 

 

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But the cobwebs are blown away the following morning by a demanding hike up Cerro Bandera – this is the view of the yachts in Puerto Williams at the start of the climb …

 

 

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 …affording a 100 mile panorama of the Beagle Channel when we got as far as the bandera …

 

 

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… and the most stunning view when we reached the 960 metre peak

 

 

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and as we left we were joined by a couple of condors

 

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As we approach our final destination – the quay at Ushuaia - we are greeted by the DS, Selina and our friend Susan

 

 

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End of cruise group shot. Job done.


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