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Part 1 of Sailing in Tierra del Fuego

Story by Greg Annandale April 30th, 2016

A sailing EXPEDITION around Cape Horn & the Beagle Channel, Part 1

Mid-March 2016 I reconvened with the crew at Vertical Shot Expeditions for a reconnaissance trip in Patagonia; much like 2014’s sailing expedition around Lofoten & Senja, Norway (see previous story), the plan was to head off for two weeks and explore. Our ship was the expedition yacht Selma, a steel-hulled ketch, more than capable of handling the notorious waters and unpredictable weather typical of Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel.

Post-sailing, I spent a week trekking around the Dientes de Navarino; a 5-day route through the mountainous island of Navarino at the very southern tip of Chile.

Peak Design were kind enough to support Alex Buisse and I on the trip, providing us with gear which proved invaluable; the Slide straps & Capture Clips ensuring our cameras were always at the ready, along with the Shell covers keeping the salt spray off the bodies & lenses.

This post is in three parts (view part 2 & part 3).


Leaving the port of Ushuaia

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Rounding the cape

It got decidedly more choppy.

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Sails up

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An elevated viewpoint

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Unpredictable weather

Snowstorm, to sun, back to snowstorm…

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A Sea Lion colony

Also containing a single rogue elephant seal.

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Trekking in the wilderness

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Where glaciers touch the sea

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Wild clouds & Light

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On to part 2…

Footnote: Shot with Nikon D800, D600 and Sony RX100 III. All photos copyright Greg Annandale.
Tierra del Fuego Province, Chile