Yippie – the Drake-Passage is behind us! Last night, we sailed between Smith and Snow Islands into Bransfield Strait. Not that life was much better there. Wind force 6-7 directly on the nose – of course. So we went for Deception Island, the nearest shelter available. Windy, but protected from the big waves of the open sea. Yes, windy! Up to a good 40 knots (that is where force 9 starts).
Gallery – Deception Island – 21 January 2018
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So it was really great to be an a small sailing boat that can enter a small bay such as Stancomb Cove and drop anchor there in perfect shelter. We could enjoy a good meal together and a lovely hike in the moon-like volcanic landscape. It was pretty wild, with horizontal snowfall and low clouds above the dark, completely barren land. Stunning.
And now, in the evening, good spirits on board. A good meal, a nice glass with it. The ship well sheltered at anchor. See what tomorrow brings!