Friday, 13 January 2012
Land in sight!!
Today we woke up to a deja vue. Wind and swell increased about 6 o’clock and during the breakfast we had a sea stage up to 7 in Beaufort scale.
At 13:27 land was spotted! Famous Cape Horn was in sight. Half an hour later we were cruising in front of that cape, hated by sailors. Many sailors lost their lives while trying to round it. We approached the Cape Horn from the west – the Pacific Ocean, and after we crossed its meridian, we were in the Atlantic Ocean.
Captains farewell was a welcome change of pace, with cocktails in hand. The cocktails relaxed us for the upcoming auction, including the Hurtigruten flag, voyage chart and chef engineer’s jacket. All the money from the auction went to “Save the Albatross” program.
At night we’ll enter Beagle Channel, and tomorrow at 6 am, we will be in Ushuaia. As we turn our hands to pack our bags, we reluctantly acknowledge that this amazing journey to a fragile environment is coming to an end, whilst we continue to assess how we have been touched by the frozen continent.