Monthly Archives: February 2013

Arrival

Tuesday,26 February At 6:20 am today Xplore passed Cape Horn, 70 hours after leaving Eta Island, Antarctica. A moonlight night had brought up the famous headland, which grew in size as a clear dawn revealed the mass on which sits … Continue reading

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Mid paasage across the Drake

Sunday 24 February After lifting anchor and stowing Xplore’s Antarctic gear of heavy mooring lines , the Zodiac dinghy and the anchor below deck, we set course yesterday morning north, north west for Cape Horn, about 580 miles as an … Continue reading

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Last day in Antarctica

Friday, 22 February Tomorrow we head north across Drake’s Passage toward Ushuaia. Today has been our last, absorbing the sights and sounds of Antarctica. On beaches and headlands we have seen more than twenty seals, stately Weddell’s and frisky Fur … Continue reading

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Whales, whales…

Thursday,21 February A hope in coming to Antarctica is to see whales. Some seasons are good , others not so; this year is exceptional. On our way north through the brash ice and small bergs which filled the Neumayer Channel … Continue reading

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Fun in the south

Wednesday, 20 February Sharp, clear blue skies shone over Port Lockroy all day. We visited the British hut on Goodie Island before going by Zodiac to Dorian Bay to see another hut under restoration, which in the 1970s supported ski … Continue reading

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Escape from Port Charcot

Tuesday,19 February Well, we thought that the challenge in leaving Port Charcot would be to squeeze between the encroaching ice bergs! What we hadn’t counted on was this hungry Leopard seal! They say pictures don’t lie: as you can see, … Continue reading

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Xplore embayed at Port Charcot

Early Monday morning found Xplore buffeted by stronger than expected winds from the north whipping up the sea and driving the swell, small bergs and brash into the cove in which we are moored. By dawn the entrance to the … Continue reading

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Ice Cave on Pleneau Island

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Saturday in Hovgaard

In the south we don’t have days off, but then every day can be dangerous or magical. The rapidity of change in the conditions means that often we experience both. We travel in relative luxury- a 67 feet steel hulled … Continue reading

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Hovgaard

Xplore has taken shelter at Hovgaard Island to ride out the forecast strong south westerly winds .In a break in the weather, our Dutch- US team of Ellen and Richard L attempted to reach the summit of the island , … Continue reading

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The Leopard- masters of sea, ice and land

Moored in our inlet on the west side of Galindez Island we have been treated to the power and playfulness of the leopard seal, equally impressive on land, ice flow and at sea. Massive and agile, the Leopard can be … Continue reading

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Emma

Emma, a Leopard Seal.

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Whispering with the seal

On Tuesday morning before leaving Detaille Island we had a last run ashore and saw no less than 17 seals dozing on the ice. Debbi, the first mate of Xplore, made special friends with this Weddell seal. No doubt he … Continue reading

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Arrival at Detaille Island

Today, Monday 11 February was special for Team Xplore- we crossed the line into the Antarctic Circle eleven days after leaving Ushuaia and broke new ground in mooring in an un-surveyed and potentially treacherous cove on Detaille Island. Mooring here … Continue reading

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Through Lemaire Strait to Mutton Cove Island

Early on Saturday 10 February we left our inlet mooring on Lautarro Island to push on south toward Mutton Cove Island, at 66 degrees south almost at the edge of the Antarctic Circle, beyond which in the austral summer the … Continue reading

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Mooring in Antarctica

Attached is a photo showing our mooring at Lautaro Island. Explore is moored with four lines, two from the bow and two the stern onto steel cables looped around rocks on the shore. These were placed by Stephen and Richard … Continue reading

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To Infinity and Beyond

Today Ellen and I went for a cruise in the Zodiac dingy to explore this part of Antarctica. We soon found a Celebrity Cruise Ship named Infinity. We approached close to the ship where hundreds of passengers stood along the … Continue reading

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Nature in the Raw

Picture is of a Killer Whale that passed under Xplore Under a cold and moody early morning sky we left Enterprise island heading south between Nansen and Brooklyn Islands toward the Antarctic Circle. This is an elemental place where majestic … Continue reading

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Enterprise Island

Another interesting and exciting day. We split into two groups ,to explore the lands and seas around Enterprise Island, where our ship Xplore is moored. The first group of Richard, Debbie and George headed east across the sound to seek … Continue reading

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In Antarctica

We have arrived in Antarctica! After four days and 700 nautical miles this morning we completed our voyage from Ushuaia eastwards along the Beagle Channel and then just east of south across Drake’s Passage to the Antarctic Peninsular . For … Continue reading

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Antarctica Tuesday?

We sailed out of Ushuaia Saturday morning. Dozens of Dolphins escorted us down the Beagle Channel. Julian took this picture. At this time we are are trying to make our best speed to the south running between two large low … Continue reading

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In Ushuaia Argentina

Seven of us are on board Xplore and waiting to go. The weather is not what we would like, so we will stay in port for now and probably leave Ushuaia after midnight.

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