Thursday, 26 February 2015
26.02.2015 - 26.02.2015
We woke to find the ship fighting strong winds and currents under an overcast sky. No significant sunrise event and with temperatures around 7 °C I didn't spend much time on the open deck. As we had our breakfast we worked out our schedule for the day. The 'Rounding of the Horn' was scheduled for 1630 and should last just over an hour.
By the time we'd attended the Destination Presentation on Punta Arenas there was an announcement from the bridge that due to the severe weather our arrival at Cape Horn had been delayed to some time after 1700. I stayed for another 'security' lecture by Peter LaSorsa during which he reminded us of the type of 'electronic signature' we created whenever we used our smart phone for any of the many transactions the apps have enabled.
Just before attending the Future Cruises presentation the latest message from the bridge revised the expectation of our visit to Cape Horn. Worsening weather would delay our expected arrival to about 1800 and sailing around the island was now most unlikely.
Most of the exposed decks were closed due to the high wind across the deck. The ship was also rocking and pitching under the combined influences of the wind and the waves. We spent some time in the cabin and at 1600 I got up and covered in multiple layers made my way to deck 19 Aft. There were a number of other hardy individuals and we managed to retain our footing in the buffeting winds but only by hanging onto the rails.
Almost precisely on schedule we approached Horn Island and were able to snatch some reasonable images. At times the Westerly blasts almost knocked the camera out of my hands. After a while the ship made a 180° turn and we sat in the lee of the island while we soaked up the experience. It is an experience that few of us are likely to repeat and the issue of a 'Certificate' will be a life-long reminder of the day. The sea in this area is influenced by the Pacific Ocean to the West, the Atlantic Ocean from the East and the Great Southern Ocean from the South. The wind howls from the West having an uninterrupted passage around the world.
We returned to the cabin and stripped off many layers of clothes before proceeding to the Theatre to be entertained by Greg Schlotthauer again. After the show we had a quick meal in the Horizon Court. Many styles of german sausage and both red cabbage and sauerkraut, perfect for a cold night.
We are now sailing West in the Beagle Channel as we make our way to Ushuaia.
There is a written warning of unstable Internet Connectivity so will have to hold off until things get better.
If you want to look at what I've been up to you can view my latest photo by following this link to the image for Today
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony