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Carnet de voyage : Antarctique

Cape Horn / Beagle Channel - Saturday, January 8, 2005

Long: 56° 59 S
Lat: 66° 57 W
Temp: 11 °C
Water Temp: 10 °C
Wind: 6 Knts
Wind Direction: NW


Photo ci contre : Macaroni Penguins (by Colin Baird)

Our calm Drake crossing ended in the early hours as we approached Cape Horn. The near hurricane force winds made progress difficult. It may have been nicer to see Cape Horn in calmer weather but this was the infamous cape in its customary mood. The Chilean Navy official stationed at Cape Horn warned us not to proceed inside the twelve-mile limit because of safety as much as anything else. Once we rounded the cape and were in the lee of South America, the conditions became much better. Ian started the programme off with a talk about the Antarctic Treaty System, the impacts of tourism, and the fragile nature of Antarctica's future as a pristine wilderness. This was followed by Brad leading a re-cap of the entire trip and briefing about our disembarkation in Ushuaia. After lunch, Ken gave a talk about the dangers of albatross extinction from the effects of long-line fishing practices. Kennan and Karen showed another of their amazing films from what must be a vast collection. The Captain held a farewell cocktail as we sailed into the Beagle and out of the south. The Deep South will always be with us however. We encourage everyone to keep Antarctica a part of their lives always. The people who visit Antarctica may be the continent's best hope for its pristine survival, as they become advocates and emissaries. This will be no small task but as the Antarctic explorer and Great War hero Apsley Cherry-Garrard wrote, "Talk of ex-soldiers, give me ex-Antarctics. Unsoured and with their ideals intact they could sweep the world." After our expedition, we are all "ex-Antarctics", a very rare and privileged class of person indeed.

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