Crossing the Drake Passage, Volume I

Location: The Drake Passage

We had a pretty easy day after rounding Cape Horn early in the morning. We both spent time in the hot tub.Later Rachel went to the casino, while Ryan atteneded a couple lectures and took a nap. In the evening we watched the stage show Boogie Wonderland. It was also formal night, so once again we classed the place up. Ryan put on his penguin suit and given the pictures below, who wore it better: Ryan or an actual penguin?

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The passage itself was not as rough as we feared it could be. The waves were about 6-8 ft tall but with some predictably strong winds. It’s not the worst seas we’ve been in, but far from the calm seas we had on our honeymoon. We’re still wearing motion sickness patches to be safe. The weather here is very curious… it seems to change every 5-10 minutes. It can be sunny one moment and rain, sleet, or snow the next. What precipitation we did get would evaporate or blow away soon thereafter. Pretty weird.

As of the time of this writing we are a little over half-way through the straight and below 60S. We are now sailing on the Southern Ocean. This is the third ocean we sailed on in the last 24 hours, and we have now visited all four oceans! Lastly this new region is also called the “Screaming Sixties” which are above 60S, are a known for the even more intense winds.

Tommorrow we finally reach the Antarctic Peninsula. We cruise along the Gerlach Straight and Schollaert Channel and stop at Paradise Bay. The last cruise saw lots of wildlife including penguins, whales and sea lions. We are really looking forward to it!

Today’s Weather: Mix of everything! 55 knot winds, High 44F Low 35F (at least that is what we were told)
Sunrise 6:39AM Sunset 8:48PM
Total Oceans Sailed Upon Today: 3, South Atlantic, South Pacific, Southern

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