Antarctica 2017- 2018

P15-P16-P17 Antarctica trips
Expeditions to Antarctica

In 2017-2018 the Anne-Margaretha will sail for its fourth season to Antarctica!
We enjoyed the trips in 2007-2008, 2009-2010 and in 2014-2015 so much that we’ve decided to explore this magnificent continent again. These will be adventurous trips again with the Anne-Margaretha!
Our sailing vessel has space for 10 guests, who stay in comfortable, heated 2-persons cabins.
Because of the max. of 15 persons on this trips we have the possibility to listen as much as possible to the individual wishes of our guests. (Everything of course depends on weather, wind and ice!)
On every trip we will have a guide who can give us a lot of extra information about wildlife and the fragility of the nature there.

Good health needed!

Because of the lack of any medical aid, the trips to Antarctica have an adventurous character. Your health must be good!
During the trip over the Drake Passage, you will be on watch with a skilled watchleader. You have 4 hours watch and 8 hours free. It’s no need to have experience with sailing: we can teach you all you like.
During the days before Antarctica we will give you a lot of extra information about this continent

No waiting times.

During our stay on Antarctica we will have the most possible landings ashore.
Our day-program itinerary depends on the weather or drifting ice, this force us to change so..!
With our 2 dinghies we can explore all places with the whole group; so no waiting times!

We like to share sailing with other people. Our guests are a part of the on-board team, a caring community of experienced and novice sailors who learn navigation, steering, setting sails etc. to the extent they wish. We expect a helping hand in the kitchen now and then as we prepare our tasty meals together. We may even catch our own fish!
We often sail day and night, so you will participate in the beauty of night sailing as well.
The most important thing will be that you’ll make a once-in-a-lifetime sailing trip with the Anne-Margaretha you never will want to forget.

Schedule Antarctica Trips.

Here we give a possible timetable of our trips. Since we are dependent on wind, weather and drift ice, it can be that the program will be different! It’s the responsibility of the captain when and where we can go and make landings!

Day 1 – Board the Anne-Margaretha in Ushuaia (Arg.)
Day 2 – Along the coast of Tierra del Fuego to hacienda Harberton (Beagle Channel)
Days 3-6 – Sea trip to Antarctica: crossing the Drake Passage
Day 7 – South Shetland Islands: Half moon Bay, (Chintrap, Adélies p., sea lions etc.)
Day 8 – South Shetland Islands: Yankee Harbour, (gentoos, elephant seals)
Day 9 – Deception Island (Volcanic area, warm water bath!)
Day 10 – To the shore of Antarctica, Trinity Island
Day 11 – Via Strait Gerlach to Cuverville Island (gentoo rookeries!), Chilean base visit
Day 12 – Paradise Harbour (Blue-eyed shags)
Day 13 – Wiencke Island, Port Lockroy (British Base)
Day 14 – Lemaire Channel, Petermann Island (Adélie penguins)
Day 15 – More south until the pack-ice (Vernatski?)
Days 16-20 – Along Brabant Island, Melchior islands to Drake Passage, direction of Cape Horn
Day 21 – Visit Cape Horn if possible with the weather, to Puerto Torro (Chilean most southern place)
Day 22 – Puerto Torro
Day 23 – Tierra del Fuego along to Puerto Williams to clear in and out Chile
Day 24 – Sailing trip today (with good weather/wind and permission of the Chilean armada..!) to Ushuaia, to yacht harbour Afasin. If the wind is too strong, we have to wait until we get the permission on Day 25(!)
Day 25 – Arriving in Ushuaia and last morning on the Anne-Margaretha and the end of this expedition at 12.00 pm

!!Sailing is always dealing with weather and wind. Be sure that you’ll book your flight home not too early: better stay 1 more day in Ushuaia in one of the pleasant hostels there and fly the next day!!


Recommended packing list
We are sailing in Antarctica during the Antarctic summer. So the temperature will be around + 2 and -6 degrees. Still if the wind is chill and there is snow, it’s rather cold.

Besides the normal things, take with you:

  • Warm, waterproof clothes. We recommend thermal underwear (polypropylene or wool), fleece or wool sweaters
  • Rubber boots (needed for landings!) Don’t take too tight boots. You’ll need to wear 2 pairs of socks underneath. Simple boots with a shaft of at least 28 cm high and soft non-slippery soles will be fine! (Sailing boots usually don’t offer enough grip ashore in the snow, ice and mud….)
  • 2 Pairs of waterproof (!) gloves, scarves, and hats (enough) clothes for cold weather (hardly possibile to wash clothes..!)
  • Warm socks ( synthetic blend or wool)
  • Swimwear (we can possibly take a thermal bath at Deception Island!)
  • Sunglasses
  • Light shoes for in the ship
  • CD’s /other music, as you wish
  • A cord for your glasses
  • Towels
  • Sleeping bag and sheet, (You can rent bed linen for € 15 for the whole trip. Please email us.) On each bed is a pillow + pillowcase.
  • Medicines, if necessary (against sea sickness)
  • Passport, valid at least 6 months after entering Argentina (extra photocopies in your luggage)
  • eventual: visa for Argentina ánd Chile
  • Day-rucksack for landings
  • (Copy) of your medical and travel insurance
  • Camera with enough memory (You will take more pictures than you ever have before!!)
  • Binoculars

Please use a strong weekend bag or Duffle bag (no (hard) suitcases!! We don’t have space)
Be sure that your luggage is well labelled with your name and destination (Sailing Vessel Anne-Margaretha, Ushuaia and phone number of the ship (TBA) on the outside and also a paper inside with all your details!
You may charge your batteries on board: every cabin has a double socket

All safety equipment is provided (including life jackets for adults)

Just the days on the Drake Passage can be rough. Some people can become seasick. In the sheltered Antarctic waters it’s always calm, so no one will suffer of seasickness. After a day, most people will get used to the motion of the ship.
Still if you fear that you might be seasick you can take anti-seasickness pills. Buy them at home, before leaving! Cinerazine and Primatour are the most used, but ask your pharmacist.
We will give you some tips against seasickness with the last information that we send you some weeks before departure.

Check for more impressions our photo album: Antarctica

Antarctica trip 1: 18 December 2017- 11 January 2018 (Booked up!)
Antarctica trip 2: 15 January- 8 February 2018 ( Booked up!/Under charter)
Antarctica trip 3: 12 February- 8 March 2018 (Booked up!)

Days: 25
Miles: 1650
Incl.: all meals and landings
Excl.: transfers, (alc.) beverages on board


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