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Spitsbergen, June 22

Yesterday the longest day! This day we had to celebrate in a special way! From the Magdalenafjord we sailed on to the north to the Smeerenburg fjord, where the Dutch had a doubtful past… (Too many whales cached in the 17th century!) Time was up for a polar bear… In the end Sylvia saw 2 […]

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Post, a crane and Gough

Sunday April 19, 2015 Gough (S.Atlantic Ocean) Temperature … It comes unexpectedly. Suddenly you become sweaty in bed and awaken, and go out seeking air, dressed as you were the last few months; you discover that the temperature has risen from 2 to 14 degrees Celsius. The north wind brings tropical air to us. They […]

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Farewell to Anne-Margaretha..!

From Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic on the Anne-Margaretha February-March 2015 Re-entry 11 March 2015, a day in Puerto Toro (Chile) (photo: little church of Puerto Toro) Puerto Toro is a small settlement of about 10 families. It was quiet. Not much happened. We spent a lovely day catching up with ourselves and going for […]

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Sally’s story (8): over the Drake Passage…

From Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic on the Anne-Margaretha February-March 2015 Tuesday 10 March 2015 Crossing the Drake Crossing the Drake on the way down to Antarctica had been a baptism of fire for most on board. Many had missed the action, being confined to their bunks for the first three days. There were few […]

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Last day on the Melchior Islands

From Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic on the Anne-Margaretha February-March 2015 Thursday 5. March 2015 The Melchoir Islands (photo: Anne-Margaretha at the Melchior Islands) Not wanting to waste any of our last hours on the Antarctic Peninsula, we set off in the dinghies soon after breakfast to explore the cluster of Islands. The islands themselves […]

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Last days in Antarctica with Sally on Anne-Margaretha

From Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic on the Anne-Margaretha February-March 2015 6 March 2015 Port Lockroy,” Penguins Postoffice” We arrived in Port Lockroy around ten at night and it was dark and damp. One anchor was set and it held firmly, no need for lines ashore or a second anchor in this sheltered harbour, but […]

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Sally on Anne-Margaretha (part 4)

From Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic on the Anne-Margaretha February-March 2015 27 January 2015: South to Enterprise Island! Leaving Deception Island The generator woke us at 4am as the crew started to retrieve the two anchors which had held us securely in Telefon Bay when it was blowing and snowing. Our little world was transformed […]

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Sally on Antarctica (3)

From Sally (3): Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic on the Anne-Margaretha February-March 2015 A Day in Telefon Bay! (photo: Pedulum Cove 2nd Antarctica group) Today is Wednesday 25th February and our 7th day at sea. The weather looked benign, nearly sunny with little wind but there was a storm forecast so we were staying at […]

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Sally continues her adventures on the Anne-Margaretha!

From Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic on the Anne-Margaretha February-March 2015 24 February 2015, Land Ahoy! Storm sail down, fok up and we are motor-sailing with the wind down to 10 to 20 knots. We were hove to (stalled with the jib backed) for a short while last night but as the seas calmed down […]

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Sally meets the Drake Passage on the Anne-Margaretha!

  From Ushuaia, Argentina to the Antarctic on the Anne-Margaretha February-March 2015 Crossing the Beagle Channel It started to become real when we loaded our gear into the taxi in Ushuaia, and headed to the old port in the harbour to board Anne-Margaretha, our home for the next 25 days. We are Sally and Alan […]

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