Few places on Earth have a reputation as forbidding as Cape Horn.
Over the centuries, the seas around this remote speck of land have claimed thousands of sailors’ lives (a topic also discussed in last week’s post, The Albatross At The End Of The World).
Unsurprisingly, although we were looking forward to our visit to this infamous location, we did so with a certain amount of apprehension. We weren’t concerned for our safety, just whether or not we were going to be able to hold on to our previous evening’s meal, if you know what I mean.
That said, conditions were pretty unsettled for the time of year. I took a mental note of the wind and sea conditions at the time, but failed to write them down (schoolboy error!).
We approached the Horn from the ‘relative’ calm of the Atlantic Ocean. The plan was to sail around the southern tip of Islas Hornos into the Pacific, before turning around and heading back east towards the Falkland Islands.
As it turned out, the captain decided conditions were severe enough that he didn’t want to risk taking us out of the shelter of the lee side of the island. Apparently things get much rough very quickly on the Pacific, windward side.
Which means we didn’t get to actually ‘Round the Horn’, as they say.
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