Rounding Diego Ramirez

Direct From Onboard:

Attached is a picture of the Diego Ramirez group of islands taken as we passed 11 miles south of them soon after sunrise on a typically grey morning.  From this distance it is difficult to distinguish the fact that there are several islands and islets in the picture but the closest island, on the left, is Isla Gonzalo.  Directly behind it, and appearing as one, is Isla Bartolome, and to the right is Ester Islet.

Bird life has increased dramatically, with three or four types of Albatross being spotted in the last hour, along with Cape petrels, Storm-petrels and several other species.

The wind went very light for a time at sunrise but in the last hour it has been blowing 15 – 20 knots from WSW so we are making better speed under main and A4.  The sea is quite churned up as we approach the shallower waters of the continental shelf, so that is restricting our speed a bit.

It is still squally and just over 5 degrees now though the water temperature has suddenly shot up to nearly 10 degrees!

10 Responses to Rounding Diego Ramirez

  1. di February 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    First land for a long time! Rounding the Horn soon!!!! Such an achievement – so exciting – will keep looking all today and tonight. Hope you see it and savour the view and get all the pictures – such an epic moment!!

  2. Trish February 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Hey Guys – Awsome acheivement! All the very best of good fortune in rounding the Horn – Phillipa I hope Nick buys you the obligatory gold earing Lots of love Tx

  3. Dad February 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Very exciting. At 15h00 GMT you look to have 60-90 min sailing to the line. Mum will start to relax once you have turned finally northwards!. Your view of the lighthouse reminded me of that evening siting of the distant Luderitz light some years ago – and that was after only 3 or 4 days at sea.

  4. Len Davies February 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    The bloody suspense is near killing me! I can imagine how the respective family must be feeling! Go man, go! Smeer die vet!

  5. Barbi Rickard February 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    20.38 in CT. Looks you are ON THE LINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAH…

    SO EXCITING! Hope you can see the Horn!

  6. Barbi Rickard February 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    I have my Google panoramic view on the computer, I can see the Horn, can YOU???????

  7. Ziggs February 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    terra-firma….now that’s what I’m talking about

  8. Natassia February 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    We love you lots and send you our best wishes! Oh, and Happy Birthday for the other day!

  9. Barbi Rickard February 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    I didn’t dare to hope that you would do that. Sailing ‘up the line’ takes on a new meaning. How cheeky is that….. Fantastic, why not??? It’s one way to fly your spinnaker with the Horn as a backdrop. I hope that’s what your photo will show. As we carry on with our lives here onshore you guys are doing something mega amazing. WELL DONE!!!

  10. Hansulrich Hammig February 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm #


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