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Cape Horn

Listed under Deserted Islands in Patagonia, Argentina.

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Cape Horn is in Chilean waters and the Navy maintains a station on the island where one family lives year around. There are few buildings – only a main station for the family, a chapel, and a lighthouse. For my entire Patagonia Cruise I had been looking forward to landing on Cape Horn and meeting the family who lived there to learn more about their unique and isolated life on this infamous island. After all – I had missed Cape Horn already as I was seasick in my cabin when arriving back from Antarctica. There was no way I was going to miss it this time!

Suddenly a noise comes over the speaker, the Captain greets us and delivers the news – “Due to the wind, there will be no landing allowed today. However you are encouraged to go above deck and view the Horn this morning before breakfast.” There was a collective sigh, the room felt heavy as everyone started to undo their life vests. Even in modern times the Horn continues to be a landmark of rejection and disappointment.

It was not guaranteed that we would land on Cape Horn. Landings take place only if the winds are below 30 knots and the ocean swell is mild enough for a surf landing in zodiacs. This morning on the Via Australis ship we were informed that the winds had increased throughout the morning as we anchored and were now at 45 knots therefore forcing us to remain on board and view the Cape and monument from a distance. We had been told that 30% of the time the conditions do not permit passengers to land, and unfortunately the odds were not in our favor today.

Read more about Sherry's trip on Ottsworld.

Written by  Sherry Ott.

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