Sailing to the Antarctic

Tripoto
30th Nov 2015

Gentoo Pair

Photo of Sailing to the Antarctic by Priscilla Patrick

The Humpback Fluke

Photo of Sailing to the Antarctic by Priscilla Patrick

The Weddell Wave

Photo of Sailing to the Antarctic by Priscilla Patrick

Penguin Traffic on Deception Island.

Photo of Sailing to the Antarctic by Priscilla Patrick

The Antarctic Reflection

Photo of Sailing to the Antarctic by Priscilla Patrick

Sailing the unforgiving Drake passage and staying tilted and nearly submerged by 45 degree winds...for 5 days, really takes you to an un-ventured part of your mind. Every day of those of 5 days, you would either look forward to falling asleep or dread doing so...simply because of the dreams you start having. Twas amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed staying disconnected with 'my world' and spending 21 days with 8 other humans from other continents. The expedition was treacherously satisfying. When we finally made it to the peninsula of the Antarctic, we made at least 2 landings from our sailboat everyday, had BBQs on some days, endless amount of wine for the trip, 24 hour daylight for most of the time and I learnt a lot about Sir Ernest Shackleton and what he experienced on his expeditions.

On many days you end up either going "Tsk tsk tsk" or "OMG.. what a view or what a moment". On other days I remember tearing silently in shock with everything I was looking at. I would thank god for my limbs and 6 senses repeatedly and sometimes I'd battle to keep my eyes open simply cause I didn't want to miss anything..lol. Spectacular and Epic is how I would sum it up. 

And You should explore the Antarctic if you haven't. It is after all, part of your planet :)

There's more than 200k Chinstrap Penguins here.

Penguin Traffic on Deception Island.

Photo of Deception Island, Antarctica by Priscilla Patrick
Wait patiently for the whales. We played classical music on the boat and they started breaching.

The Humpback Fluke

Photo of Melchior Islands, Antarctica by Priscilla Patrick

The Antarctic Reflection

Photo of Melchior Islands, Melchior Islands, Antarctica by Priscilla Patrick

The Weddell Wave

Photo of Neko Harbor, Antarctica by Priscilla Patrick
The Gentoo Penguins and the Elephant Seals share this place.

Gentoo Pair

Photo of South Shetland Islands, Antarctica by Priscilla Patrick
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