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For a sailor this was the trip of a lifetime!
Rounding Cape Horn in 43
to 65 knot winds and 8 to 10 meter seas is an experience that is truly
rare. The photos on were
taken in April, 2001 by my daughter, Tiffany Hanson, and me.
Tiffany thought the scenery was spectacular, but felt that a
trip around Cape Horn should be only for men. Her reasoning was that
women weren't dumb enough to do something like this if they had another
option -- any other option! Tiffany likes a hot bath with a shampoo at least
once a day. (Sissy!)
Last updated on:
Tuesday December 15, 2009 10:30:27 PM
William K. Spence, etc.
Photo taken ~08-27-07 at The Glenlivet Gathering in
Cape Horn! The Beagle Channel! The Glenlivet! Scotland!
The Old Course! Sharing life with friends! Reaching a few lifetime
goals! Does it get any better? Life is always good, sometimes great -- but
it's not always easy. Life is made from one experience at a time. Make
good ones that your grandchildren will love to hear.
The Archipelago from the Beagle Channel south to Cape Horn is spectacular! The isolation is profound! For days you
will see scenery like the photos posted here. No people! No boats! No
buildings! No lights! No cars! Nothing that wasn't here in the last
This is not just a visual experience, it's a
experience. It is vast, stark, rugged, and beautiful! A few pictures
can't do justice to the colors, contrasts, mountains, ruggedness, and raw
beauty of this area.
The photo on the
right, taken from atop Hermite Island, captured a rare moment when
the sun peeped through the clouds. Down here,
weather rules. Respect the weather! Within an hour after this photo was taken it was snowing
granular snow and the wind was blowing about 40 knots.
We can talk about strong winds and big seas, but until I experienced the
fury and force of the wind and seas in this area, it was an abstract
In my sailing experiences aboard my own boat, I've been caught in one extended storm
(36 hours) and beaten up by several squalls
while on the open sea. However,
the weather down here is another story. There's a wind demon behind
every mountain and island, waiting to kick the crap out of anyone
or anything. The wind can be 5 knots one minute and 70 knots the next
As the wind
increases from 30 to 40 to 50 to 60 knots, the increase in force is
At 50 knots, rain can be painful and it becomes impossible to hear anything
but wind and rain. At 60 knots, wind is a weapon!
Although I experienced pretty good winds in Hurricane Betsy in New
Orleans in 1967 (up to 115 mph), I wasn't in a sailboat -- just trapped in a hotel. When
you're in a sailboat, you can't just say, "OK, time out! Let's go
inside and wait until this blows over." Well, maybe you could
"say" it, but doing it would be a real trick!
The Beagle Channel --
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glacier calving into the channel.
of the calves don't move when they're bumped.
small chapel at Cape Horn is simple and immaculate.
a prayer here for the sailors who died while trying to round Cape Horn.
It's an experience you will not forget. Photo by Tiffany Hanson.
Looking NNW from atop Hermit Island, Chile. We're
20 miles WNW of Cape Horn. April
(except where noted) by:
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While waiting for reasonable weather before attempting to sail
around Cape Horn, we climbed to the top of Hermit Island, which is NW of
Cape Horn and belongs to Chile -- as does everything south
of the Beagle Channel. While there, we took several photos as the
weather system moved in. Not long after this photo was taken, it began
to snow. Winds at this elevation, approximately1,550 ft, gusted up to
about 40 knots while we were here.
west from the top of Will Spence mountain.
clouds are being reflected from the surface of the Tres Manos fjord. We
turned from the Channel into this fjord and anchored in a beautiful
AM THE ALBATROSS THAT AWAITS YOU
AT THE END OF THE WORLD.
I AM THE FORGOTTEN SOULS OF THE DEAD MARINERS
THAT ROUNDED CAPE HORN
FROM ALL THE SEAS OF THE EARTH.
BUT THEY DIDN'T DIE
IN THE FURIOUS WAVES,
TODAY THEY FLY ON MY WINGS,
ON THE LAST CREVICE
OF THE ANTARCTIC WINDS.
Marble monument on the trail to the steel albatross on
& translation by Tiffany Hanson: April 29, 2001
the light house on Cape Horn is no longer used.
by Tiffany Hanson: April 29, 2001
beauty of the Beagle Channel.
we will anchor behind the low island ahead. There, we will go ashore and
cook huge, delicious steaks over a blazing fire as we drink
wonderful red Merlot from Argentina. As we marvel at the scenery, we hear sharp
cracking sounds as
the glacier calves. This is a MOST EXCELLENT adventure! Life is good!