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Sailing Around Cape Horn

The Extreme Southern Tip of South America

Before the construction of the Panama Canal, the only way for ships to cross between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans was to brave the southern ocean. Cape Horn is the most extreme southern tip of Chile and the seas there as as rough today as they were hundreds of years ago. Sailing around the 'Horn is considered by some to be the Mount Everest of sailing. We not only rounded the 'Horn but were able to make a landing on the island.

The waters around Cape Horn are known for being rough and dangerous..Not to mention my weakness for seasickness.
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Horn Island and the Albatross statue which is a monument to the countless sailors who have lost their lives sailing in the area.
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Greg at the helm and one of many visitors we had.
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The journey was made aboard the sailboat Northanger which is a 54 foot, steel hulled expedition sailboat that has been to Antarctica many times.
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It is so consistently windy that many of the trees grow at an angle from the never ending force of the wind. Also, a view of Puerto Williams, Chile.
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There are an estimated 800 shipwrecks near Cape Horn. The one above was carrying a shipment of bibles when it ran aground.
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