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On the lookout for land
8 February 2006    
Day 4 at sea....(always wanted to say that), we are all still holding up, but signs that we are fast approaching our destination are becoming more apparent. At night inside our rooms, heavy condensation from the low temperature outside begins to run down the walls. Sitting outside is not such a pleasant proposition as icy spray comes over the cockpit, and ice forms in the rigging here and there.

According to our maps, and our gps, we should be making landfall sometime later this evening. Then the real fun begins! We then need to try and find a suitably sheltered cove to anchor, then switch gears and start sorting skis and climbing equipment for the ride in the little zodiac boats to the shore!

When I stop and think about where we are and what we are about to do, in an age where most exploration is neatly packaged, we are about to journey to the end of the earth. The old maps used to say for uncharted corners, "there be dragons". Its time to go pay them a visit.

Luis and crew

Previous Dispatches
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Raise the head sail....    7 February 2006
As I sit here in the bridge with the laptop, sat phone and digital camera some of the crew are raising the Head Sail. Luis is throwing potato peel over the edge, having peeled a whole bunch for dinner

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Drake Passage    6 February 2006
At sunset last night we motored out of the Beagle Channel and into the notorious Drake Passage, the Mt Everest of the world's ocean voyages. Dolphins cavorted alongside us and the odd lonely albat

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Setting sail    5 February 2006
We are underway! Port, Aft, Starboard, these are a few of the terms we have been learning today as novice sailors. Everyone is getting settled in and the buzz in the air from finally being underway is

Later dispatches -