"The scenery was amazing and so vast and we saw wildlife such as three different types of penguin, humpback whales every day, killer whales and numerous sea birds -I even saw a wandering albatross when we were going through the Drake Passage
in 12 metre waves on our return leg.
As the Antarctic expedition vessel, Silver Cloud, with 200 guests ploughs its way, the Drake Passage
lives up to its unforgiving reputation.
Those who take cruises across Drake Passage
to polar destinations are looking at 50,000-200,000 yuan, while those who take planes from Chile or Argentina before switching to cruises on the Antarctic Peninsula would likely have to pay 120,000-160,000 yuan.
Deployed in 2011 as part of an expedition led by Dr Miguel Morales Maqueda, then a research officer at NOC and now a senior lecturer in oceanography at Newcastle University, the deep-sea lander was dropped in the northern Drake Passage
, a narrow section of the ocean between South America and Antarctica.
Far left, a map showing Drake Passage
and Tasmania, above, The deep ocean measuring equipment which washed up on a beach in Tasmania, and below, Dr Miguel Morales Maqueda, centre, with Alethea Mountford and Liam Rogerson
Two years ago, when trained in Ireland by John Oxx, he won a Dundalk mile maiden on the Polytrack under the name Drake Passage
, and has one win and four seconds in his five allweather starts in Hong Kong.
Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage
to the south.
As we crossed the Drake Passage
, and then explored the Antarctic Peninsula's spectacular glaciers, icebergs, and vast penguin colonies, I didn't have the time--or the slightest inclination--to worry about the office.
The Drake Passage
below sparkles to a far horizon as we make our way westward from Punta Arenas in Chile, to the Antarctic Peninsula and finally to Union Glacier, a private base operated by Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE), located in the Heritage Range, below the Ellsworth Mountains.
The team will be embarking on a very physically demanding voyage, which will see them endure freezing temperatures and crossing the Drake Passage
, considered one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world.
Summary: Kochi (Kerala) [India], Jan 19 (ANI): The Indian Navy's first all-women crew of Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini, which was flagged-off from Goa in September, has rounded the Cape Horn through the Drake Passage
, early Friday morning.
After a stormy crossing through the Drake Passage
, it was the first warmth we'd felt in days.