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  • Starlink and Major Tom

    Starlink and Major Tom

    Offline at the end of the world ? That’s what we thought before we started our journey, that was part of the idea. To be travelling at the end of the world and in a world of our…

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  • Goodbye Falklands

    Goodbye Falklands

    Farewell After almost ten days here at the Falkland Islands, it is now time to head home. Our Sailing SOUTH 2024 expedition comes to an end here. And we as a crew are going our separate ways again…

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  • Falkland Islands’ Mountains

    Falkland Islands’ Mountains

    Hiking and History We had a wonderful place to stay with David in the former boathouse right on the harbour with a view of the water, even though we first had to get used to the amount of…

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  • Falkland Islands’ penguins

    Falkland Islands’ penguins

    A paradise for penguin fans Five different species of penguins live in the Falklands: Magellanic penguins, gentoo penguins, rockhopper penguins, macaroni penguins and king penguins. We were lucky enough to encounter and observe four of them. Not far…

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  • Falkland Islands’ Coastline

    Falkland Islands’ Coastline

    Paradise Island with dream beaches We have discovered wild and beautiful beaches. Sometimes rocky and rugged around the lighthouse at Cape Pembroke, sometimes paradisiacal with a white sandy beach, turquoise blue or emerald green water and a magnificent…

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  • Falkland Islands

    Falkland Islands

    What a surprise! Don’t have any expectations and you won’t be disappointed. There’s a saying that goes something like this. Put a little more optimistically, it could also mean: Have no expectations and you will be surprised ……

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  • Farewell


    The day after This morning is different. And anything but good. I’m sitting here in the old Boathouse, our accommodation, with todays first coffee in my hand, looking out of the window at the harbour. It’s actually a…

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  • Port Stanley – Anchorage SH4

    Port Stanley – Anchorage SH4

    Sailing at last! What a marvellous last day of sailing! We couldn’t have had it any better. Especially after the last few days, when the wind kept letting us down and the Drake was mostly as tame as…

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  • Night thoughts

    Night thoughts

    Only 100 miles to go It’s two o’clock in the morning. I’m sitting outside on deck, having just taken over the night watch from Unda for the next four hours. I have the first two hours to myself,…

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  • Sunrise at Lake Drake

    Sunrise at Lake Drake

    Neptune and Aiolos, the gods of the sea and the winds, seem to be asleep, as is our crew. It’s 6 o’clock in the morning and I’m sitting on the deck of the Selma, which is rocking in…

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  • Elephant Island

    Elephant Island

    As I write these lines, Elephant Island is already moving away in the wake of the Selma. Today, at around five o’clock in the morning, our destination emerged dimly from the darkness of the night. At first all…

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  • Course Elephant Island

    Course Elephant Island

    Two days ago, on Sunday, we weighed anchor at four in the morning, left Deception Island and set course 060 for Elephant Island. There are a good 200 nautical miles between these two islands, both of which belong…

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  • Deception Island

    Deception Island

    The next morning we weigh anchor at five o’clock in the morning and set course for the South Shetlands. It’s about 100 miles to Deception Island. We have zero wind, it’s gray and the water is as smooth…

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  • Enterprise Island Governoren

    Enterprise Island Governoren

    It is already afternoon when we reach Enterprise Island. It is gray and cloudy. A light drizzle falls from the low-hanging clouds. We drop anchor near a bay surrounded by a glacier. Here in Foyn Harbor lies the…

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  • Port Lockroy

    Port Lockroy

    Hot Spots On the way north from Vernadsky Station, we pass the north-west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, the part most frequently visited by Antarctic tourists. Easily accessible, mostly ice-free in summer, only the Drake Passage has to…

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  • Moved


    My new home I have moved! The move from my 3-room apartment to a 7-room shared flat with six double cabins, a bathroom, separate toilet, kitchen and lounge, as well as a cozy green house, has been a…

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  • Vernadsky Station II

    Vernadsky Station II

    Outside, the wind hisses around the masts of the Selma and the rain beats on the roof of the wheelhouse – it’s just plain bad weather. We’ve just managed to hide back here in the Argentine Islands in…

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  • A new week begins

    A new week begins

    Monday morning at half past three… I’m getting dressed for the watch when I hear the engine being switched off. Gerhard, Alan and Piotr, our skipper, come down to the saloon. No watch? Yes, but because we are…

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  • Nightlife


    What do you actually do at night? We have often been asked this question. The answer is the same as to almost all questions that arise here on board and in life in general: “It depends”. No two…

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  • On the Glacier

    On the Glacier

    We’ve been on the road for almost a month now. Arrived far to the south. And ready for our planned tour ashore. Great anticipation for the five-member Mountaineering Team, consisting of Alan, Jan, Karen, Piotr and myself. After…

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  • Adelaide Island – Shore excursion

    Adelaide Island – Shore excursion

    On March 1st we departed early for the southern end of Adelaide Island and the Chilean Base. This base has not been used since the winter of 2014-15. We had to break a way into the anchorage due…

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  • Further South

    Further South

    We set off from Vernadsky two days ago. The break did us good, but now we want to continue. For most Antarctic travelers, the southernmost point is reached at the latest here at the Ukrainian Station or even…

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  • Kayaking


    We had already set up the kayaks three days ago. Pjotr had been inspired by SY Podorange, where we can moor them well on deck. The dinghy has made a bit of room and now they are snuggled…

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  • Vernadsky Station I

    Vernadsky Station I

    Before you can see Vernadsky, the Ukrainian station, you can smell it. At least the day before yesterday afternoon, when we arrived, the wind carried the smell of the resident Gentoo penguin colony (gentoo penguins) towards us from…

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  • Westside Stories— Lemaire Channel

    Westside Stories— Lemaire Channel

    We leave the incredibly beautiful but restless anchorage early in the morning. Just around the corner, the spectacular entrance to the Lemaire Channel awaits us. This six-kilometre-long strait between the peninsula and the offshore Booth Island is very…

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  • Westside Stories — Cape Renard

    Westside Stories — Cape Renard

    We set off the next morning, wanting to continue our journey south. We quickly leave the Argentinean station Almirante Braun in our wake. It’s still gray and cloudy, but the sun comes out in the Ferguson Channel. And…

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  • Westside Stories — Course south

    Westside Stories — Course south

    We set course south. We leave Tower Island and Trinity Island to starboard. The uncomfortable weather and numerous icebergs remain our companions. Spotlights are installed on the bow for the night. It starts to snow in the evening.…

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  • Westside Stories — Astrolabe Island and Bransfield Strait

    Westside Stories — Astrolabe Island and Bransfield Strait

    We have now been traveling on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula for three days. And – compared to the east side – in a different world. Both the landscape and the weather have changed. After starting…

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  • Good bye Weddell Sea

    Good bye Weddell Sea

    We made it, the circumnavigation of James Ross Island! And not just somehow, but it was a feast! We saw so much wildlife, island scenery, countless natural ice sculptures, history (from fossils to huts of brave Antarctic explorers…

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  • Changing the side

    Changing the side

    At last! We are sailing again! After yesterday’s 40 knots of wind directly on the nose and an initially very restless night at anchor in Hope Bay in Antarctic Sound, we now have a moderate 25 knots of…

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  • Animal encounters

    Animal encounters

    We were blessed with numerous animal encounters that will remain unforgettable. The albatrosses and petrels of the Drake Passage were followed by the penguins. These also deserve a chapter of their own. I wouldn’t have thought it possible…

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  • Circumnavigation


    As the route to the east seemed to be blocked by ice, we decided to try to make our way further south on the west side of James Ross Island. Here too, between the mainland (Peninsula) and James…

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  • Weddell Sea

    Weddell Sea

    Our time in the Weddell Sea was as unexpected as it was fantastic. Originally not planned at all (except perhaps to point the bow into the Antarctic Sound), this change of plan turned into a very special experience.…

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  • What a perfect day

    What a perfect day

    It’s 3 o’clock in the morning. I’m standing alone outside on deck. The night envelops me, I can dimly make out the outline of the landscape, very slightly gray, barely discernible, the ice stands out against the black…

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  • Circumnavigation


    “This is no holiday, this is an expedition!” Often with a wink, sometimes as a joke and occasionally simply surrendering to life on deck with everything that goes with it, this sentence is said several times a day.…

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  • Early morning pink

    Early morning pink

    My 0340 alarm sounds. I turn it off and think for moment that I want to stay snuggled deep in my sleeping bag for another hour. I get up, grab my staged clothes and socks and step into…

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  • Lazy day

    Lazy day

    What a wonderful moment: I’m sitting on deck in the sun, wrapped up warm because it’s really cold. The Selma’s wheelhouse provides a little shade from the wind. The wind is blowing strongly, with fierce gusts from the…

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  • Drift


    It’s quiet, with the occasional ripple of a small wave. I can only hear the captain snoring softly in his bunk in the wheelhouse. I missed the “ice thriller” at the beginning of last night, my watch didn’t…

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  • Summit happiness

    Summit happiness

    Beak island The idea was to get our legs moving, explore Beak Island and combine a love of hiking with a spirit of discovery. So we set off to explore the small island, whose sheltered bay offered us…

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  • Drake II

    Drake II

    Team spirit I love life on board with this crew! The watch system works really well and everyone is reliable at their post, always keeping an eye on the others. I’ve never been so kindly provided with tea,…

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  • Changing plans

    Changing plans

    Plans are one of those things. Especially down here, deep in the south. Here, man is just a tiny little cog in the infinitely larger course of nature. You have to be flexible and react when external circumstances…

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  • Drake the Lake and Drake the Shake

    Drake the Lake and Drake the Shake

    We’ve made it! After four days and nights, the Drake Passage lies behind us, a good 530 nautical miles in our wake. This notorious ocean passage between the Pacific and the Atlantic has welcomed us graciously, presenting a…

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  • Drake I

    Drake I

    Wednesday, February 07, Morning Cape Horn and the Drake Passage. I had imagined it to be wild and rough with meter-high waves and heroic sailing. After all, the crossing from Tierra del Fuego to Antarctica is considered the…

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  • Cast off

    Cast off

    And then the time has come: on Monday, February 5, at around 7 p.m., we cast off the lines for good and leave Puerto Williams with Antarctica as our destination. The Sailing SOUTH 2024 expedition can begin. The…

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  • Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino

    Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino

    As the weather forecast for the Drake Passage predicts a full-blown storm, we have two days in Puerto Williams on Isla Navarino. We are moored at a mooring buoy, well protected from the strong westerly wind, and take…

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  • Departure


    Before we can really set off, there are still a few things on the agenda: a last major shopping trip, re-stowing the same and the last fresh vegetables delivered. But above all the formalities, including customs and emigration…

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  • Preparations


    We’ve been on the Beagle Channel for almost a week now, all the team members have gradually arrived in Ushuaia and we’ve been complete since Tuesday. What luck and how nice that everyone has actually landed here safe…

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  • What a wonderful day

    What a wonderful day

    There are those magical days that are so perfect that you sometimes have to pinch yourself to check that you’re not dreaming. One such day for me was our first day in Ushuaia. A first sunset together the…

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  • Arrived


    Here at last! Arrived in Tierra del Fuego. After a seemingly never-ending journey.. Ushuaia The southernmost city in the world welcomes Gerhard and me (we met in Buenos Aires and were on the same plane) with a friendly…

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  • Inbetween


    So now I’m actually on the way. Started yesterday with countless good wishes, small practical gifts or talismans for the journey and said goodbye to my family and friends waving unexpectedly on the street. Thanks to the rail…

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  • Time to start packing

    Time to start packing

    Happy New Year 2024! The year – among hopefully many other joyful things and events – of our Sailing SOUTH 2024 expedition.Time is running out – time to get the equipment and gear sorted for the first time…

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  • Bad News: Avian Influenza (HPAI) in South Georgia

    Bad News: Avian Influenza (HPAI) in South Georgia

    Bad news from the other side of the world Bad news from the other side of the world: bird flu (avian influenza) has unfortunately also reached the remote regions of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica – the highly…

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  • Permit No 1

    Permit No 1

    Next important Step Hooray!We have received the first of many needed authorisations: the permit from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which allows us to sail into the Antarctic waters of the Antarctic Treaty area. Poland because the…

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  • Crew Meet-Up

    Crew Meet-Up

    Crew meeting – not only virtual Crew meeting last week in Berlin. The first time we met as a full team in real life (and not just online). Karen from Alaska had the longest journey. The program included:…

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  • Planning Process

    Planning Process

    Good news! The Sailing SOUTH team is complete! Further planning has begun. First of all, we are mentally travelling on the map … We consider route planning, possible destinations and landing sites on the Antarctic Peninsula, the South…

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  • An important step

    An important step

    We did it! The contract has been signed and further planning can begin. Of course we celebrated that with a Shackleton. There are still three places left – apply for this Antarctic adventure and become part of our…

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  • Wanted II

    Wanted II

    Successful Restart “Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.” Sir Ernest Shackleton After our originally planned skipper unexpectedly dropped out at the end of August, we were looking for a new partner. And we have found one!…

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