01/30/2009 50 °F
January 28, 2009, Cape Horn, Chile. We sailed around the island called Cape Horn, the most southerly land mass associated to South America,and the Andes mountain range. It's quite a desolate place, but also quite beautiful. I took lots of pictures. The occupants on the island are a family of 4, the 2 children being girls. They operate the lighthouse and act as emergency contacts for sailors in trouble in the area. A Chilean coastguard vessel was also present, and appeared to be staffed by 6 men. The house and lighthouse sat atop a cliff overlooking the sea towards Antarctica. A small boathouse rests at the bottom and is connected to the top by stairs and a rail tram (for transporting supplies). The only people to leave our ship to visit the island were the Captain, the Cruise Director, and a couple of others to film the event and provide support. The ship floated offshore for about 2 hours while the Captain, et.al., conducted their visit and presentation of gifts. Much has always been stated about the weather and sea conditions at the Cape. We lucked out, the weather was in our favor, the seas real calm (for the area), the sky mostly sunny, and the wind not too strong. Next port is tomorrow, Ushuaia, Argentina, which is the world's most southerly city.