Cape Horn: Easter Island - Falkland Islands
A true Cape Horn voyage
Easter Island - Falkland Islands
Thu. 05 - 12 - '19
Wed. 02 - 01 - '19
29 days days
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A true Cape Horn voyage. With over 3000 miles to go and no engine use in between. Heading into the Southern Ocean. We will go from the Roaring Forties to the Furious Fifties and possibly even into the Screaming Sixties. This voyage is all about sailing, sail handling, working hard, sleeping when possible and always keeping one eye on the weather report. The starting point of this voyage is Easter Island. An Island all the way out in the Pacific Ocean, with no other land closer then nearly 300NM! Going around Cape Horn, to make it a true Cape Horn voyage, the course will not be set straight for the Falkland Islands, but first up to 50 degrees South and only then can the course be set for the Falklands or Malvinas as the Argentinian people call it.
In 2013 the Tecla arrived on the Falkland Islands with a snow blizzard blowing outside the harbor, and once anchor was dropped in the fully protected bay of Stanley, calm and excitement came over everybody on board at the same time. We had made it. The Falkland Islands harbour and beaches are littered with all sorts of wrecks, majestic clippers, frigates, schooners from the times the Merchant Navy was operating with sailing vessels. The Lady Elizabeth, for example, is partially beached in Whale Bone Cove just off Stanley harbour, her hull a fantastic rusty orange colour and she still has a yard up her mast. When we go to the local pub for a drink, we are told fantastic stories, some we knew and some we didn’t, about storms and dramas encountered by ships rounding the Horn.
To the North of Easter Island, the prevailing wind is South East, to the South of Easter Island the prevailing wind is South West. Around the island there are many variable winds, so starting off from the Islands there might be light winds, sailing close hauled making our way South to get to the Westerly winds that will take us around Cape Horn!
This voyage will include a stay on Easter Island of a few days, wind and weather permitting. Also depending on how fast the voyage will be, you will have a few days to spend on the Falkland Islands and visit the Penguin colonies and sail around to some remote settlements.
Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, was discovered by a Dutch sailor called Jacob Roggeveen, in 1722. They named it Easter Island as the land was discovered on Easter Sunday.
Arriving on the island they found indigenous people living there, who might not have been the original settlers. The island had once been inhabited by long-eared people, who are resembled in the statues on the island. But as a second group of islanders arrived, food supplies ran low and a war started. Now the island is inhabited by over 7000 people and is part of Chile. The language spoken is Rapa Nui for the locals, but as the island is part of Chile, Spanish and the valuta from Chile (peso) are commonly used.
The ancient stone figures on Easter Island are called Moai. There were erected between the years 1250 and 1500. It is thought they were carved after the likeness of the leaders of the Hanau epe – the Long Eared. After a great struggle between the people on the island late 18th century, there are no Hanau left on the island.
The Falkland Islands have a great many Penguin colonies. Five different sorts are represented on the islands, the King penguin beging the biggest one, besides that, there are the Magellanic, Rock Hopper, Gentoo and Macaroni. The colonies can be visited during our stay on the Falklands.