During the 1992 trip, we saw the sun only once during the three-week passage, and it was cold, with rain, sleet, or snow nearly every day. Our diesel heating system had failed during the nonstop, 6,000-mile passage from Cape Town, South Africa, to Ushuaia, probably from salt water we’d shipped during rough weather. As a result, we were without heat the entire time, with cabin temperatures rarely above 40 F, and we constantly battled condensation. “We were off the wind on our trip south, so it was an easy trip down, although we did see a lot of ice,” recalled Dick. “But coming back, hard on the wind, was really ugly.” We spent three days hove to in scattered ice trying to return from the circle in 35- to 50-knot northeast winds, with gusts to 70 that were reflected off the Antarctic Peninsula. Of all my miles, these were probably the worst conditions I’ve encountered. When the wind finally eased to about 35 knots, we set sail again, although it was still foggy and sleeting.