|Plowing to weather a day out from rounding Cape Horn, Ocean Watch was lashed by a 55-knot gale before the weather took a turn for the better.|
When skipper Mark Schrader conceived of our voyage Around the Americas, he sat down and drew up an itinerary in a clockwise direction, beginning and ending in Seattle, Washington. From the outset, I realized this would have some challenging ramifications, particularly bucking the contrary northerly flow of the Gulf Stream and the Brazilian Current after a transit through the Northwest Passage. But the biggest potential issue of them all would be a rare east-to-west rounding of Cape Horn, against the prevailing westerly winds in the high southern latitudes. So when we hauled the anchor in a little cove on an island called Isla Wollaston - just a few miles north of Isla Hornos: Cape Horn - at precisely 0500, I could hardly believe our good fortune.