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Blue Dream
Scanning through these photos from the summer cruise of “Blue Dream” the more intrigued I am. In terms of maritime discovery this place is at the apex of hardship and depredation. For example;
 
Magellan, in 1520, was the first European explorer to discover a passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. This was not easy. Magellan had many setbacks including mutiny. It is Magellan who named the “Pacific” due to its apparent calmness; no doubt it was after the difficulties he encountered. On this circumnavigation of the original crew of 270, 232 were lost including Magellan.
 
Drake, in 1578, set a record that stood for centuries for the fastest passage through the Straight of Magellan on his way to raid Spanish settlements and shipping on the coast of Peru. For most of his career Drake had the wind at his back. This voyage became the first circumnavigation by an Englishman. 
 
Dutch merchants, in an effort to break the Spanish monopoly of the Straight of Magellan found a way around to the south past Cape Horn through what is now known as Drake Passage.
 
George Anson, another English raider lost half of his fleet rounding Cape Horn in 1741. There were survivors from the vessel Wager that was blown ashore. For a brilliant account of their survival read “Byron of the Wager” by Peter Shankland. 
Anson’s voyage also turned into a circumnavigation and of the original six vessels with 1980 crew, 188 returned in one remaining ship the Centurian.
 
Capt Cook passed this way twice, in 1768 eastward to the Pacific and 1772 westward, on this second voyage charting nearby South Georgia Island and discovering Clerke Rocks and South Sandwich Island.
 
Capt Bligh attempted a west ward passage of Cape Horn in the little “Bounty”. After 17 days of hard slog to go backwards 80 miles he was forced to concede and run for the Cape of Good Hope. 
 
Capt Fitzroy, the little recognized of all English explorers, while in command of the “Beagle” on her first voyage found the third passage; Beagle Channel, where today the city of Ushuaia; Argentina and small town of Puerto Williams; Chile, each more or less opposite each other are established. 
 
Then the first cruising yachtsman to circumnavigate in 1895, Capt. Slocum made his way through the Straight of Magellan. We once built a replica of Joshua Slocums “Spray” so I can well imagine that exercise.
 
None of the above could comprehend the differences in vessels and equipment we have today. Consider that their ships were without engines or electronics, refrigeration and carried very basic preserved food. Fresh water was always a problem. In fact only Cook and Fitzroy had a chronometer and for Cook only on his second voyage which was an experimental piece. All the others including Slocum “dead reckoned” their position. 
 
Yet here we have a photographic account of what appears to be a casual family cruise – kids and all having a great time, in one of the world’s remotest and most dangerous areas.
 
“Blue Dream” is Brazilian owned and flagged. Anyone who is familiar with Brazil and enjoyed the hospitality of its people will recognize the “joie de vivre” that is evident. Looking at these snap shots, all at once we are fishing; crab - a trap carried on board, bottom fishing for Hake – a wonderful fish and diving – in a dry suit of course. Then ashore for horse riding and fly fishing for trout. 
 
And of course we go out of our way to Cape Horn Island and hike to the top and look at the lighthouse that is famous around the world and the albatross statue, so appropriately cut from raw steel as it defies the winds roaring through Drake Passage.
 
Then there is the food. Who else other than a chef on Brazilian yacht would so respectfully handle and prepare such premium seafood into simple and delicious meals. Off course these dishes are inherited from the Portuguese and Spanish fishermen- the greatest of all.
 
Blue Dream is in her element. Being designed for Unrestricted Ocean Service, in line with internationally accepted naval architectural practice that is based on a large body of research that dates back before Magellans time. Magellan, Drake, Anson, Cook were pre industrial revolution. “Blue Dream” and vessels like her are what the industrial revolution has given us. Yet these voyages of discovery, the notes and observations of those mariners and countless others have contributed hugely to the art of vessel design. 
 
Blue Dreams owner can have absolute confidence in his vessel; confidence in the material she is built from, the machinery installed in her and in the crew’s knowledge of her capability. 
 
So please enjoy the slide show. We are grateful to Blue Dreams skipper for allowing us to show them. Be warned; this could be contagious.    
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ANCHOREH AT CALETA MORNING-ROMANCHE
BEAGLE CHANNEL
BEANS WITH SQUIDS FILLED WITH SCALLOPS
BEER BEAGLE CHANNEL
BLUE DREAM ANCHORED CALETA OLLA
BLUECLAMS
BOTTOM FISHING USHUAIA
CALETA GARIBALDI
CAPE HORN ISLAND
CENTOLLASCRABIN USHUAIA
CHEF PREPARING TROUTS
COOK&TROUT
CRAB SALAD
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CREW ON THE WAY TO Puerto Toro
DEPARTURE DAY
DIVING IN CALETA MARTIAL-NEAR CAPE HORN
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EARLY MORNING YENDENGAIA BAY
FISHING NEAR USHUAIA
FLY FISHING YENDENGAIA
Fontinalis Trouts
GETTING BALD
GLACIER FUQUE
GRILLED TROUT
HORSE RIDING YENDENGAIA
IS VACATION GOODORBAD
Island Enrance Yendegaia Bay
KID
LAKE IN CALETA MORNING
LIGHTHOUSE CAPE HORN
LIGHTHOUSE CAPE HORN 2
MERLUZAAUSTRALIS_WAKE
MONUMENT CAPE HORN
ON OUR WAY TO CAPE HORN
PARISIAN STYLE HAT
POOR HORSE ON A FREEZING WATER
Port of Ushuaia
PUERTO WILLIAMS_CHILE
RIDING ON ICE
ROASTED TROUT
SCULPTURE CAPE HORN_ ALBATROZ
SEA WOLF IN THE WOODS
SEAFOOD APPETIZERS
SEAFOOD APPETIZERS2
SEAFOOD PASTA
SEAFOOD SUFFLE
Seno Garibaldi
Seno Pia NE Chanel
Seno Pia NW Chanel
SENO PIA NW_ SWIMMING2
SENO PIA NW_SWIMMING
TAKING PICTURES AT CAPE HORN
TOP OF CAPE HORN ISLAND
TROUTS FOR DINNER
USHUAIA EARLY MORNING
VENTISQUEIRO FUQUE
VENTISQUEIRO ROMANCHE_ LUIS AND GRAND CHEF AND FRIEND
WATERFALL ON SENO PIA NW
WAY IN to SENO PIA NE
WAY TO CAPE HORN
WHERE TO
WIND CONDITIONS ON OUR WAY TO CAPE HORN
YENDENGAIA BAY AT 9PM
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Last Updated (Tuesday, 26 March 2013 05:39)

 
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