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23 dicembre 2020

Antarctica Ski&Sail

December 2020

The Anctartica Penisula is a stunning and incredible place. Huge mountains, enormous glacier, untouched peaks and beautiful wildlife are the best environment for a wild and lonley ski touring ever! Panorma-ParadiseBay
The logistics are possbile only with a boat, because in Antarctica there is any support: no villages, no supermarkets, no facilities, no harbours. Antarctica is a ice land, with enourmous glaciers ending directly on the sea, incredible ridges and untouched slopes. ViewFromMontBanck

 

 

Our travel

The first problem is to reach the Antarctica Penisula. Our choice is sailing the Drake Passage only once, and to have the other crossing by plane. This will permit to reduce time on the sea (a single Drake crossing can keep 3/4 days), without miss the incredible experience of sailing across the mythic channel and his long waves!

The area between King George Island, in South Shetland Island, and Anvers Island, in Palmer Arcipelago, is our action zone. All the fjordsfacing to Gerlache Strait, for example Paradise Harbour, Errera Channel, Andvor Bay, Neumayr Channel, are the perfect location for Ski & Sail and to visit the stunning and incredible icy wilderness. Indeed, sailing across the Antarctic Sea is very common to crossing whales, impossible don’t see thousand of penguins, frequently the meeting with seals and several big birds. The scenery change continuosly showing peaks and glaciers whitout ending.

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The typical ski touring day

The activity on board start in the morning between 7,00 and 8,00 o’clock with a breakfast.

Then, prepared all skitouring stuff, with a tender transfer we reach the shore on a good landing place, from where we start the ski touring.

In Antarctica every activity on land is on the glacier, therfore need to be prepared for this terrain. Mandatory to have an harness, helmet and, of course, the safety kit (transceiver/shovel/probe). The typical lenght of the ski tours is between 800m and 1200m of altitude from sea level, the typical skill required is S3 or BS (wide slope max 40 degrees). Sometimes to reach the summit is necessary to use crampons and axe.

The tour usually can be finish in 4-6 hours, to be back by tender on board in the early afternoon (2-4 pm).

Relaxing time on board for the guests, sailing time for the crew. The boat will move to another ancor point close to the landing of the next ski touring. Anchor done, then dinner and relaxing time on board in the long and light Antarctica evening.

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The typical touristic day

Bad weather? Windy day? Not possible any ski activity? No problem, depending of the location we will organize with the captain the visits to the penguins colonies, the scient basis, the historical places.

Are you a passionate photographer? You need a special transfer to an emotional place to make penguins picture? No problem, the small boat allow the flexibility for you.

A group of wales are making a bubble feeding? The Sailng boat will be stoped to look this amazing moment of the wildlife. Wales swimming around? Be aware, the breath of the wale is not so difficult to see, need to be just a little bit lucky to catch the whale breach!

Are you hyperactive? Do yo want to have every minute of this travel to see icebergs, glaciers ice falls, seals resting on the ice, walking in the penguins colonies? A cruise with the tender will be organize for you!

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DEPARTURE/RETURN Departure Punta Arenas, Chile – Return Ushuaia, Argentina
DATES 23 December 2020
TRAVEL TO
PUNTA ARENAS
From your country get the flights to Punta Arenas, Chile 48 hours in advance to the scheduled date
INCLUDED
Cruise on board of Firebird, 13 nights
Accomodation in  two places cabin, Full Board service
Mountain Guide services
NOT INCLUDED
Journey to Punta Arenas and back from Ushuaia, and all the accomodation during this journey and/or  in Ushuaia and Punta Arenas
Ski touring gear
Insurance for Healty/Cancellation/Travel/Luggage

 

 

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Day by day

PRELIMINARY

23 December 2020

Travel from your country to Punta Arenas. You must to be in Punta Arena 36 hours before the scheduled flight, in case due to weather the plane has to leave earlier than scheduled.

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day 1

Meeting in Punta Arenas Airport – Flight to King George Island – Transer to Ocean Trump – Welcom on board – Safety briefing – Sailing – Dinner
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Day 2

Sailing day to Brabant Island – Short skitouring in the afternoon
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Day 3 to 10

Every day, depending the weather, ski touring. The exact route will be decided by the Captain and the Mountain Guide in according with the sea conditions, landings, mountain conditions. The most common targets for skitouring are Mount Bank, Jabat Peak, Rojas Peak. When ski touring is not possible, the program will be a visit of penguin colonies (Neko Harbour, Damoy Point, Waterboard Point) and scients base, or sailing, or kayaking
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Day 11

Sailing to Deception Island and visit of the famous vulcan island
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Day 12-13-14

Ont the Sea – Drake passage – Sailing to Ushuaia
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Day 15

Ushuaia, Disembarkation – Flights back to your country
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Materiali  necessari

Vestiario

Per questo viaggio soggiorneremo a bordo di una bella barca a vela, però gli spazi sono ridotti e si raccomanda una sola valigia, preferibilmente una sacca non rigida. Anche gli sci è meglio che vengano trasportati in una sacca non rigida, per poterla ripiegare e lasciare in un piccolo spazio sulla barca.

Per la vita a bordo un abbigliamento “normale” (casual) è consigliato. E’ meglio aggiungere anche un piumino molto pesante per poter stare sul ponte del veliero anche se fa freddo, lo spettacolo che si godrà sarà incomparabile!

Per quanto riguarda le gita, invece, tutto dovrà essere portato nello zaino. E uno zaino leggero è indispensabile per salire, sciare e divertirsi! Perciò è bene portare solo il vestiario essenziale. Le caratteristiche guida per i capi di vestiario saranno leggero, caldo, versatile e funzionale. In genere il vestiario tipico di scialpinismo va molto bene.

  • Berretto, caldo e se possibile antivento
  • Buff leggero e/o di lana per il collo e/o come sottocasco
  • Giacca in “gore-tex” o simili (solo il guscio, senza imbottitura)
  • Giacca antivento in “Windstopper” o simili
  • Piumino leggero sintetico
  • Second layer, caldo e traspirante
  • Intimo tecnico traspirante (no cotone o lana!)
  • Pantaloni da scialpinismo oppure fuseaux e pantaloni in goretex
  • Calzettoni tecnici, non troppo pesanti
  • Guanti, 2 paia, uno leggero e traspirante per la salita e uno più pesante per la discesa

Attrezzi da scialpinismo

L’attrezzatura da freeride può essere utilizzata, ma risulta sicuramente pesante e talvolta non ideale in salita. Può essere utilizzato anche lo snowboard, nella versione split-board.

  •  sci da alpinismo + attacchi da scialpinismo con ski-stop
  • coltelli da neve
  • pelli di foca
  • scarponi da scialpinismo
  • bastoncini allungabili con rondelle
  • casco

Questi materiali possono anche essere noleggiati (in Italia!), richiederlo in anticipo.

Attrezzatura di sicurezza

Consiste nel kit Artva ed è composto da:

  • Artva digitale (rice-trasmettitore per ricerca/segnalazione di travolti in valanga)
  • pala da neve
  • sonda da neve

Questi materiali possono anche essere noleggiati, richiederlo in anticipo.

Materiali vari

  • Zaino da giornata, 30/40 litri. Esistono zaini espressamente disegnati per lo scialpinismo, ma anche uno zaino da escursionismo è più che sufficiente
  • Occhiali da sole e/o maschera, protezione UV 100%
  • Crema solare, protezione 50
  • Bottiglia e/o thermos e/o camelbak, con capacità di 1/1,5 litri
  • Barrette energetiche
  • Macchina fotografica
  • Asciugamani
  • Beauty da bagno
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FIREBIRD

Luxury Oyster Yacht

The vessel

Firebird is an Oyster 885 RS, designed by Rob Humphreys and launched in Southampton, UK in early 2016.  She is a luxury cruising yacht that has been fully customised for ambitious round the world passages. She boasts a performance deck and rig package, enabling her to compete in Superyacht Regattas. The raised saloon offers guests an exceptional panoramic view of their surroundings, and her custom interior sleeps 7 guests in complete luxury.

Firebird is available for exclusive private charter and has been designed specifically for this purpose, so guests will enjoy all of the bespoke amenities they could wish for at their fingertips. She comes with a crew of three and guest accommodation consisting of three double ensuite cabins and a fourth single cabin with its own ensuite facilities.

Firebird web site

Yacht Specification

LOA 27.08m (88’10”)

Waterline Length 24,18m (79’4″)

Beam 6,33m (20’9″)

Draft 3,5m (11’6″)

Displacement 71,500Kg (157,120lbs)

Sailing Area: Main and Headsail 391,60sq m (4,214sq ft)

Air Draft 37,67m (123’3″)

The hull is hand laminated using a custom GRP especially designed for the yacht by Oyster’s own structural engineers. It comprises of a combination of E Glass, Kevlar and Carbon Fibre. This offers significant weight savings, strength, stiffness and impact resistance.

DECK GEAR

Firebird features 6 custom made Lewmar carbon winches plus a single point captive mainsheet system all powered by the onboard hydraulic powerpack.
Firebird’s rig is a custom made Hall Spars design comprising of carbon standing rigging and a fully battened main sail for reduced weight and extra speed.

ENGINE ROOM

A single Cummin Turbo-charged QSL9-330, heavy-duty diesel engine is fitted.
Firebird has 2 Onan MDKBT e-QD 22.5kW, 220v, 50Hz 4 cylinder generators.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

All power sockets on board are fitted with a multiway adaptor.
63A 220v shore power
The yachts DC electrical supply is 24v and has a 1640 Amp hour domestic battery bank.
Each engine and generator have their own 95 Amp hour starter battery.
In addition there is a dedicated 24v 55Amp hour battery bank for the navigational instruments.
For charging there are 3 100Amp battery chargers that will run from either shore power or off of the generators.
The yachts main engine also charges via a 150 Amp alternator.

NAVIGATION & INSTRUMENTS

3x Raymarine MFD chart plotters
6x Raymarine i70 displays
1x Raymarine Autopilot
5x Sailmon Race instruments (2x mounted at the mast)
Icom Class D-DSC VHF radio telephone with masthead antenna
Icom MF (SSB)
AIS class B transceiver

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