Cape Horn

At 55° S, at the southern end of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, on the north edge of the Drake Passage on the strait between South America and Antarctica … the Horn is perhaps the most dangerous ship passage in the world. A Word a Week: Remote Continue reading Cape Horn

Below 40, there is no law

We have heard that Captains of cruise ships must take nine years of training and then earn huge salaries as they sail to all the world’s faraway places … why?  Because there is a Cape Horn.

Cape Horn sits at the south tip of the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego and Tierra del Fuego sits of the south tip of South America.  There isn’t a whole lot between Cape Horn and Antarctica. The Drake Passage around Cape Horn forms part of the Southern Ocean.

The Southern Ocean from about latitude 400 south to the Antarctic Circle has the strongest average winds found anywhere on earth because there is less land mass to slow them down; they just blow around the world almost uninterrupted by land.  The latitudes between 400 south and 500 south have been dubbed the  Continue reading “Below 40, there is no law”