WILDLIFE AND WAR -  A GUIDED TOUR OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS BATTLEFIELDS AND WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES BY SAILING VESSEL 6- 20 DECEMBER 2003

Following sea trials in Cape Town,  Pelagic Australis will transit to the Falkland Islands for the vessel's maiden charter 6 - 20th  December 2003, which will take in the principal scenes of action from the Falklands campaign of 1982 and some of the Islands' finest wildlife sites. 

 We are planning a 14 day itinerary skippered by Skip Novak and guided by Ewen Southby Tailyour,  the author of the definitive guide to the waters of the area "The Falkland Islands Shores",who served on the staff of 3 Commando Brigade during the campaign to repossess the Islands.

Pelagic Australis can take up to  8 passengers for this trip and we welcome enquires from groups or individuals.  

Costs excluding flights have yet to be finalised but are likely to be about 2,500 per person which covers all in Falklands transport costs and all items such as food and drink, mooring fees, permits and fuel whilst on board except satellite communications.

Please e-mail us to register your interest  for this or future trips.

The provisional itinerary below is both weather dependent and adjustable to the wishes of the charter party.  


46 slow land miles but not as slow as it was then!

Day 1: Arrive Mount Pleasant  Airport. Transport direct to Pelagic Australis in San Carlos (46 slow land miles). Visit war museum (D-Day landings by Royal Marines Commandos and Parachute Battalion) and British cemetery. If weather is fine sail for night anchorage off Ajax Bay  (Field Hospital) - settle in on board.


Pucara destroyed during raid on Pebble Island

Day 2: Sail for Pebble Island (excellent example of settlement life) possibly via Port San Carlos  or Jersey Harbour  

 

 

Day 3: Sail through Pebble Sound to Carcass (finest wildlife sanctuary) via Saunders Island  (1777 Royal Marines settlement). 


Carcass Island

Day 4: Carcass Island. 

 

 

Day 5: Weather and tides  permitting, sail for Jason Islands. Anchor off Steeple Jason. If fine, remain for night. (Finest penguin and albatross colonies.) 


Black browed Albatross

Day 6: Sail for West Point Island. Night stop. (Finest albatross colonies.)

Day 7: Short sail to Port North Bense Island anchorage. (Fine beaches - possible dolphins and whales.)


Dolphins drawn by Ewen Southby Tailyour

Day 8: Sail for New Island. (Wildlife paradise and wrecks.)
Day 9: Sail for Port Albermarle via Horse Block Rock - south about Weddell Island. (Possible dolphins and whales?)

Day 10: Sail for Fox Bay (woollen and knitwear centres), possibly via Port Edgar (site of proposed anchorage for the Royal Family in World War Two - fascinating anchorage). 

Day 11: Sail for anchorage at Bull Cove (penguins).


Bluff Cove looking seaward

Day 12: Sail for either Fitzroy Settlement or Bluff Cove Settlement  or if time permits: leave out Fitzroy and Bluff Cove and divert to Goose Green (wrecks and site of Argentine garrison and Parachute Battalion battle).


Stanley

Day 13: Sail to Stanley. 

 

Day 14: Overland transport to Mount Pleasant Airport

 

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