|Quoting United Airline (Thread starter):|
The sea was VERY rough while we cruised at Cape Horn and from Port Stanley, Falkland Islands to Ushuaia, Argentina. Is this one of the roughest if not the roughest sea conditions on earth?
Been there myself in college on a science mission to collect lichen samples. VERY rough. Interestingly, I am apparently immune to sea-sickness. There was one day when I felt a bit off, but otherwise, I was fine. Never even occurred to me that I might get nauseated.
And the weather was such that even some of the Russian crew looked a bit green that second day!
Yes, those straits are feared by most ship captains. Sinkings happen there. Huge, triangular waves form as the Atlantic and Pacific meet at the straits of Magellan. Tankers have broken in two. It's one of the reasons the Panama Canal was built. Because not only is it a long trip around the southern tip of South America, but it's also a wee touch dangerous.
We encountered no ice for the first day-and-a-half out of Usuaia and we were making about 16 kts. Late on the afternoon of the second day, maybe 30-32 hours out of port, I saw the Flying Dutchman
. But she turned out to be a large tunnel in the first iceberg I'd seen; the iceberg blending into the horizon, leaving a dark, rectangular shape on the horizon that looked startlingly like an oncoming ship. And thus, I was the first man to sight ice.
This was during December, though. I'm sure there's ice a lot further north during July. I don't even want to think about what it must be like down in Usuaia during July. Brrr!