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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ski Antarctica 2009 - The Drake Passage

Between Ushuaia and the Antarctic Peninsula is the infamous Drake Passage. This is the one place on earth that the ocean currents can circumnavigate the globe unobstructed and thus is known to be the roughest seas in the world. The Drake Passage can be very flat too, so the big question is will we get the "Drake Shake" or the the "Drake Lake?"

So, watching the wave forecast becomes a daily obsession as our trip approaches. We set sail on the 6th and will be crossing the Drake on the 7th and 8th, so the forecast almost extends out to our passage now, a couple more days.

Last year it looked like we were going to be setting out into the "perfect storm" with 60 foot waves in the forecast. While I'm open to experiencing the the "shake," hoping for a little smaller waves then that!

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