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Fly Over the Drake Passage: Small Group Expedition

February 10 – 24, 2023

Fly over the Drake Passage and explore the Antarctic Peninsula on our private 66-foot yacht Ocean Tramp with only six other photographers.

Our expedition begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, where we board a privately chartered plane to fly over the Drake Passage directly to King George Island. From there, you’ll embark on the Ocean Tramp for 14 days of sailing through some of the world’s most incredible locations at the Antarctic Peninsula. Our yacht has an experienced crew of four to help us chase the light, cook, sail, and make our time memorable. We’ll have the opportunity to see and photograph abundant wildlife: whales (orca, minke, and humpback), crabeater, elephant, leopard, and Weddell seals, countless numbers of penguins, and blue-eyed shags.

Everything is all-inclusive from our dinner in Punta Arenas on February 10, 2023 until we say goodbye on February 24, 2023. There will be plenty of onboard instruction on wildlife photography, beginning and advanced Lightroom, photographic composition, and much more. We’ll have access to kayaks, a zodiac, and plenty of time to explore the areas we choose. This is the ultimate expedition for those looking to experience Antarctica in a small group.

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Location

Antarctica

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Dates

February 10 – 24, 2023

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Availability

Sold Out
Limited to 6 Guests

Itinerary

About the wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.

This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.

February 10, 2023: Meet in the hotel in Punta Arenas, Chile. At 5:00 PM, We’ll travel to the charter companies office to receive our muckboots and review the details of the expedition. 

February 11–22, 2023: Our group leaves for the airport in the morning, where we board our flight over the Drake Passage and to King George Island. Embark onto the Ocean Tramp and set sail.

February 12, 2023: We sail to locations on the peninsula around Lemaire Channel, reaching places other larger ships can’t reach. We will be in search of wildlife, landscapes, and fantastic ice. It’s an awe-inspiring sight. The waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula are home to deep bays, pristine coves and inlets, and numerous small islands. The Gerlache coastline features heavily glaciated mountains permanently covered in ice and snow. Rocky outcrops are home to gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap penguin rookeries, and the waters are rich in other marine life. We frequently encounter seals, including the powerful leopard seal. Curious humpback whales and the smaller minke whales are present much of the time as they feed on the vast schools of krill. Sightings of orca are not uncommon. Every day we plan an exciting range of activities, including hikes on shore and visits to wildlife colonies with our expert naturalist guides. The historic huts and science stations located along the peninsula provide a fascinating glimpse into the past and potential future. Zodiac cruising in the ice, searching for seals and whales is a memorable activity and brings us great photographic opportunities. Marc will be on hand to help you with your camera settings and image composition.

February 23, 2023: Sail to King George Island and board our plane to fly back to Punta Arenas. Once we are back in Punta Arenas, we’ll have a group transport back to our hotel. We’ll celebrate with a final group meal.

February 24, 2023: Flights home anytime.

About the ship

Ocean Tramp is a 66' ketch-rigged sailboat with five cabins. She can comfortably carry eight guests plus four crew members. She is a fast sailboat, thanks to her long length. She is ideal for photographers, hikers, divers, scientists, and all sorts of expeditions that need a large capacity vessel with plenty of storage as well as the required comfort when living on a sailboat for more extended periods. She has a media drive for watching movies, onboard PC with WiFi internal net for sharing files, public wireless printer and scanner, satellite phone with email and weather download capabilities, a large separate kitchen, and a large saloon for 12 guests. She carries all the safety equipment required and is a very sturdy and comfortable boat with huge forward and aft decks for photo opportunities.

DIMENSIONS: LOA 19.55M, LWL 17.10M, BEAM 5.35, DRAFT 2.2M

TONNAGE: Displacement 32 tons

CONSTRUCTION: Aluminum

MACHINERY: Perkins Sabre 215 HP - Kohler Generator 5KW - Honda Generator 2KW - Watermaker 125l/hr

TANKS: Diesel 5500l, 2500l Fresh water

SPEED: 8 knots maximum, 7 knots cruise, under engine

ENDURANCE: 5,000 nautical miles (engine endurance)

NAVIGATION: GPS positioning, electronic chart software - 4G radar - Fluxgate compasses - Magnetic compasses - Autopilot - Depthsounder - AIS

COMMUNICATION: DSC VHF radio, DSC HF radio, Iridium Pilot

SAFETY: Bilge pumps - 1x 12 person liferaft, 1 x 4 Person Liferaft - 1 EPIRB, SART - Immersion suits, lifejackets

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Is this expedition for me?

I'M NOT A SAILOR—IS THAT OK?

Yes! Anyone with a sense of adventure and a desire to spend quality time photographing Antarctica in a small group will enjoy this trip. If you are interested, our crew will teach you everything you need to know about sailing, making it an incredible experience for sailors or non-sailors.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT TO BRING?

We'll send you a list of every piece of gear that is required along with items that are recommended. You will be required to bring your own insulated Muck Boots and winter weather gear.

WHAT ARE THE CABINS LIKE?

The cabins aboard the Tramp are private double cabins, and one is a suite with a private bathroom. Each cabin has a door that can be closed, and are fitted with warm and cozy duvets and storage space for your things. It is not a luxury suite, but each cabin gives you a place to call your own for the duration of the journey.

HOW WILL WE EXPLORE ANTARCTICA?

Ocean Tramp will be our base camp, some days we will travel while others we will stay put. Once we are anchored, we will launch the Zodiac to explore. We will use the Zodiac to either go ashore or explore for locations and photography. While ashore, we will have the ability to move around, explore and hike, other times we may be limited due to the wildlife and limiting our impact on them. There will be kayaks for use to explore from as well.

WHAT SORT OF FOOD DO WE EAT?

On-board you will eat hearty well-made delicious home-cooked food. Lunch is often warm soups and stews, while dinners can be a variety of meals. Meals range from a Sunday roast to a captain's pizza night to goulash to pad thai to butter chicken. Snacks are available during the day, as well as hot water for coffee or tea.

WILL I GET SEASICK?

Everyone is a little different, but we highly recommend bringing some seasickness pills with you. We will be in protected waters most of the time while sailing between locations on the peninsula.

IS IT DANGEROUS BEING ON A YACHT IN ANTARCTICA?

Yachts in the Antarctic Peninsula have an excellent track record. This is due to the vessels taking very high regard for safety. Safety is a core element of the crew's business. Every decision they make is based on a risk analysis. Strict lifejacket requirements are kept, and the weather is continuously monitored for local conditions. The vessel is surveyed continuously, making it mandatory that all requirements are adhered to.

Special fitness statement

To join this expedition if you must be able to do the following:

  • Stay in the wild without external medical assistance for the duration of the expedition—it could be up to 20 days.
  • Swim or float
  • Balance adequately to embark/disembark from the Zodiac to the beach with potential swells.
  • Walk 10 blocks without becoming exhausted.
  • Climb 6-foot vertical ladder
  • Be aware that you are going to a remote area with no phone, email, contact, etc. We will recommend an inReach device for private communications with family, and the ship will have a satellite phone used for weather download and emergency use.
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Fitness

Moderate: You must be able to handle living on a small sailing yacht, and be able to get in/out of the zodiacs, and walk on land for up to two miles.

Flights

Arrive Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ), Punta Arenas, Chile before 12:00 PM on February 10, 2023. Flights out can be made after 12:01 AM on February 24, 2023.

What to Bring

Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $400 supplement. (Hotel only.)
  • All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
  • All permits and park fees.
  • Internal flights during the workshop.
  • All transportation during the workshop.
  • Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides.
  • Waterproof boots for shore excursions.
  • English-speaking local guide throughout the workshop.
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros.
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
  • Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Not Included

  • Travel to and from Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
  • Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Medical Evacuation Insurance (required).
  • Travel Medical (required).
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
  • Anything else specifically not listed as included.
  • Single rooming available for $400 supplement. (Hotel only.)

Payment Terms

  • Your non-refundable deposit will hold your space in this workshop.
  • Further non-refundable payment is due by April 1, 2022.
  • The non-refundable balance is due not later than August 1, 2022.
  • The payment amounts are determined by your cabin choice.
  • In addition to our standard Terms and Conditions, for this workshop all payments are non-refundable, and this is why we recommend comprehensive travel insurance including trip cancelation.
  • While not expected, we do reserve the right to add a surcharge for possible fuel cost increases. This can happen even right up until the time of the expedition, but we try to get as much notice as possible.
  • Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just ask us.
Cabin ChoiceTuitionDepositFurther PaymentBalance Payment
Shackleton Suite Double$24,995$7,995$9,000$8,000
Forward Cabin Double$22,495$7,495$8,000$7,000
Mermaid Bunks Double$21,995$7,995$7,000$7,000

Testimonials

“Marc was totally brilliant in his availability and assistance with helpful photographic tips etc. ”

— Margaret Hobbs, New Zealand '16

“Not having been to anything like this before didn’t know what to expect. I learnt so much. ”

— Diana White, Antarctica '17