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Wed 10-01-2024, 18:00Port Stanley, the Falklands Wed 07-02-2024, 10:00Puerto Williams, Chile Tecla 28 Nights TC100124

The Falkland Islands to the most Southerly town in the world: Puerto Williams

Before setting off for the lost continent we will explore the shores and Islands of the Falklands. Colourful wildlife like the King Penguin and Rockhoppers are the main attractions. When starting the crossing of the infamous Drake passage, we hope that Elephant Island will be our first land fall.

Following this island chain we will come to the South Shetlands, before our journey continues to take in the sights of the great white continent. Possible places to visit are Half-moon bay, Paradise harbour, Port Lockroy, all depending on the weather conditions of course. During our stay on the peninsula it would be very possible to be in company of Humpback and Fin Whales.

The most Southern continent also has its own kind of fauna like the many penguins, but also a great variety of seals among whom we can hopefully find the fearsome looking Leopard Seal. If the ice allows us we will try to transit the Le Maire channel with its awesome views!

We will finish this voyage in the most Southern town of the world, Puerto Williams. Don’t panic about the remoteness of your departure point, there is an air link to Punta Arenas with DAP airlines.

  • Voyage
  • Vessel


Experiencing Antarctica at close quarters, a real expedition that you help make happen, forming part of the crew whilst on board.


  • Once in a lifetime voyage
  • South Shetland Islands
  • Antarctica mainland
  • Deception Island
  • Fantastic wildlife including whales, penguins, albatross and seals


Vessel type / Rig Gaff Ketch
Guest Berths 12
Beam 22ft
Draft 8.9ft
Deck Length 90ft
Overall Length 124ft
Tonnage 92 tons
Year Built 1915
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Voyage Description

sailing on Tecla


The Antarctic Peninsula

For many years, people speculated about the shape of the earth. One missing piece was the weight that kept the earth from tipping over. Aristole already speculated about a region bearing the same relation to the south pole as the one in the north. Antarktike would be the female form of Antarktikos. Meaning as much as across from Arctic. Much later this missing continent even had a name, Terra Australis. The British explorer Mattew Flinders, mapped great parts of the continent now known as Australia. He claimed there was “no probability” of finding any land mass further south than “his” Australia. Claims like these didn’t stop brave men from venturing further and further south. By 1820 the continent surrounding the South Pole was found. It stayed well hidden in the Antarctic mist and was the object of many great expeditions. Some in search of its supposed natural resources, some in search of the whales and their blubber, some in search of fame!

When starting the crossing of the infamous Drake passage, we hope that Elephant Island will be our first land fall. Following this chain of Islands we will come to the South Shetland Islands. Its highlights the imploded Deception Island. From there our journey continues to take in the sights of the great white continent. Possible places to visit are Half-moon bay, Paradise harbour, Port Lockroy, al depending on the weather conditions of course. During our stay on the peninsula it would be very possible to be in company of Humpback whales and Fin Whales.

The most Southern continent also has its own kind of fauna like the many penguins, but also a great variety of seals among whom we can hopefully find the fearsome looking Leopard Seal. If the ice allows us we will try to transit the Le Maire channel with it awesome views!

Well Proven Ocean Sailing Ship

Tecla sailed around the world in 2012-13 with Europa and Oosterschelde. She crossed the South and North Atlantic, Indian Ocean, the wild seas of South Australia, raced in the Tasman Sea and sailed across the Pacific to round Cape Horn. She is a fast ship that does well in tall ships races. Run by two Dutch families she likes to create unusual sailing programmes and her crews like to explore ashore with as much energy as they sail the ship.

No experience is necessary, as the professional crew will teach you all you need to know.

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Sea Time

This is a lovely voyage to get into the swing of Ocean sailing, watchkeeping, helming and sail handling all on a regular pattern of duty. In the time off catch up with some reading, writing, art, or just contemplate the sea, life and the universe. You may also join in any maintenance tasks the crew are setting about, all good learning experiences.


Elephant Island

Tecla seal antarctica snowy landscape. Sailing adventures with Classic Sailing
Exploring antarctica

First stop could be Elephant Island which is famous for being where Shackleton and his crew overwintered in 1916 after the lost their ship Endurance. A small part of the crew and Shackleton set off from there to South Georgia to seek a rescue for the entire crew in which they were eventually successful.

elephant island party 1916 by frank hurley

South Shetlands

The South Shetland Islands are a group of Antarctic islands with a total area of 3,687 km². They lie about 120 kilometres north of the Antarctic Peninsula, and between 430 and 900 km southwest of the nearest point of the South Orkney Islands. They have Antarctica bases from different nationalities set up amongst the islands.

Tecla antarctic landscape whale blow

Deception Island

The name is apt. Once you have been there you will understand why!

desolation on deception
macaroni penguins

Drakes Passage , Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel

Once you leave Antarctica you will be crossing Drakes Passage to Cape Horn and South America. Sailing up the Beagle Channel the voyage will end in Puerto Williams in Chile.


Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.


We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.


Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.


Start & End Port

Port Stanley, the Falklands

Travelling to the Falkland Islands:

Air Routes from the UK via RAF Brize Norton or South America


The Falkland Islands, a remote archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean, is a unique travel destination known for its stunning landscapes and rich wildlife. While the islands are located far from the United Kingdom, there are several ways to reach this British Overseas Territory. In this article, we will explore two alternative routes to get to the Falkland Islands, bypassing the popular cruise ship option. We will delve into the possibilities of travelling via the Royal Air Force (RAF) at Brize Norton in the UK or by air through South America.

  1. RAF Brize Norton Route:

For those who prefer flying directly from the UK to the Falkland Islands, the RAF at Brize Norton offers occasional flights. However, it is essential to note that these flights are primarily military in nature and may not always be available for civilian travel. To explore this option, interested individuals should closely monitor announcements made by the Falkland Islands Government, the UK Ministry of Defence, or the Falkland Islands Tourist Board for any updates on civilian flights from Brize Norton.

  1. Travelling via South America:

An alternative route to reach the Falkland Islands is through South America. This option usually involves flying from the UK to a major South American city, followed by a connecting flight to the Falklands. The two primary departure points in South America are Santiago, Chile, and São Paulo, Brazil. From these cities, commercial flights operate to Mount Pleasant Airport, located on East Falkland Island.

  1. a) Santiago, Chile: 

Multiple airlines offer regular flights from the UK to Santiago, the capital of Chile. Once in Santiago, travelers can book connecting flights operated by LATAM or the Falkland Islands’ national airline, LATAM Airlines, which provide service to Mount Pleasant Airport. The duration of the flight from Santiago to Mount Pleasant is approximately five hours.

  1. b) São Paulo, Brazil: 

Travellers from the UK can also fly to São Paulo, Brazil, which serves as another gateway to the Falkland Islands. From São Paulo, LATAM operates flights to Mount Pleasant Airport with a layover in Punta Arenas, Chile. The total travel time varies depending on the duration of the layover, but it typically ranges between 10 to 15 hours.

Important Considerations:

  1. Visa Requirements: Ensure that you have the necessary visas for all countries you will be passing through during your journey. Check the specific visa requirements for Chile, Brazil, and the Falkland Islands in advance.
  2. Flight Availability: As the Falkland Islands are a remote destination, flight schedules may be limited. It is advisable to book flights well in advance and be flexible with travel dates to secure the most suitable options.
  3. Travel Updates: Keep yourself updated with the latest travel advisories, entry requirements, and flight availability by regularly checking the websites of relevant airlines, embassies, and the Falkland Islands Tourist Board.


Travellers can explore alternatives such as civilian flights from RAF Brize Norton (subject to availability) or opt for the South America route, which involves flying from the UK to either Santiago, Chile, or São Paulo, Brazil, and then connecting to Mount Pleasant Airport. Whichever route you choose, the Falkland Islands’ unique landscapes and abundant wildlife promise an unforgettable adventure.


Exploring the Beauty of the Falkland Islands: A Self-Drive Adventure from Stanley

Stanley, the picturesque capital of the Falkland Islands, serves as an excellent starting point for an unforgettable exploration of this remote archipelago. Renting a car in Stanley allows you the freedom to discover the diverse attractions the Falklands have to offer. From historical war sites to intriguing nautical wrecks, captivating wildlife encounters, stunning rock rivers, and the island’s rich sheep farming heritage, there’s something for everyone. In this article, we will guide you through a few days in Stanley, highlighting key attractions and providing useful links and book recommendations to enhance your experience.

Exploring Stanley:

Begin your journey by immersing yourself in the charming streets of Stanley. Admire the vibrant architecture, visit the Falkland Islands Museum to learn about the history and culture of the islands, and enjoy local cuisine at one of the inviting pubs or restaurants.

Hiring a Car:

To fully explore the Falkland Islands, renting a car in Stanley is highly recommended. Several car rental agencies operate in the capital, offering vehicles suitable for the islands’ diverse terrain. Make sure to have a valid driver’s licence and familiarise yourself with local driving regulations.

Falkland War Sites:

  1. Goose Green: Drive southeast of Stanley to Goose Green, the site of a significant battle during the Falklands War. Visit the memorial, pay your respects, and gain insight into the intense conflicts that took place on the islands.
  2. San Carlos: Head west of Stanley to San Carlos, where British forces conducted amphibious landings during the war. Explore the historical sites and monuments that honor those who fought for the Falkland Islands’ liberation.

Nautical Wrecks:

  1. Dos Amigos: Near Stanley Harbor, you can find the partially submerged wreck of the Dos Amigos, a fishing vessel that ran aground in 1989. Discover this haunting sight and reflect on the region’s maritime history.
  2. Lady Elizabeth: Journey north of Stanley to witness the remains of the Lady Elizabeth, a majestic sailing ship that wrecked in 1913. Experience the allure of this skeletal structure, a testament to the challenges faced by seafarers in the Falkland Islands’ treacherous waters.

Wildlife Encounters:

The Falkland Islands are renowned for their abundant wildlife. Keep an eye out for remarkable species such as penguins, seals, albatrosses, and a variety of birdlife. Enjoy the unique opportunity to observe these animals in their natural habitats, both along the coast and inland.

Rock Rivers and Sheep Farming:

Drive through the Falklands’ breathtaking landscapes, where you’ll encounter stunning rock rivers—unique formations created by the erosive forces of nature. Take in the natural beauty and learn about the islands’ sheep farming heritage, a crucial industry that has shaped the Falklands’ culture and economy.


Useful Links:

– Falkland Islands Tourist Board: Official website providing comprehensive information on attractions, accommodations, and activities: [](

Book Recommendations:

  1. “The Falkland Islands: The Land and Wildlife” by Robin and Anne Lee: A beautifully illustrated guidebook highlighting the Falkland Islands’ natural wonders, wildlife, and landscapes.
  2. “The Falklands War” by Martin Middlebrook: A definitive account of the 1982 conflict, providing historical context and personal testimonies.
  3. “Wildlife of the Falkland Islands” by Ian Strange: A comprehensive guidebook featuring the diverse flora and fauna of the Falkland Islands, including tips on wildlife spotting and photography
  4. “Falklands War 1982” by Duncan Anderson: A comprehensive account of the Falklands War, including a detailed exploration of key battle sites and events.
  5. “Wrecks and Reefs: A Guide to the Historic Wrecks and Marine Life of the Falkland Islands” by Richard and Sharna Aston: A captivating book that delves into the nautical wrecks and marine biodiversity of the Falkland Islands.
  6. “The Battle for the Falklands” by Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins: A comprehensive account of the Falklands War, shedding light on the conflict’s history, strategies, and impact.


Spending a few days based in Stanley and embarking on a self-drive adventure in the Falkland Islands opens up a world of discovery. From exploring war sites and nautical wrecks to encountering unique wildlife, marvelling at rock rivers, and immersing yourself in

Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes

By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.

Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.

UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.

North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.

Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.

Australia:Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.

Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs. 

If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.


Puerto Williams, Chile

Kit List

Not all sailing areas require the same gear, the same foul weather equipment or even the same shorts. But some items you must always bring. In this kit list we hope to give you a small insight in what to bring, but of course, please consider this list might not encumber all that you would wish to take!
Very important is that your bag or small suitcase needs to be stored in the room, under your bed, there is limited space – so bring a foldable bag! the following is Tecla's standard included/excluded and kit list. Below this you can find more specific info and kit lists dependant on sailing area.

What's Included (Standard)

  • Coffee and tea
  • Blanket, sheets, pillow and covers (for longer voyages there will be clean bed linen)
  • 3-4 crew members guiding the group
  • 1 towel
  • For longer voyages you can wash clothes once halfway through the voyage

What's not Included (Standard)

  • Soda and alcoholic drinks 
  • Landing fees and Paid excursions ashore
  • Transfer to and from the vessel
  • Visa if needed
  • You can not wash clothes on board on shorter voyages

What should you always bring

  • Soap (preferably parabens and plastic free)
  • Tooth brush & Toothpaste
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Socks (at least until halfway through the voyage)
  • Underwear (at least until halfway through the voyage)
  • Binoculars (if you like bird watching, we have a pair on board, but it stays in the back close
    to the navigational area, it does not go on hikes)
  • Sunscreen
  • Photocamera (or you can ask other guests for their pictures)
  • Chargers for electrical equipment – there is 220v with central European plugs and a usb
    plug in the cabin
  • Day pack rug sack or small bag for hikes.
  • Water bottle for hikes
  • A good mood and an open mind
  • Passport
  • Visa if required
  • Valid Insurance papers
  • Personal Medicines
  • Seasickness pills if you need them

Ocean Crossing

When the ocean crossing is not part of the Southern Ocean sailing (so no South Georgia or Antarctica included) the crossings are usually in warm weather. Going from North to South, please be advised that the weather in the Falkland Islands is cool and wet! So also bring at
least one set of warm clothing.

  • Waterproof jacket (can be sailing gear, but hiking gear, light weight jackets are very nice as well)
  • Waterproof pants
  • T shirts (at least 5)
  • Shorts (at least 2)
  • Long pants
  • Light / cool footwear with grip on deck (can be flipflops or sandles)
  • Waterproof boots / footwear
  • Swimming outfit
  • Sunhat
  • Merino wool thermal wear (can be light weight)
  • Water bottle (yes it said so in what always to bring, but during warm days, this is really a must!)

Greenland & Iceland

If there are any items you usually take on your hikes, and they are easy to take in your luggage, don’t forget to bring them!

  • Hiking waterproof pant
  • Hiking waterproof jacket
  • Wool sweater
  • A lightweight down jacket can be very nice
  • Warm head wear
  • Buff or neck scarf
  • Gloves against the cold, not necessarily for sailing
  • Long pants
  • T Shirt
  • Sweater
  • Merino Wool full under layer (at least 1 full set, depending on length voyage, 2 sets)

Falkland, South Georgia & Antarctica

On the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica there are different levels of Bio-Security we will have to comply with. To make it easy on yourself we recommend you bring one set of hiking gear that you would like to use on shore, that is completely cleaned at home. This means Velcro is cleaned and does not contain any seeds or pollen. Your pockets are empty of any seeds, pollen, sand etc. Your boots are cleaned, no sand or mud on them.
This way, getting ready for the first landing becomes a walk in the park. For more information on Bio Security, please contact us.

These surroundings can be very cold, especially on longer watches. And also because these areas are protected, we ask you to take at least two sets of wet weather gear, with one of them at least completely clean. If you have sailing gear, perfect, but also bring some light weight, waterproof hiking gear. We recommend goretex pro of any brand. This is tough and durable. Often easy to clean and light weight.

For the cold

  • Merino wool 180/200gr thermal underwear (at least 3 sets)
  • Down jacket (if possible 800/900gr filling is the best)
  • Down jacket (700gr) or windstopper jacket
  • Woolen sweater
  • Warm head wear
  • Buff or neck scarf
  • Gloves against the cold, not necessarily for sailing (two pairs)

For the Rain

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof hiking footwear
  • Waterproof hiking jacket
  • Waterproof hiking pants

In the cold, making layers is important. If there is no rain, most 800gr down jackets with a merino wool layer underneath are warm enough. If it rains, most jackets do not fit over the down jacket. Therefore we recommend layer one merino wool, layer two a woollen sweater, layer three a thinner down jacket or wind stopper and layer four your water proof jacket.

Of course we understand that not everybody has these items in their closet. Please contact us if you are unsure what to pack.

North West Passage or Taste of the North West Passage

Summer in the Northern Territories of Canada can be cold, but they can be beautiful and warm as well. During the 2019 voyage we have had days of 2 degrees and days of 19 degrees. We had nights of 0 degrees, but also nights with a warm land breeze, where a woollen sweater and merino under layer were enough.

  • Hiking waterproof pants
  • Hiking waterproof jacket
  • Wool sweater
  • Warm head wear
  • Buff or neck scarf
  • Gloves against the cold, not necessarily for sailing
  • Long pants
  • T Shirt
  • Sweater
  • Merino Wool full under layer (at least 3 full sets)
  • Down jacket (if possible 800/900gr filling is the best)
  • Down jacket (700gr) or windstopper jacket
  • Waterproof boots
  • Hiking shoes


This trip fulfilled my desire for adventure sailing as we transited the north coast of Iceland, along the Arctic Circle. Even though it was rough, the boat and crew performed admirably.


An enjoyable week in less than ideal weather conditions. The crew were competent and friendly, the catering excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a voyage on Tecla.


A great mix of sailing in Scottish waters, some super hikes and an opportunity to see some of the immensely important historical sites in the Orkneys and Sheltands.  

Mooring alongside in the Fair Isles was a great privilege.  

The ocean passage to the Faroes was quiet but as a result we were blessed with clear skies whilst slinking in and out of the islands and some of the best coastal views one could hope to see anywhere.  

The ocean passage to Iceland was a bit of a bimble until we were 60 miles off and then it got exciting.  Thanks to a great skipper and permanent crew we snuggled into a fjord whilst the cruise ship ran aground in Reykjavik harbour.  A good holiday, an adventure and fun.


Any initial doubts as to the number and experience of the crew were very quickly dispelled and we were impressed with the knowledge and the handling skills of the skipper and the 2 mates. Every opportunity was taken to enhance our enjoyment on both voyages and at every stage we were made to feel relaxed and under no obligation to crew the ship under sometimes testing (but enjoyable) conditions. As an observation, we must congratulate the skipper for her culinary skills under difficult conditions..........the food was perfect for the voyage.


A delight. A competent and engaging professional crew, an interesting voyage with some challenges and some great rewards. Good companions to make the log spin around.


Brilliant. I would do it again tomorrow. And good value too. The food was excellent. I loved the spicy meatballs and my wife loved the fresh langoustines.


Most enjoyable classic sailing with great food, a true sense of teamwork, great guidance and a good sense of humour. Can't get any better. 


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