As professional sailors, we get to sail every day, all season long. Sounds like a dream, right? I can tell you from experience that reaching past the Statue of Liberty under full sail never gets old, even after hundreds of sails.
But even those with dream jobs have dreams, so over the next week or so, we’ll share one bucket-list sailing destination from a member of our team. So if you’re brainstorming your next sailing getaway, take a look at these suggestions and see if any spark your interest. Also, if you need crew…we may be available.
Inside Passage to Tierra del Fuego
If you want to get away from it all, you can’t get much farther than the literal end of the earth. Tierra del Fuego is the southernmost point in the Americas. Although it’s been populated for thousands of years, Europeans first learned of it through Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage of circumnavigation in 1520. It’s where the currents of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans violently clash, and until the completion of the Panama Canal in 1914, “Rounding Cape Horn” was a treacherous but necessary passage to transport goods by sea from one American coast to the other.
Logan would opt for a more leisurely cruise inland, through the fjords and channels of Chile, which provide stunning views of both enormous rock formations and shimmering glaciers. If you want to get back to nature, this is the way to do it. In fact, Logan would be following a course charted by another great naturalist, Charles Darwin om The Beagle, who explored this area in 1830, leaving its mark on the territory with locales like The Beagle Channel and Mount Darwin. In writing about Tierra del Fuego Darwin said, “It is scarcely possible to imagine anything more beautiful than the beryl-like blue of these glaciers, and especially as contrasted with the dead white of the upper expanse of snow.”
We hear you, Logan. NYC sailing is incredible, but when you need to get away from it all—like really, really away—you can’t pick a more pristine spot than the fjords of southern Chile and Tierra del Fuego.