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At sea Drake Passage

Minerva has left Antarctica and is heading back to Ushuaia. There is always a little apprehension about crossing the notorious seas of the Drake Passage that separates the Antarctic Peninsula from South America. Yet the sea has continued to be kind to us. There was little wind and only a low swell. Minerva is a very stable vessel and we have been making a good 15 knots on an even keel. We have packed in a lot of activities in the last few days so as to make the most of our visit to Antarctica, so some rest and relaxation was in order. There was still plenty to do with a varied programme of lectures and other activities. Time could be well-spent looking through hundreds of digital images to find the best to use in presentations back home. There was also time to gather at the stern to watch the albatrosses and other seabirds that are once again gathering in the ship's wake.

In the evening there was the formal Captain's Farewell Cocktail Party and Dinner. This was a very sociable occasion, although the knowledge that our adventure is coming to an end.


Onboard photo coach, Richard, gives his final lecture, entitled: I've got the shot - now what do I do?

Captain's farewell party with a plethora of colorful drinks.

This is a good moment to relax and reminisce about our expedition.

And also, to present the winners of this voyage's photo competition, here is the winner of the 'Wildlife' category.

And here is the winner of the 'Penguin' category.

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