(Learn about) Cape Horn & Drake Passage
Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
90Trip End Aug 17, 2013
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The Drake Passage is 600 miles wide, and the average depth is about 11,000 feet. The Drake Passage is considered the most dangerous waters of the world. The waves can be 45-65 feet tall, and the winds reach to 180mph. The Antarctic summer is December-March and the winter is June-September. During the summer, there isn't much ice in the Drake Passage (that's why it was the only time available for cruising).
Around all of Antarctica, there is something called the Circumpolar Current. This is a huge current that flows continuously around the continent. Because there is no land to block it, it goes very fast. The estimated rate of flow is between 3,400 and 5,300 million cubic feet. When it flows through the Drake Passage, it is constricted into the gap, making the water and winds higher. After you get past the Circumpolar Current and into the Southern Ocean, the waters are more calm. You can actually feel it instantly.