Two man bid to cross Drake Passage on Hobie 21
South African catamaran sailor Duncan Ross,39 and 45- year-old Betão Pandiani, Brazilian cat sailor, 45 years old are trying to cross the legendary Drake Passage on an open catamaran.
They arrived at Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, after towing their Hobie 21 overland from São Paulo, Brazil. And made training sails in the Beagle Channel.
From Ushuaia, Betão and Duncan will leave towards Antarctica. They will sail for 15 days in the Beagle Channel, named after the ship that took Darwin and Fitz Roy to explore the region, for adaptation and acclimatization.
Betão and Duncan will be accompanied on the journey by the Kotic II, a 63′ steel boat, skipped by the experienced Oleg Beli, to Puerto Willians. Oleg will be joined by Makoto Ishebe, cameraman and climber and by Júlio Fiadi, photographer and sailor.
With the water temperature between 2 and 6 degrees Celsius and winds that can reach 60 knots the crossing is a challenge to be reckoned with.
When they reach the Peninsula, Betão Pandiani and Duncan Ross will be the first sailors in the world to cross the Drake Passage on an open boat without cabin.
Betão and Duncan will then follow the 300 miles coast from the Peninsula to the Antarctic Polar Circle.