Why Yaghan on the web?

This is the Yaghan website. The purpose  was to keep contact with interested friends in Sweden and abroad during our circumnavigation. A website with a blog is the most efficient way to do this. We also hope that it can be of joy to a few odd blue water sailors.

On Yaghan we used to run wireless Internet at sea via satellite Inmarsat Fleet 77. From 2008 we run via Fleet Broadband 250 with the Fleet 77 as back up. That gives us MPDS ( you pay for the data volume not the time ) with a speed up to 280 kbit and global coverage between 76 degrees north and south. That meens that we get  good Internet speed in all relevant places in the southern hemisphere including the Antarctic Peninsula and in the northern hemisphere with the exception of Spitsbergen.

In harbour we run Internet via Ericsson W25 that uses the mobile systems and local SIM cards. That is faster and less expensive.

What is Yaghan?

Yaghan is a Hallberg-Rassy 62 delivered 2003. The hull length is 18,88 m and the beam is 5,15 m. The designer is German Frers. The displacement is 33 tons but the actual weight - with full tanks - is 40 tons. The yacht was built and equipped with a future circumnavigation in mind. Click here if you want to see Yaghans interior layout. We normally sail her on two people. That is also the case during the circumnavigation. Because you need a watch system when you do longer trips that means that the boat must be possible to sail single handed. It works thanks to the Hallberg-Rassy push button sailing concept.

The first Yaghan was a Hallberg-Rassy 46 delivered in March 1998. The hull length was 14,78 m and the beam 4,40m. The displacement was 16 tons but the actual weight - as she was - was 20 tons. It was with the 46 that we got confidence in the Hallberg-Rassy push button sailing concept. If you want to read more about Hallberg-Rassy you can click here.

Where does the name come from?

Yaghan was the name of a tribe on the islands around  Cape Horn in the old times. They were known to be very good swimmers - especially the women. Arne spent New Years Eve 1994/95 on the Cape Horn - cliff and became very fond of the place. On New Years Day 1995 he rounded the Horn on a 50 footer. The nature round the Beagle canal is very impressive with beautiful waterways surrounded by mountains that can be 1000 -1500 meters high. This experience created a wish to return to the area and to sail in the Patagonian archipelago. It also created a dream to sail to Antarctica - only 500 nautical miles south of the Horn. If you want to read an article about Arne´s rounding of Cape Horn click here.

Where has Yaghan sailed before the circumnavigation?

The following longer trips have been done with Yaghan - the 46 and the 62- before the circumnavigation:

By clicking on the name of a route you will se a chart that will show the exact way that Yaghan sailed on each trip.

Yaghans circumnavigation 2006-2009

To circumnavigate  is a dream that most blue water sailors have somewhere deep inside. We are not unique in this respect. On September 27  2005 Yaghans circumnavigation was annonced. She departed on June 1 2006 and  returned  home again on July 17 2009. The only crew members were Heléne and Arne.

The idea of a circumnavigation became serious when Arne rounded Cap Horn on New Year 1995/96. 1997 we ordered our first real blue water cruiser - a Hallberg-Rassy 46  named Yaghan. Before that Arne had owned eight boats - most of them aimed at racing rather than cruising. By year 2000 our plans had matured so we dared to order an even bigger blue water cruiser - a Hallberg-Rassy 62. The yacht was equipped with a future circumnavigation in mind and was delievered 2003. She has extra large dieseltanks (2400 litres), extra large generator (16 kW), Internet with global coverage via Inmarsat Fleet 77 for communication and weatherforecasts, AIS, Transas electronic charts covering the globe, electric stove (no liquefied petroleum gas), SSB and Iridium. We sailed her 12.000 nautical miles before we left Sweden and were convinced that we could not find a better boat for a circumnavigation with only two people on board. Among other things we sailed her to Iceland 2003.

The circumnavigation was 44.000 nautical miles. Thats is pretty much the same distance  Heléne and Arne have sailed together during the 10 years before the circumnavigation..

The route followed in the wake of James Cooks first circumnavigation with Endeavour 1768-1771 when he " discovered " Australia and New Zealand. An original chart showing Cooks first voyage is hanging in Yaghans saloon. The only difference between this route and Yaghans is that Cook never got to Antarctica.  Click here if you want to see Yaghans route. The circumnavigation can be followed in Yahgans blog. Pictures are in the photo galleries - one covering Stockholm - New Zealand and the second covering New Zealand - Stockholm.

Cook is unique i many ways. He was the first sailor in world history that really knew where he was. Just before Cooks first journey the 500 year old problem with sailors being able to calculate their latitude but not their longitude got two solutions. On the first journey the longitude was determined by observations of the moon - a complicated method on a ship at sea. On the second and third journey he used Harrissons clock that was just invented. This problem is not so big on a modern yacht like Yaghan with five GPS on board and electronic charts fore the entire world in three different computers.

Cook was also the first sailor to cross the Antarctic Circle as he sailed south of 66,5 degrees but he never saw Antarctica. Yaghan spent two weeks in Antarctica over Christmas and New Year 2006/2007.

During Cooks second voyage he became the first to circumnavigate from west to east. He sailed in the roaring forties round Antarctica. Very much the same route as the Volvo Ocean Race used to sail. That voyage took three years. Only one of a crew of 118 was killed on that voyage - unique at that time. The goal to return home with the entire crew alive is of course even more important for a yacht like Yaghan with a crew of two!!! Cook is a model as a sailor and a human being. He was bold but he always tried to reduce the risks by using the best technology available.

He should never have done his third voyage. His health was not good enough. Like many people in business and politics he did not have the good sence to quit in time. The purpose was to find the Northwest passage - the passage north of the American continent. He did not find it. Instead he found Hawaii where he was killed by the natives. More than 100 years later Roald Amundsen became the first to sail the Northwest Passage in 1906. The first commercial ship to sail it was Lindblad Explorer in 1984 under the command of master Hasse Nilsson.

Yaghans weather information

Good weather information is of vital importance when you sail the oceans.The most important element in Yaghans weather service is the weather program SPOS. SPOS is used by merchant vessels all over the world. You can get weather charts for any part of the globe. You enter your own weather critera - for exemple maximum wind speed and maximum significant wave hight - into the model and the program creates the most optimal route. 

Yaghans position today

If you want to see Yaghans position today click here. Click on "vessel" and write "Yaghan" in the search engine and you will get her position.

 

© Arne Mårtensson 2012