An Update from the Bark Europa’s Current Antarctic Voyage

The Bark Europa is currently sailing on her fourth Antarctic voyage of the season. While she’s at sea, the crew and trainees write blog posts, which I enjoy following (even though they make me seriously jealous) ! I was struck by this recent post, written by a trainee named Paula: Where else are mountains rearing straight out of crystal clear … More An Update from the Bark Europa’s Current Antarctic Voyage

The Pearl Button Takes Home Best Screenplay

Last year, I had the incredible opportunity to sail with Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman on a filming expedition for his upcoming documentary, The Pearl Button. We explored the Chilean coast aboard the SRV Saoirse with Patricio and his small team, capturing the wild, sometimes haunting beauty of the Patagonian coast; the essence of the water, the ice, and … More The Pearl Button Takes Home Best Screenplay

What It Feels Like to Be In Antarctica

Antarctica is impossible. Impossibly beautiful; a place of inconceivable extremes. At times, Antarctica overwhelms you with a sense of absolute peacefulness and silence. Ice and snow and sea stretch out all around you, immersing you in an incredible stillness. Seals and penguins glide through the water. Beautiful, graceful birds soar overhead. The sun filters through white clouds … More What It Feels Like to Be In Antarctica

Vamos a La Playa: Going for a Swim in Antarctica

Looks can be deceiving. Deception Island, located in Antarctica’s South Shetland Islands, was named for just that reason. Appearing to be an ordinary island, Deception in fact is a volcanic crater, forming a ring with a narrow entrance into a large bay named Port Foster. Ships can sail directly into the flooded volcanic crater– truly remarkable– through Neptune’s Bellows, … More Vamos a La Playa: Going for a Swim in Antarctica

My First Sighting & First Footsteps on Antarctica

The Drake Passage may be nasty, but even when we were struggling through the worst of it on our way south, my spirits were always lifted by what awaited us: Antarctica. On our first voyage, I kept pinching myself– I couldn’t believe I was actually sailing to Antarctica aboard the Bark Europa. How could this be … More My First Sighting & First Footsteps on Antarctica