|Position:||54°48’ S, 068°17’ W|
|Wind:||SW force 6|
It was a very exciting day in Ushuaia, with the strong wind blowing the clouds along, plus the occasional moment of sunshine. Walking eagerly up the gangway for the first time we were at last aboard Ortelius, our new travelling home. During the embarkation process we had a real taste of Ushuaia weather when the wind was very strong and the rain was very heavy. As soon as we had received our cabin keys and settled in, we began to explore the ship, beginning the process of getting to know our new home.
However, it wasn’t long before we were gathered together - firstly in the lecture room and then in the bar for a variety of briefings and introductions. Information was imparted by the safety officer, the expedition leader, the hotel manager and our captain. The expedition team also introduced themselves. Before the first of many dinners on the ship we got the chance to try on our big, orange lifejackets and to have a look inside the big orange lifeboats. The ship left the dock at 18.00 and went past a large, Argentinian sailing ship. Once the formalities were over we were able to enjoy the stormy sights of the majestic Beagle Channel, as we headed east towards the open sea. On the way we passed the southernmost town in the world, Puerto Williams in Chile.