Hitchhiking #3: Thanks to the amazing organisational skills of our skipper Cath, we and the tired and exhausted group were generously welcomed on board the Polish yacht 'Selma'. The 'Selma' was already full with 10 divers, crew and equipment, but somehow they managed to accommodate the eight of us, plus our skis, all our equipment and 16 sledges. They fed us very well, brought us back to our yacht and at 3 o'clock in the morning we crashed out in our bunks dead to the world.
Hitchhiking #4: Our next "lift" was with the French Pod Orange. The plan was that they would tow us a few kilometres out into the open sea so that we could set sail on our own to cross back over the Drake Passage. Two-and-a-half days later, they were still towing us. There was no wind. Not a breath!
Hitchhiking #5: Pod Orange had to leave us, otherwise they would be unable to make it to Ushuaia in time. In the middle of the Drake Passage they handed us over to the Russian yacht 'RusArc Aurora', who generously towed us the rest of the way to the Argentine mainland.
Text: Ralf Dujmovits