Falkland Islands

Sailing around the 800 islands that make up the Falklands is not dangerous, but it is an adventure, rarely attempted by yachtsmen. Which, is a pity because the wildlife is stunning, more so than Antarctica and the scenery quite different, not dissimilar to the Western Isles of Scotland. Many of the yachts that put into the main harbour, Port Stanley are coming or going from Antarctica or Patagonia and consider it only as a transit point with good air communications to the UK and South America. This makes it even more attractive, at least to me; it is the road less trod with Bays, quiet anchorages, great hiking and diving. While some famous yachtsmen and women have sailed the islands since, the best pilotage guide remains one from 1983 by then Royal Marine Major, Ewen Southby Tailyour. The hand drawn charts and information found in Falkland Island Shores formed the basis of British landing plans during the 82’ Falklands War and can be your inspiration to discover this amazing cruising ground. The islands are home to the Black Browed Albatross, countless sea birds, sea lions, seals and five species of penguin, including the King. Almost all land outside of the well protected harbour at Stanley is privately owned farm or moor land that can be visited by prior arrangement. Locals are friendly and knowledgeable regarding local flora, fauna and history of the islands. Most are descendants of original settlers. It’s not just a stopping off point, it’s a little known or appreciated gem.

Text and image source: owenclarke