On the 21st of October, 1529, a daring ocean expedition, which had embarked from Spain in September of the previous year, made a historic discovery that would change the world forever. The Portuguese sailor and explorer Ferdinand Magellan, after having travelled more than 10,000 kilometers, sailed into the far eastern entrance of the marine passage that links the southern Atlantic with the Pacific Ocean: Magellan Strait, originally called the Strait of the Patagones. This discovery was a key factor for the first oceanic circumnavigation of our planet.
485 years later…
At dawn on the 12th of February 2006, we will be initiating the third edition of the PATAGONIAN EXPEDITION RACE® . On this day, the racers will find themselves in a historic landscape, with views of the southern Atlantic Ocean as well as of the eastern entrance of Magellan Strait. The first section of the race will be following the same route that Ferdinand Magellan took, through the strait that today bears his name.
The route of PATAGONIAN EXPEDITION RACE® 2006 will take us travelling through more than 700 kilometers of the vast landscape of southern Patagonia, from the southern Atlantic Ocean to the channels that connect the South American continent to the Pacific, and then will take us further and further south… We will cross broad and expansive steppe plains, glacier covered mountains, pristine islands, labyrinthine canals, icy rivers, extensive peat bogs, deep ravines, and dense forest. In this landscape, isolated from the rest of the world and uninhabited by humankind, every day we will be amazed by the landscape and by the wildlife: penguins, ñandu (or southern rhea, an ostrich-like bird), the rare endemic deer called huemúl, guanacos (wild relatives of the llama), foxes, sea lions, and possibly even whales and other marine mammals. It will be a long and hard expedition, in some of the most isolated and pristine parts of southern Patagonia… it will be a grand adventure, in the style that is both unique to and characteristic of the PATAGONIAN EXPEDITION RACE®.
Assistance to the teams will be minimal, and will be undertaken by the race organization. The details of the route, and the exact location of the starting point, will remain secret until one day before the starting date of the race. The center of operations will be in the city of Punta Arenas, Chile–We look forward to seeing you there!
Chemari Bustillo – Javier Rodriguez
Juanjo Alonso – Ann Meidinger
Mike Melnick – Sean Verret
Katrina Rosen – Dan Wolfrom
Heather Graz – Michael Graz
Wessel Cronje – Jonathan St. Claire
Jeff La Force
Andres Pivcevic – Natalia Armijo
Andres Fernandez – Pablo Fernandez
Christian Burke – Jayson Browne
Bernice Pierson – Jon Bonwick
|Final Results – PER 2006|
Total Race Time
1 – Buff
2 – Alberta Adventure Racing
10 – Feed the Machines
3 – Mad Scientists
7 – DAP-Antarctica