I have heard of our seasons in one day, never 4 sets of emotions. I will be sad to leave this place, it gets under your skin. We have enjoyed meeting the people of Puerto Williams, there was Cotcha the fixer, Dennis the map man , the fellow yachties , oh and the friendly drunk we met in the restaurant a few nights ago. He entertained us with his three words of English, however we were sad to find out today that he had died in a car accident during the week we have been away and his funeral was today as we left. Quite sad really.
As we left there was a great snowball fight across the boats all rafted up on the dock ( the McAlvie ) quite a multi national affair, Canadians and English on our boat, the Dutch on yacht Santana, the French on Pod Orange, the German and Chilean on yacht Polar Wind and finally the Chilean from the yacht club McAlvie. Great fun.
And so, the start of our epic adventure . We left Puerto Williams in beautiful sunlight with snow capped mountains surrounding in the Beagle Channel. ........and so it begins. We dip our toe in the adventure with a three day passage to the Falklands .
Well we have now immediately started in to the watch programme. Combinations of three and or four hours on watch to off watch over a two day cycle, this will be the system until the Falklands, we will then hopefully have 2 days off, before the main leg to Cape Town.
Wildlife. As we tracked east through the Beagle channel we had a migration of cormorants surround the boat in an arrow head formation. I missed a massive pod of dolphins which surrounded the boat and played in the bow wave and the wake. The night watch had the company of various birds, petrels swooped and hopped over the waves and were silhouetted in the moonlight. There are Cape petrels and Wilson storm petrels to name but a few.
Cape Horn is absent from the travel plan. The bad weather we had on the 22nd put a stop to any plans to go there. The trip to the Horn would have been a possibility if the weather had not taken a turn for the worst. In the ever " cup half full " mode we would not have had the opportunity visit the glacier and the rest of the Beagle Channel had the weather allowed us to go to the Horn. The is always a next time!!!!!!
The first night watch was kind to us. Full moon and a sky with only a few clouds so this allowed us to keep some horizon. No rain or snow. There were a few places where the sea swell was considerable so most of crew are heartily tucking in to the Stugeron supplies. Andy unfortunately was poorly, shortly followed by me but it was quickly over and we were off watch so went to bed which is the easiest solution and woke up feeling fine. Night watches one down... How many to go?