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Date: 17 Sep 2016 01:51:49
Title: Day 34 Puerto Larenas to Caleta Noel

47:59.2S 73:59.52W

Warm sunny days give way to cold still nights and this frosty morning we awoke to a thin veneer of ice forming on the mirror surface of the cove.

“Use four lines where you think two will do” was the advice of our friends in Puerto Williams before we set off in June, but last night was so still we wouldn’t even have needed the anchor to hold us in place. Last night wasn’t the only quiet night either, we are convinced sailing the Canales in winter was the right decision. Our friends who sailed through in the summer reported non-stop strong winds and rain. 

As spring progresses, it is light until 8pm, the snow has disappeared from all but the highest peaks and the weather pattern has settled down to a couple of days of northerly winds with rain followed by several fine days of sunshine and light southerly breezes. 

As we departed from Puerto Larenas, we had little hope for wind but before long it picked up from the west, and blew us at 5 knots along Canal Baker. We made Caleta Noel in good time and spent the rest of the afternoon sunbathing in the cockpit. It’s hell but someone’s got to do it!

Canal Baker looking east


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