Day 1 Williams to Caleta Santa Rosa

Caramor - sailing around the world
Franco Ferrero / Kath Mcnulty
Thu 23 Jun 2016 01:31
Day 1 Williams to Caleta Santa Rosa

54:54.15S 68:09.74W

Yesterday was a busy day, our final preparations included applying for a ‘zarpe’ (permission to leave harbour) from the Chilean Navy, moving Caramor to an outside berth and saying ‘goodbye’ to our friends.

Francisco Evans, the boatswain for the Micalvi, came to say goodbye. He has helped us a great deal by finding all the bits we needed that were simply not available in any of the shops in Williams.

Francisco and Franco

Once all was done, we set off for tea at Café Puerto Louisa, our favourite haunt in Williams. We made our farewells to Valeria, the lovely lady who runs it and she insisted on giving us one of her fabulous cakes. It has a diameter of 12” so will keep us going for several days!

At 8am this morning, we pushed off from Mollymawk and enjoyed a flat water motor to Caleta Santa Rosa, still on Isla Navarino and practically opposite Ushuaia in Argentina. 

Caramor converted to a supertanker, motoring in flat calm and bright sunshine

The entrance through kelp to  Santa Rosa was particularly narrow but given the lack of wind was easy to negotiate. We dropped anchor just after noon and ate our lunch in the sunshine on the bow.

The entrance seen from inside Caleta Santa Rosa

Shortly after dark, the satellite phone rang, the first time ever. It was the Navy, checking our position. The line was poor and the guy’s accent fairly terrible so the conversation took a little time, long enough to bankrupt Chile!