October in the hands of the Chilean Armada Navy,
star light evenings of spectacular sunset for fast down wind sailing into a
thick fog on mainland Chile. Steerage on radar and plotter west of Quiriquina
Island, visibility close to zero to find the orange buoy and then pole down
rigging away to motor into the Marina Manzano.
whole zone is naval base Talcahuano. Sunrise
to pelicans and sea lions. A VIP tour of the historic eighteen hundreds
iron gun boat RH Huascar. A prize from the Peruvian wars.
HMS Sheffield now Chilean FF19 the Admiral Williams berthed on the concrete. Bow
like a razor, decks adorned with technology and missile. Beyond in retirement
lay a Leander frigate chained to a destroyer. Square rigged training ship
Esmeralda four towering wooden masts beyond.
City of Conception was half an hour up the road. Modern Malls, Riply, Johnsons
& Paris, Lider and Sodimac.
was yacht club regatta day. Fifteen multi class yachts rigged for action amongst
the warships. Quiriquina Island is the Chilean Armada training school and the
regatta was set for a lap of honour to finish on the school quay EG.
the start gun fired an Armada Navy rib rushed us out to the Navy Pilot boat for
a VIP tour of the sailing fleet, modern Kevlar sails and spinnakers alongside
classic wooden sloops. Travellers from England, twelve thousand nautical miles,
a grand welcome. Escuela De Grumetes ‘EG’ gold pins on our lapels, welcom fit
for heros of the ocean, a tremendous reception in the hands of the Chilean