Across the Pacific

16 00 Position: 23 34.7 S   070 33.0 W
Course: 290 Speed 3.5 knots
Wind: West sou’ west F3 Gentle Breeze
Weather: Sunny, warm

This morning I enjoyed a final morning coffee with John the Alaskan, also Jorge the skipper of a neighbouring rich dude’s yacht joined us for a while. We jested a little about matters of the heart, which did me no harm and helped to keep events of the last month in perspective. Life is way too short to take these things too seriously, and there is still so much to see and do. It would indeed be very nice to have a companion to share all this with, but it certainly isn’t mandatory to be able to enjoy and appreciate it all.

The various people from customs, immigration and the navy all eventually turned up to complete the necessary paperwork, and a little after midday we (now only Sylph and I) had formal permission to proceed on our way. At 12.30 I let go the bow line to the dock, recovered the stern anchor and motored out the boat harbour and into Bahia Mareno where I set sail to a light south-westerly breeze. Close hauled on the port tack we are making good a course of a little north of west making good 3 ½ knots. It is good to be sailing again. Now I feel we are at last on the final run, setting off to cross the last and biggest ocean to complete Sylph’s first circumnavigation. Hooray!

17.30 and we have just passed clear of Punta Tetas, I could not help myself but let out a whoop of joy to think that South America is now behind us.

All is well.