Wed 10 Feb 2010 22:20
Wind: West, moderate breeze
Weather: Overcast, showers, cool
The wind arrived late last night, and when the cloud lifted a little and I looked up to the mountains this morning to see that they had been capped with a fresh fall of snow.
Today's mission was to get the heater working. It hasn't been used in quite a while and had accumulated some minor rust and grime so I dismantled the whole thing, cleaned it all up and put it back together again. The kerosene tank is blocked once more, a messy job unblocking the pipes but it is done. I need to put in a new tank and when I can find something suitable I will do so but for now we have to make do with what we have. Tomorrow I will purchase some fuel and hopefully we will ba able to heat up the boat a bit, not that the temperature is too bad at the moment, 9 degrees C, but it will be nice to ba able to dry things out a bit and it is only going to get colder form here.
Not much to say about Ushuaia itself at this stage, as Jenny´s skipper Jan noted, basically a tourist town with all the associated paraphernalia that goes with it. On the plus side I have found a bookstore with a small but high quality English section and couldn't resist buying two books, "Great Short Works of Herman Melville" and "Selections from Don Quixote, a dual language book", maybe this latter will help my Spanish a little.
Here at the yacht club I have made no social contacts yet. There are three charter boats alongside, one of them Australian, but they seem to be in a different world. There are also two US boats, a Russian, a Japanese single hander, and a couple of others I haven't looked at very closely. No one has said hello yet so I potter around and do my own thing.
All is well.
Alas, alack, the fish is gone. Still it made a very nice change from the hard tack. Thank you Adrian. Now 'tis time for a little . . . Zzzzzzz.