A Good Day's Sail (in the rain)

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Tue 4 May 2010 23:33

Position: 53 34.45 S 072 24.50 W
At anchor Caleta Tilley, Isla Carlos III
Wind: northwest to morth F3-4 gentle to moderate breeze
Weather: overcast, rain, cool.
Day’s Run: 18 nm (34nm sailed,)

When I awoke this morning to my surprise there at anchor a little way astern of us was the yacht Persimon, owned by fellow Australian Ian, whom I had last seen in Ushuaia . After weighing anchor, and a good sized lump of kelp, I exchanged greetings on my way past. They had arrived at 2 in the morning and were planning on getting underway in an hour or so.  We agreed to stay in touch on the VHF radio.

Today’s sail, despite near continuous steady rain was the best Sylph has experienced for a long time. We had full sail up for most of it and while we had headwinds and a strong tidal stream against us for much of the day, and rain, it was an interesting and reasonably challenging sail. I found ways to avoid the worst of the current and even find counter currents, tacking behind islands, close past rocks and into bays. Eventually the stream turned and towards dark became favourable. By this time we were just off Bahia Tilley where I sailed to anchor and about an hour later Persimon joined us.

Now I am about to go across and enjoy some fresh crab which Ian and his crew exchanged with the hardy fisherman I waved to yesterday.

All is well.

Bob Cat:

Yes a better day, and the heater is on, but still only hard tack for nourishment   And I hear the skipper is going to enjoy some seafood this evening, Meowarggh! … zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.