Yearly Archives: 2015

Chiloé

A dinghy

A dinghy

Marina Quinched
42:34.69S 073:45.36W

The highlight of our last night at Jechica was being disturbed by the patter of tiny feet running around the deck just after we went to bed and Paula seeing a little face peeking in through the portlight over the bunk. I hopped out into the dodger with the torch and found the owner of the face Read more ›



Chonos Archipelago

S 44 25’13, W 073 51’60
The breeze that we were waiting for when I left you at the end of the last blog entry never came which meant that we continued on overnight to make our entry into the Chonos Archipelago via Canal Darwin. Read more ›



Some fine weather

Puerto Eden

Puerto Eden

After a couple of days waiting for weather in Caleta Colibri we got going again on the 16th and entered Canal Concepcion where we made good progress but were thwarted in reaching our intended goal for the day by our usual enemies; wind and tide. We turned back into Caleta Nassibal having made 42 Miles for the day Read more ›



Beating Progress

When I wrote the last entry we were sitting in Caleta Villarica waiting for better weather to get North in Canal Pitt. On the 10th we thought that the forecast was promising so got under way but after a few hours of trying to make progress against about two knots of current and 25 – 30 knots of headwind Read more ›



Equinoctial Gales

Satellite image from 05:09UTC 05 March 2015

Satellite image from 05:09UTC 05 March 2015

The weather that I spoke about in the last entry materialised almost as forecast but in our sheltered spot didn’t affect us much. We could feel some swell, see the clouds rushing past overhead and of course feel the rain hammering down in the frontal part of the system. Read more ›



Guessing at the weather

We are still sitting out a prolonged period of windy conditions that look set to last for some days to come. I thought that I would write a little about the sources of information that we use to ‘guess’ what weather we ‘might’ get. Here when we talk of weather we generally mean ‘wind’; provided that the wind is favourable what the rest of the “weather” is doing is almost irrelevant. Read more ›



One Fine Day

A fine day in Estrecho Nelson

A fine day in Estrecho Nelson

The 23rd was passed swinging at anchor in Caleta Darde. It was quite comfortable, especially for peace of mind after the wind backed to the West and I was able to veer more chain.

Under way early on the 24th saw us initially covering ground previously traversed Read more ›



Four days in a row

The jellyfish of Mostyn

The jellyfish of Mostyn

Weather bound in Caleta Mussel was what we was; until the 18th when we got under way again. Because of the tidal current in Paso Tortuoso which we were in as soon as we left the bay we had to wait until about one hour before high water before leaving. This meant that we couldn’t leave until about 14:30. Read more ›



Tacking, tacking

"Morgane" in Caleton Silva

"Morgane" in Caleton Silva

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day – goes the rhyme. The only two problems with the rain here are that it never goes away and it always comes again another day. We went for a walk in the rain at Caleta Hidden on Thursday to have a look at the channel to see if it was worth heading out and didn’t like what we saw. Read more ›



Into the Magellan Straight

The bare naked mountains of Brecknock

The bare naked mountains of Brecknock

After a couple of days in Caleta Silva the shine had worn, or washed, off the place and it was time to get moving. The morning of the 7th dawned yet wet and still windy so after a peek outside I went back to bed. By about 8 o’clock the wind had gone off and we started getting the shore lines aboard determined to make the best of what the forecast said would be a quiet day and at 9 we were under way. “Celephais” was just ahead of us barely visible through the rain Read more ›



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