At the Speedwell/George/Barren group we applied that favorite tactic for sailing vessels harbor-bound by bad weather: patience.
Eventually we waited long enough. The west winds died to a whisper, and we carried on our way, unstuck.
We were bound across Falkland Sound, the body of water that separates East Falkland from West Falkland. Our destination was Albermarle, a property run by the same extended family that owns Speedwell.
We were happy to be able to carry some empty fuel barrels from one settlement to the other. The first practical thing we've ever done with the boat, I joked with the farmers. The boys found the drums to be useful for making music.
|With Tanya and Shaun and family at Albermarle|
From Albermarle we took two leisurely days to get right around the bottom of West Falkland to our local friend's island. We had good sailing winds both days, and it was a joy to not be motoring into the weather. But I was still a bit on edge about the state of our rig, with the three stranded lower shrouds. It will be a relief to finally replace that wire when we get back to Stanley.
On the second day out of Arbelmarle we came upon our local friend, completing a charter for a group of biologists on his yacht Peregrine. We had last seen Peregrine in Tasmania - a lot of sailing miles ago, let me assure you.
Our friend, Leiv, got this picture of Galactic as we were coming in towards Beaver Island, with a fresh breeze behind us and the tide full in our face.
|The jetty at Beaver Island|
I'm thrilled to see Swallows and Amazon aboard your travels. It's a favorite of our floating family as well.ReplyDelete
Hey Joy - Yep, it was a treat to find it in the Stanley library. I'm sure we'll read it more than once. For now I'm getting great mileage out of calling Alisa "Mr. Mate".Delete
I remember reading all the Swallows and Amazon books as a kid. I cant believe they are making it into a movie. Really enjoy your blog.ReplyDelete
Glad you like the blog, Barry. And yeah, a movie version - who would need that when you could read the book to your kids while sailing through the Falklands?Delete
That new camera of yours is a mighty fine instrument Mike - brilliant pix. Deeply envious of your location for the family Christmas 2015...you set the bar ridiculously high!ReplyDelete
Thanks, guys. Alex's pics are still the standard for sailing blogs. Meanwhile, if I told you how bloody cold it is here, you might not be so envious!Delete