A long day sailing in the sun. I went out through a narrow pass from the anchorage by Punta Yelcho and found 5-10 knots of south wind. Made all sail. Soon it developed into 15 – 20 knots and building seas. Not good especially while towing the dinghy. So I tacked around and sailed back through the pass to go around Isla Lainec the other way.
I spent about 10 hours tacking against the current and wind up Canal Lainec. Steady 15 – 18 k south wind and bright sunshine. As I finally entered the mouth of Estero San Pedro the wind was gusting to 25 k so 2 reefs in the main and up with the staysail. Tack, tack , tack.
Finally I arrived at the planned anchorage, but it looked pretty tight and not really protected. I motored farther up the inlet and entered uncharted territory. At half tide and falling. With the sun in my eyes. I quit when I saw what looked like rapids ahead. Returning to the original nook ,it took three tries to get the anchor reliably set. I guess it might be bare rock , but bit seems pretty good now. 150′ of chain in 15′ of water at half tide ( might get to 8′ or less). Much better after a beer.
Here is the position in case Roly is looking on Google earth: 43 19.48 S 73 44.95W.
Puerto San Pedro is where the Beagle anchored when Darwin set off by boat and horse to explore the island of Chiloe. It is the most southern inlet on Chiloe. Actually when I look at the small scale chart on Oziexplorer I am in Canal San Pedro which leads into Estero Guamblad , which is unsurveyed officially. It is obviously well-known with a couple of fishfarms in situ. On the south shore of this inlet is the new park , Parque Tantauco, established in 2005 from a land grant from the then presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera ( now president)
There are , as usual, 2 or 3 fishfarms in the inlet. The helmsmen of the large steel workboats that are constantly plying these waters are unfailingly polite and considerate. They make very obvious course changes, or they stop until it is clear where I am proceeding. They always wave and toot their horns. I had another radio conversation with the Armada. I think the lads in Quellon are worried that I will slip out of their territory unannounced and they will be unable to ‘close the file’. They saw my sails on the horizon this morning and thought I was heading out for Puerto Montt. How do I say ‘ just sailing around in the sun and the breeze to have a look’ in Spanish. Let alone explain it in english.
One last note. There is a dead and bloated fur seal (or sealion) bobbing about 200 metres upwind of us. The slick is calming the waters. Six or 8 Southern Giant Petrels are using the carrion. Along the inlet today I saw Black-Browed Albatrosses. Looks like this fine weather might end in a day or two. It has been very good.
That’s my story today.