Summer Day in the Patagonian Channels

A cloudless day. Warm sun, Not expected at all.

We paddled 4 miles up the inlet , Estero Antrim, and found that it continued into two more lagoons with narrow entrances. Finally the inlet ended in a grassy valley surrounded by peaks with permanent snow and ice. All on Isla Wellington to the west of Canal Wide. We found a place to get access to the heights and hiked up a thousand feet or so and had lunch with a great view of ranges of mountains and alpine lakes. By the time we returned to the beach the thermal inflow wind had started so it was little more exercise returning to the boat.

The weather tomorrow is not predicted to be quite as good so we decided to move across Canal Wide to Estero Ringdove , where we are now anchored. 49 47.8s 74 18.6 W.

We are near where H.W.Tilman in the late 50’s sailed his old wooden boat up one of the inlets (Peel and Calvo) and hiked across the Icefields. An epically difficult journey. He recounts the tale in his book ‘Mischief in Patagonia’. I read it many years ago, but Meredith is reading it now , for context. It is hugely amusing to see her reaction to Tilman’s writing. While crossing the Atlantic they saw a dolphin , so they harpooned it and ate it. Not on.

Tilman was a misogynist and speaks very plainly about his opinion of women on boats or on climbing trips. Not on. Meredith cannot contain herself.

On a different note , the digital charts we are using are jpegs of the original Chilean Hydrographic charts , and a few US Hydrographic charts. Once we sailed south of Cabo Raper they seem to be in error of up to 2 or 3 miles. This renders the chartplotting function pretty much useless. I have checked with other sailors and with Chilean fishermen, and it is a general condition. So it is not from an incorrect chart datum or from incorrect Ozimap calibration. Today I plotted our GPS position onto the paper Chilean Hydrographic chart and it seems to be accurate. In other words it put us pretty much where I thought we were, by compass bearings. So we navigate with the finger-on-the-chart method ,with plenty of eyeball work.