The first photo is of Jorge Bravo Rodriguez , the manager of the Valdivia Yacht Club. Most mornings he and I meet in his office , sometimes with Marc who is from Belgium, and we have a conversation in Spanish. Often about the history , politics or culture of Chile. Ostensibly these sessions are to help me improve my Spanish skills. Often , though ,enthusiasm for the content accelerates the speech delivery and I get lost. Originally I was to help Jorge learn some English. However he is far more interested in hearing my Spanish improve than he is in learning English. Marineros come and go and club members phone or visit, so I get to hear a lot of conversation. It is difficult to be sure but I think it is good experience. Much appreciated by me.
The second photo is of the building called a ‘Quincho’ , the shape of which is based I think on a traditional Chilean building. Originally thatched with mud walls they served as a cooking area. This Quincho is the socal center of the yacht club.
The 3rd photo is of ‘Silas Crosby’ moored next to an Island Packet 37 named ‘Bly’. Interesting story about this boat. Made in the USA but purchased in Holland by the original owners. Then swapped for a piece of land in Chile. The 2nd owner , a South African/Swede/American/?? brought the boat from Europe to Uruguay , then subsequently , very quickly around the bottom end of South America to Valdivia. From where it has not moved since last January.
Richard L had sold his property and business in Leeds , UK and flew to the New World for a more rural existence. He was going to buy land , but sometime he realised that it perhaps might not be so idyllic. Instead of buying land in Chile he bought this yacht , from the same vendor. This yacht ‘Bly’ is fully outfitted for sailing anywhere in the world , and is only 6 or 7 years old. So that’s good. However the new owner , Richard, has never been on a boat in his life and is entirely uncontaminated by previous knowledge or experience of boats or sailing. This is a radical move , to purchase your first offshore boat to go sailing in southern Chile. I have loaned him a book or two and it will be great to watch how things go. We discovered that the 18 kg stainless steel anchor had a bent shaft , to about 45 degr. Needs to be straightened , and a second larger anchor obtained. The Bow Thruster doesn’t work. Porobably not really necessary on a 37′ boat , but if he is going to drag it around it might as well be working.
Good Luck , Richard!
The next 2 photos are of Richard standing in front of spring blossoms in Valdivia, and another in the computer department of a dept store in Valdivia. He is communicating waht he feels about department stores and what he feels about computers. He made his living in IT and was a mainframe programmer for years.
The next photo of the interior of our boat was taken a couple of hours after Meredith returned from her epic South American travels. It was also my laundry day and stormy rainy weather, so a bit crowded
The next 2 photos are of paintings on the wall of the yacht club office. They are by Maurice Cloughley , who with his wife Katie cruised the oceans of the world in the 1970’s and 80’s and apparently visited Valdivia. He taught for many tears up in Canada’s Arctic. Their boat was ‘Nanook of the North’, a beautiful ~ 34′ wood yacht. I rmember reading one of his two books many years ago.
I also remembered some darker aspect to his history.
Here is a link to an article about his sentencing for child abuse crimes while working as a teacher in Canada. I think they now live in New Zealnd where he was born.
The last 4 photos are of a large framed map,also on the office wall, of the route through the Northwest Passage of the Belgian yacht ‘Williwaw’. Willi de Roos was the first to take a yacht through the NW Passage.He was solo. I remember when he came in to Vancouver and tied up in False Creek. Looks like he came to Valdivia , and I guess that was after his NWP transit.
Adrian , on Attila is waiting to leave Valdivia for a non-stop return to Panama. He’ll return in a year to head for the Antarctic , after saving some cash. However the weather is not cooperating , with a lot of strong north winds in the next week or so.
We will stay around for 2 or 3 weeks more , before heading south.