Hello – Emma here. Sorry this is a bit later than usual – I will be posting blogs about 4.15pm as I am teaching until then so please don’t worry if it’s a little bit later than usual. However, I will check positions etc at lunchtime! I am still learning the ropes how all this works but here is the first blog from Alastair.
We are currently on a bearing of 230 (compass) doing about 7 knots into wind on a starboard tack. About half of our watch had a great nights sleep, those with starboard cabins, while those on the port side are some what more blurry eyed having spent most of the night bouncing of their lee cloths.
At current course and speed we should be into Mar Del Plata, affectionately referred to by the crew as the land of Malbec and Steak, late on Tuesday evening or very early Wednesday morning. We are likely to spend 24 -36 hours cleaning washing and eating steak before heading to Ushuaia.
We crossed the Argentinian border at around 1100 UTC (for non sailors UTC is the equivalent of Greenwich Mean Time) we duly emailed the prefectura who require us to provide them with an update of our position every 12 hours.
Cliggy continues to lead the wildlife watch spotting a turtle, which she claims spend most of their time eating jelly fish which causes them to get a little high (can someone confirm this fact via the power of google, other search engine providers are available), we also saw a seal. The wildlife has definitely been increasing as we come in closer to land. Having seen mainly Albatross out at sea we are seeing an increasing variety of birds.
Today we want to give a big shout out to Emma Layfield our new shore contact and her class who we are told have been following our blog. If they would like to ask any questions about sailing, the sea, South America, Antarctica or life in general then this week the crew will make a special effort to answer them all.
Alastair (new ish crew on Elinca and first time blog writer)