Tales from the anchor watch……

Today’s blog has been contributed to by everyone who’s been on anchor watch overnight.

Jon: We arrived into Puerto Deseado early on Tuesday morning. As the sun rose the coastline became apparent to us. It was mainly low grassy hills as far as we could see. There were plenty of penguins (Magallenic [CHECK]) swimming through the water who all dived down as we approached. Once we’d anchored near to the fishing port two Commerson’s dolphins and a seal swam over to see what we were up to.

Zoe: After sending Clare and James off to check us in at the Prefectura we settled in to an ample breakfast of freshly brewed coffee, tea, cereals and bottomless toast, at a more sedate pace than usual. The sheltered waters of Puerto Deseado offered the crew a welcome break from the cold South Atlantic winds and a chance to explore a small Argentinean fishing town off the usual tourist trail. In amongst wondering around the historic buildings and picking up additional boat supplies, most of the crew managed to smell their way to the nearby bakery and scoff some freshly baked bread and cakes.

Joe: Puerto Deseado is a pleasant town which, if not exactly bustling, has a good mix of old, young and middling people and a sprinkling of shops plus a church. Nice stained-glass and a scary looking Jesus. From our chatting the locals are friendly, language barrier notwithstanding. The waiter at our evening meal says his Grandad was a sailor who went to Cambridge (Welsh perhaps? Patagonian Lamb was a house speciality) – although our new Spanish might need some fine tuning: In attempting to explain James was Scottish (kilts. gnarly, etc) I might have left the impression our chief is a transvestite. Lemon sorbet and dulce de leche (caramel-type stuff) fresh helado (ice cream) recommended.

Jess: I am not sure what happened for the first two hours of being at land because I slept through it all. So, i guess you will have to take Jon’s word for it. Once James woke up from my beauty sleep, I did have a wander around the town. From walking along an old railway line, kicking up ground dust and walking past randomly placed containers into a small town with a wee church, it felt like we were in the wild west. It’s pretty cool to be able to see a non-touristy-town, and i am glad to report that the steak is still up to standard. Anyway i best get back to anchor watch, its very high maintenance.

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3 Responses to Tales from the anchor watch……

  1. Tom says:

    Ahoy-hoy everyone on board Elinca,

    glad to hear you guys are still having a ball and getting to see all types of tourism on your voyage. Sounds like the local wildlife are enjoying your company too. Pity to hear about some of the weather you’ve been getting, so I’m sure the little stop-over has been a bit of a welcome relief.

    Jess: Have settled back in Aus well, haven’t missed too much news (which isn’t a surprise here in Adelaide 😛 ). Job interview went well, and should hear back about that before the week is out. Started cricket training again and may get a spot straight back into the team this weekend, also started pre-season footy training last night with a solid workout on the beach in 37 degree heat (will be quite a shock to your system when you arrive).

    For those of you ending your trip in Ushuaia, congratulations on your efforts guys and hope you’ve enjoyed the adventure,
    All the best,

  2. Stephen Kitching says:

    I would be interested to know more why you have stopped at Puerto Deseado and also Mal de Plata neither of which figured in your schedule other than as vague possibilities. My first reaction was that something has gone wrong but clearly you are still afloat while exploring a new town. Your blogs are good but it would be interesting to include a one liner with hard facts such as a daily position, (the tracker is a bit vague) wind speeds and direction, and how the boat is behaving.
    All good wishes and thinking of Andrew especially from a cold and dank UK.


  3. Stephen, We stopped at Mar del Plata as it’s a port of entry for Argentina, plus was on our route anyway. As you leave Rio headed for the south of Argentina the routing chart takes us offshore to carry the Brazil current until about the River Plate and then its wise to come into the coast to avoid the Falkland current which sets north. As wll as that the prevailing winds are north west to south west, so the nearer land we are the less fetch we have to deal with. Our stop in Puerto Deseado was weather driven, as there was a low passing to the south of us that we wished to let pass. Unfortunately we couldnt wait too long for it to pass as by that time another low is approachiing to the south, hence our departure into some breeze some 48 hours ago.

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