Position: Ushuaia, Club AFASyN (which we found out stands for Asociacion Fuegian de Actividades Subaquaticos y Nauticos)
A very sunny and fresh morning in Ushuaia! We are still waiting for the long awaited Lara to join us. She has now had a build up that we hope she can justify.
Yesterday was a mixed bag of highs and lows… as high and low as things can get in a small border town. There was a minor Anglo-French maritime incident when someone nameless lost a hose fitting belonging to our experienced and otherwise patient neighbours into the dock. It was slightly averted by our lending them a very heft vise stamped clearly ‘made in England’, but was probably calmed mostly by the arrival of over thirty bottles of red wine arriving on board Elinca, proving that we are civilised, and the gift of a bottle of Scotch (not the best on the boat ha ha ha – thanks Pelagic for the malt)
During the intervening period of frosty International Relations, most of us were sent ashore to go shopping for last minute supplies while John and Andy tried to make the dinghy watertight.. After an indulgent Coffee and cake and postcard writing session in ‘Tante Sara’ (4/5 – Good service, amazing cakes and dodgy WiFi), we then missed queuing so much we went to the supermarket. We forgot the Tonic, but came back with 120 fragrant onions, which we waved under our neighbours’ noses with a raised eyebrow and stashed under the floorboards. The boat is now bursting at the seams with food, drink and assorted cold weather gear. If you open any hatch, you find a stash, the location of which only Clare knows (no excuse for not replacing the toilet paper).
We’ve been assigned watches, and Jon’s watch laid on a tasty Jon-sized supper of chicken stir-fry and rice, followed by fruit salad – all washed down with a local Malbec. We then finished up the evening with a thorough briefing from James, Clare and Jon, and learnt in trepidation about the hopes and fears of the days ahead. We are very excited by the possible adventures the upcoming week could bring, but with watchful eye on a Pacific low pressure to the south west. Auditions for the boat choir were held last night, after which it was concluded much practice was required before we infuriate other tourists with our carol singing.
We are now in an Australian/French sandwich, as we are joined by ‘The Commitment’, who sailed here from Australia, by way of New Zealand, and a thirty-three day Pacific crossing. It’s nice to have some passing foot-traffic on deck, as we’ve spent the last few days tramping across the decks of others.
until next time…. ta da from Elinca
Lynda & Tim