Intention: carry on the currently beautiful sail across to the Falklands (fingers crossed it stay that way for them.
There were mixed emotions yesterday morning as we slipped our lines in Ushuaia to head out to the Falklands. I’m really excited about the trip to the Falklands and South Georgia – really new territory and the chance to see more nature than I’ve ever seen in my life (maybe even more killer whales!?!), and I’m enjoying having the new crew on board and seeing faces I haven’t seen for a while. But at the same time there was sadness at leaving. I was very sorry to see the last crew leave, and was sad to say goodbye to friends in the little community of yachts down here. It was also a little difficult to say goodbye to Ushuaia, because I have always felt quite at home in Ushuaia, and it feels to me like a turning point – we are on the way back now. It does feel good to be back at sea though. We had half of a crew change, so James, Clare, Nick, Colette, Sarah, John and Gemma stayed on board to be joined by Jon Seddon, Rachel Robertson, Bill Rainer, Di Roberts, Richy Allum and Lynda Groocock. Our final crew member, Richard Pattison, will join in the Falklands. We are currently sailing along beautifully between the tip of Argentina and Isla De Los Estados. There was a beautiful sunrise this morning and the weather is surprisingly mild. People have even been complaining that it’s too warm on board – that will change soon after we cross the convergence zone.
Yesterday, we motored down the familiar Beagle Channel and stopped in a place called Harberton. A few of us had been there before when Elinca first arrived in Tierra del Fuego, but we were really happy to return and take the new crew. After cake (including their fantastic Rhubarb cake) some went off and enjoyed the whale, dolphin and bird bone collection in the little museum while the rest returned to the boat or had a little walk in the woods. For me it was nice to say a last little goodbye to the nature around here. The woods are like something out of a fairytail with really intense green trees with gnarly bark and beardy lichen hanging off them, underneath the trees, shrubs with berries and flowers make a thick undergrowth, and any space left on the ground gets covered by grass, moss or low growing plants. There is an edible berry called the Calafate berry that grows in these woods. Legend says that anyone who eats this berry will return to Patagonia one day. Well, I ate a cake piled high with Calafate berries, just to be sure!