Falkland Islands bloglet by Clare

Looking forward to my second week of being shore contact since getting off the boat in Rio, please leave lots of comments that I can send onto the boat! Andrea 🙂

What we know about the Falklands so far:

We’re going to be able to see the Falkland Islands this afternoon and will
be there by tomorrow morning. We’ve had a beautiful smooth crossing so far
and my dad (who briefly thought about joining us on this leg) would have
loved it. I don’t know very much about these islands so I guess there will
be a Falklands history blog posted by the end of the week. I guess for today
I’ll write the little I do know. I know that the Falklands are made up of
two main Islands: West Falkland and East Falkland. The capital, Stanley, is
on the far northeast tip of East Falkland and we are required to clear
customs here before heading to anywhere else. Because we are only here a few
days we will probably stay on East Falkland and explore by land. Rumour has
it that the islanders love to show off and so we might find someone with a
minibus or a Land Rover to show us around. Where we are going to stay is a
little way out of the town and so we’ll have to walk or take a taxi to
Stanley. There was obviously a war there 30 years ago and that has left the
land scarred with mine fields and the locals full of stories. In Ushuaia
“the capital of Las Malvinas” there was graffiti everywhere re-enforcing
Argentina’s claim and we had to be careful to refer to Stanley as Puerto
Argentino. The Chileans are a different matter. As we sailed out down the
Beagle Channel the Chilean and Argentine coastguard stations called us every
15 miles or so on channel 16 to monitor our progress. You could tell which
side was calling by whether they asked for ETA Las Malvinas or ETA
Falklands. It made me smile as the two countries are now officially friends
but still seem to like to wind each other up.

There are 2000 people who live in Stanley and another 1000 scattered over
the rest of the Islands. The children are schooled at home until the age of
10 and then sent to boarding school in Stanley if they don’t live close
enough. For six form a lot of them head overseas to Winchester, UK.  We did have the idea
of inviting the school children in Stanley down to see the boat. We’re not
sure they will be able to at such short notice but we will mention it
anyway. It’s going to be a lot easier to sort things out now that we have a
language in common and we’re all pretty excited about the Waitrose
supermarket.

Other cravings include fish and chips. cheddar cheese, marmite and bacon.
The average temperature in the Falklands is 10 degrees Celsius in the summer
and 7 in the winter so only a 3 degrees variation in temperature.

Clare Xx

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3 Responses to Falkland Islands bloglet by Clare

  1. Rosie Conboy says:

    I’m really enjoying reading the blogs. Cd you do me a favour and pass on my congrats to my sister Gemma on securing her job! Delighted for her xx

  2. andrielena says:

    The weather seems to be better down there than here in Madrid! We´ve even had snow in the center! (which is not usual at all). Please send my regards to everyone on the boat! Hugs! Andri

  3. Fin says:

    Hi Clare, loving the blog. It makes me want to go to sea again. Almost😉. Well done! Magic adventure. Hi to Gem and second Rosie about the new job!!! Glad we get you back Gemma!!!! X

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