Here at last!
14 December 2006 | Mar del Plata, Argentina
Believe it or not it was almost easier to send our updates while at sea than from dry land - it has taken a few days to find our way round town and track down an internet cafe with a computer that has a USB port! We sighted land around midday on Sunday and about that time the wind picked up to almost 30 knots on the nose for the first time in the whole passage. With spray flying we forced our way towards port, with the high rise buildings of a bustling city inching slowly closer. By late afternoon we were tied up on a dock in the Yacht Club Argentina in Mar del Plata after 41 1/2 days at sea and adjusting to terra firma. We did find ourselves stumbling a bit for the first few hours but after a few beers (served in 1L bottles!) we were fine. It has been very strange getting used to the traffic, people and fast pace after so long with only the blue ocean around us and the birds and whales for company. We have raced through our list of "jobs to do" which mainly involved obtaining weather, tide and chart information for the 1200 miles of coast ahead of us and swapping our full size sails for a set of heavy weather sails made with a reef already built in. Filled our water tanks and our propane bottles and stocked up on lovely fresh fruit and veg from the local market and are now ready to sail south, as soon as the weather is favourable.