Slow going towards Chile
09 February 2018 | 1500 nm west of Puerto Montt
Well we manage to travel about 80 miles toward Puerto Montt in the last
24 hrs which is pretty good considering we're on the wrong tack. After some tweaking I managed to make us go at a solid 4 kts in 18 to 30 kts of wind until this morning. Now we're back in 35kts from the NNW so the we can't make more than 3 kts but it is still in the right direction; we're beam to the seas but they're not dangerous. Doing anything is kind of a chore. So we don't do too much. The night after the rudder I slept really poorly and got up with a headache that I nursed yesterday. We've been doing more maneuvers than usual because of both the lack of rudder and the changing conditions. Today we vacuumed the bilge which was good (2.76345 vacuum cleaner canister full of the drink of the Gods, the exact proportions of which between salt water, diesel and various spills are a well-kept secret.)
I wrote to MRCC (marine rescue) in Chile to let them know of our situation. The guys on the net have been really helpful; not only Peter but also guys on boats who just listen and then jump in (Gary who's going to Easter and Brian who is in the Gambier Archipelago and was in Puerto Montt.)
Wish you were here! Hahaha!....
It took me 5 sittings to write that email; most of them maneuvers interruptions. Finally I can hit "send".