Into the Golfo de Ancud
13 December 2011 | 41 48.2'S:73 21.5'W, Chilean Costal / Pto Abtau
Day 2 - Into the Golfo De Ancud As soon as we left the sheltered bay and returned to Oc´ano Pacifico things were not pacifico any longer. We ate peanuts again. I felt like returning to Colorado again only not quite so bad this time. The waves and wind in the ocean were intense, stronger than the guys had thought. Jeff was cautious and we only had the jib with no main. I lay prone. About an hour later, it felt like ten, we turned into the Canal Chacao and with it's favorable current and winds we had a brisk sail into the Golfo De Ancud. We found another calm spot to anchor at Puerto Abtao, and just as the guide book, Patagonia & Tierra Del Fuego Nautical Guide by Mariolina Rolfo and Giorgione Ardrizzi says we could, we bought mariscos (shellfish) for dinner. Sven negotiated the buying for 3000 pesos ($6) and a box of wine. Then he scrubbed and cleaned them and cooked them in white wine with onion and cilantro. They were incredible, especially the broth. We had large mussels (cholgas), clams (almejas) a nd whole new potatoes boiled in salt water with butter. Also we drank the champagne that Alex had given us with the Hekla label to commemorate making our first overnight ocean passage. Thanks Alex! With a belly full of mariscos and champagne, I forgot the greenness. I embraced this new "in constant motion" lifestyle. Just like seeing the baby, one forgets all the pains of bringing it into the world. And yet as in life, there are always more difficulties ahead along with more joy.