Quick update virtual voyagers. A short Christmas Eve chat with Jo where she shared all the family stories from the holiday. He managed to organize with Lucy (Jo’s sister) to get her a personal card and poem for the holidays. He might be far away but he does a great job in still doing romantic surprises.-
Randall’s got a long day ahead to get into his first anchorage. Thanks for everyone’s support and Merry Christmas to everyone!
POS 55 30S 71 47W
50 miles to the entrance of Bahia Cook; 110 miles to first safe anchorage, Caleta Olla.
The next two days will be challenging. Factors are the distance to safety; shallow water at Cook entrance which may make heaving to at a natural stopping point dangerous in a sea still 10+; a fast-moving blow coming down from the NW tonight (don’t want to be on the outside), and close waters inside making a stop for any time dangerous.
And I still need to swing the anchor–not possible out here.
Plan. Depart now for entrance. Heave to briefly this evening for a nap somewhere at the entrance that still has sea room. Swing anchor deep inside Cook protection. Motor overnight and into tomorrow to Caleta Olla.
On the positive: weather is good now. And the target is downwind. Can’t overstate how good that is.
Tough day yesterday. Up at 3am to retrieve drogue. Took two and a half hours of slow, steady hauling. Motored till 8pm, roughly sundown. Winds 30 knots and swell from gale during first five hours made holding a soul-crushing experience. Two following shifts much better. Made 60 miles of the 120 to the entrance and got 10 in drift overnight.
Comfortable overnight, but slept poorly. Nervous about this last leap.