|Peter Fields, Sydney, NSW AUS asks: |
I'm following your doings with great interest and some
nostalgia. Sailed there with two others in the summer of 77-78 in a 47'
sloop from Auckland via Cape Horn ...which we later
scuba-dived....then your course almost the same except for a Magellan
sortie to Punta Arenas.
Also dived a wreck in the canals and searched for the "Wager" at Isla
Wager. Wish we had your nav.gear. Ours was a sextant, two Seiko
watches, paper charts and no (storm wrecked) radio.
Re : Cabo Raper. We ran into (March) fog north of there near Boca de
Guafo trying to enter the island chain. No radar, much sphincter
puckering. In my dictionary Raper translates as rape. Cape Rape...good
Mucho suerte and a great trip.
Scott Flanders from Egret responds:
Peter, quite an adventure. Your threesome did it the hard way. It is a bit
easier today by powerboat with our 'stuff'. With the far majority of days
being overcast it must have been difficult getting your fix. The weather is
still here however. Currently we are sitting and rocking as I'm sure you
did during your trip waiting on weather. We have cleared the cape but not
the peninsula (Taitao). Like you, I don't think we will ever forget this
journey to the Deep South. Thanks for the note.