Loc: Punta Gallinas
Acc: house in mining company Cerrejón
Dist: 41,4 km
Start: 3:45 End: 11:30
I reached the northernmost point of South America today!
I started paddling again for one hour in darkness. With the moon now less than a quarter, it took a while to get used to see sufficiently after I left the lights of Puerto Bolivar harbour. But as the sea was calm and winds low, paddling even at night was an easy game. The scenery to be seen was not really exiting anyway, all low beaches, and then the wide bay of Bahia Honda which I certainly crossed over.
The wind breezed up around 8.30 am, but apart from a stronger push for 10 min, it stayed well below 15 knots. So still making good progress, but it was not necessary to paddle further than Punta Gallinas, the northern most point of South America. A wreck was jutting out at the point, showing that there can be different conditions than today! Actually, already before I fly home, it will breeze up again to 20-25 knots due east… my weather gap is kind of great luck and not really common for tackling this extremely windy peninsula!
The guys wanted to drive back a last time to Puerto Bolivar, this hour I think is well invested in a good rest in a real room…tomorrow up at 2.50 am again…