Loc: Isla Deceit
Dist: 0 km
Not much happened today, besides the good news that Juan Pablo was safe and sound now on a rescue boat of the Armada Argentina. Good. Now I have to get myself my own ass and kayak out of this windy southern area, both in one piece. Patience is required….
Thursday 15-23 h was the perfect weather window, but I had to take it to repair my boat. No way of having done that on Wednesday in 40-50 knot winds and continuous rain…and I simply didn’t dare to use the boat already with the fresh repair, thought it was fast cure epoxy stuff. But it fully hardens well only after 8 hours.
I slept reasonable well, just woke at midnight, as the calm northerly, which shelters me on this beach, started to breeze up to a west wind again. My tent got shaken again in gusts, but this was nothing compared to the previous two nights, and I fell asleep again until 8.30 am. I was glad no nightmares were haunting me. My sore body needed some rest as well, as it felt Wednesday and Thursday still quite sore on each end from paddling so hard on Tuesday.
I didn’t eat much, as my appetite is low on doing nothing and from all the bad news. It helps save my resources, but once I’ll get going, I need to fill up with energy again!
The forecast for today showed some hope, but 20+ knots west are not the safe weather window I want to have to get out of here without any risk. I probably would have made it along the coast at least those 6 km back inside the shelter of the islands again, but the white caps out there showed nothing which was inviting to play it safe. Who knows what kind of local wind areas the mountains create which would bother me more than I liked to…
Tomorrow may be a it better and turning a bit west north west, but it changes by the hour. The calm Sunday is gone, but it has still around 20 knots “only”. We’ll see. Tuesday has a very low wind window – if it stays, this is maybe the chance. But this last Sundays had showed first very low wind all day as well…
I couldn’t even go out much today, as it was raining lightly mostly all hours, and honestly, walking up and down the rocky boulder beach is not much pleasure either. I know I can launch from the tiny gravel spot around low tide when the sea is reasonable. But I still have to carry/ drag my boat and gear about 100 m to the launching spot, over big sharp boulders and two higher rock barriers. I need to watch not to slip and to drop it and to make new damage…
At least I repaired my paddle, as much as I can imagine to repair a clean shaft break. It is an extendable paddle from 205 cm to 215 cm, but I’m always paddling it at 205 cm. So the extension piece had some surplus 10 cm inner shaft, which I easily cut of with the saw of my multi tool.. It fitted inside the break, but had a bit of space as the shaft there is slightly oval. I kneaded some of my two components stick, and wrapped it around the 10 cm supporting piece. On inserting it into the shaft, I am hoping to keep enough glue on the sides it would hold basically.
Not sure if it did the job. I eventually wrapped two layers of fiberglass cloth around the break, soaked it with epoxy resin out of my double emergency syringe Mark from Bluewater Kayaks sent me once, which is a bit less liquid than the real epoxy resin. It hardened well, but no idea what kind of pressure it may hold when paddling…at least it is an emergency paddle somehow.
I’m hoping Virginia sent my spare paddle to Ushuaia before she got the horrible news about Ale’s death…if not, hopefully a local kayaking friend could help get it on the way, sent to Atilio Mosca in Ushuaia. Please guys, help look after her!
Sending a new paddle from Epic in the US to Argentina is hopeless with the Argentinean customs habits. But if I can’t get my spare paddle from Buenos Aires, Epic may hopefully eventually send one to Punta Arenas where I’m hoping to get a bunch of spare fins sent to as well. Maybe Kiko can even receive them already and forward them to Puerto Williams. Please Peter, help!
My boyfriend Peter in Denmark…what would I do without his mental, IT and computer and logistic support in the background…thank you, Peter, for being there for me! I love you very much! Our almost daily calls help me a lot over the lonely times here, and the practical help you give me is invaluable.