Loc: Isla Deceit
Dist: 0 km
The weather calmed down today to a 20 kn west wind so far, the seas are going down from horrible 4-5 m crashing on my beach to now maybe 3-4 m, but by now 5.30 pm it is still too dangerous to launch, though I could paddle. This is torture. I was checking different corners of this rocky beach, but from none of them is safe to launch yet.
But there is still a chance tomorrow very early morning, around 4 am, if the sea will calm down even more as I have seen it already on Thursday…I should have gone that day, even with the risk of a leaking boat…
I’ll check the sea state continuously until 8-9 pm today, when I should be latest on the water to reach at least Isla Herschel.
I’m not sure yet if I’m in the mood to cross over to Isla Hornos and not to leave out the circumnavigation of that famed island…the safe way is to paddle to isla Herschel into the lee of the islands, and to take the so far still great weather window on Tuesday (again a Tuesday…) too head back across to the safety of the Isla Navarino. Or I could take that great Tuesday to paddle around Isla Hornos…or at least, to get off this beach, if tomorrow it is still not low enough sea to launch safely.
The stay here on this coast which actually saved my ass is torture, as it is somehow a trap. Rocks could fall down on my head any time (NO!!!), and a walk out is not possible, not to talk about a safe landing for a rescue boat. If they could land safely, I could also launch safely.
As long as I’m having enough food I am all right. I may stop updating longer to save battery on my sat phone. I’m in the first third of my second battery of three now.
I even found a tad big larger stream of fresh water a bit further to the other side. Just this nerve wracking, crashing, horrible, rolling surf on the beach…every 10 sec a noise like thunder. But that last Thursday showed it is possible to be different.
Patience, Freya…and keep your nerves about the safe launch…I have only one chance.
Ah, yes, HAPPY NEW YEAR! :-)(