I've pasted in below an edited version of an email I got from Howard this morning in which he refers to a seriously windy few days and the last few small jobs done before he heads out.
He's in a tiny estuary next to the Nao Victoria Museum, with the towering bulk of the full sized replica of Magellans ship and the rig of Darwins Beagle, the tiny sliver of a boat that is the replica James Caird and the bigger schooner Ancud nearby.
The bank of the estuary is about 6 ft high he's tied up at the bottom of that alongside a foot high grassy shelf and its that that Southern Cross was blown up onto in the middle of the night.
I've the first article ready for the Below40South.com website, it should be up in a day or so, and there will be regular updates from then on.
For a glimpse of the larger vision, conceived on the plane on the way to South America, go to my John Welsford Small Craft Design facebook page and scroll down to January 7th, click on the Boat Radio International interview, click on the sound bar that comes up and listen. Sorry I cant get a link to work, but it tells of the longer plan, a "Different kind of Circumnavigation" one with an educational focus.
Howards email below.
For the sake of accuracy ;-) I got the wind strength wrong on Sunday night/Monday. I was guessing gusts at 70mph at 3am but darn if the sustained wind was only 93km per hour or 56 mph. Check out the newspaper snap shot I have attached. I came in town and shot film of the blow, it was amazing watching people work their way up the roped sidewalks. In really high winds ropes are strung between light posts. Many people are injured here by being blown over. There was significant tree damage.
Here is a photo of the local paper, tree damage, people clinging to each other, etc. Blew my boat half way up on land during the night. I was aboard and didnt bother to get out as it was also raining sideways. In the morning I was able to push Southern Cross back in the water and deployed my two ground screws to which I attached one of the two red lines some of you have seen hanging from the back of the cabin. Nice to have done this as proof of concept that it works.
Today was very nice, wind in the mid 20 knot range, sunny. I must be leaving shortly as today I laid in all fresh food plus a few other items. Onions, potatoes, carrots, blueberries, oranges, limes, nectarines, pears, peaches, canned salmon, canned mussels, 6 bottles of an interesting local dark beer, 30 containers of yogurt.
Tomorrow I have a full day. I am doing a second 25% rule (where just before any voyage I attempt to lose 25% of my load but I believe I am down to the essentials, still I will try.
Did sat phone checks yesterday and plan a Delorme test tomorrow (Dave and John). I will also send through my Delorme list emails before I depart.
My intention is to attempt to depart Thursday morning at 5:52am the high high tide, thats right the high high. Once out of the estuary I am sailing south on a reach down the coast, could be a challenge. If it blows up Wednesday night I will think of Friday am departure, just a few minutes later. Time to go!
I am excited to leave (I always reserve excitement to the very last moment) and very excited to have an alliance with all of you in pursuing the broader vision, The Voyage of Southern Cross.