We asked for wind, and we got it!

Admittedly theory and practice are the best tools to develop our seamanship, so when this morning we left the mooring buoy with wind blowing from 18-20 knots one reef was left in. (We learnt that one during our spring escape) On the practice side, our assignment of the day was tacking! Easy enough, you might say. That goes without saying in a rather narrow channel, lots of shoals and crossing with ferries and a big traffic of sailboats and numerous power boats! In other words after the twelfth tacks of the day, not many secrets were left…

The direction of the wind was from the south and after 12 NM our direction was also south, perfect! Evidently when the wind picked up to 25 knots and knowing that the forecast was for 35knots, we ducked into a “lagoon”, I insist a “lagoon” or at least this the name they give to a bay around here! Fortunately for us, our fairly small draft was a delight when the chart was showing 3 feet; and we saw 5ft under the keel. For the record, we can go up wind to 35-40 degree apparent without having to play the sail.

With the wind picking up and shower time coming we decided to treat ourselves to a dock. Most definitely a good decision, as there was a pool, a ping-pong table and for the teenagers it was a welcomed change. It was an open door, freedom for all and enough teenagers for everybody to socialize. Everyone is happy, we couldn’t ask for anything better.

On a different note, you don’t think it’s all rosy out here. Our teenager daughter mentioned that in early morning, (read 11am) the squealing was waking her up; and because I am such pleasing father, and also to earn my keep, I decided to tackle this task. Now this is for all Lagoon owners who have never tried it, this is how you do it: Remove cover from pedestal and grease chain, then remove inner side in starboard cabin and generously grease the mechanism. Now get the yoga outfit and jump into the engine compartment for some fun time. Turn a few times the wheel, you are the best dad in the world and you deserve a beer.

Weather forecast wise, Passageweather.com has been on the mark like no other. Some other sources are so off it’s not even funny. And let’s hope that what predicted is correct has tomorrow we are travelling further afield and crossing a large body of water.

Well! Movie time for us now but not before we visit our 170th Island. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) is a British overseas territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is a remote and inhospitable collection of islands, consisting of South Georgia and a chain of smaller islands, known as the South Sandwich Islands. South Georgia is 167.4 kilometres (104 mi) long and 1.4 to 37 km (0.9 to 23.0 miles) wide and is by far the largest island in the territory. The South Sandwich Islands lie about 520 kilometres (320 mi) southeast of South Georgia. The total land area of the territory is 3,903 square kilometres (1,507 sq mi).

There is no native population on the islands; the present inhabitants are the British Government Officer, Deputy Postmaster, scientists, and support staff from the British Antarctic Survey who maintain scientific bases at Bird Island and at the capital, King Edward Point, as well as museum staff at nearby Grytviken.

The United Kingdom claimed sovereignty over South Georgia in 1775 and the South Sandwich Islands in 1908. In 1908 the United Kingdom annexed both South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The territory of “South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands” was formed in 1985; previously it had been governed as part of the Falkland Islands Dependencies. Argentina claimed South Georgia in 1927 and claimed the South Sandwich Islands in 1938.

Argentina maintained a naval station, Corbeta Uruguay on Thule Island in the South Sandwich Islands from 1976 until 1982 when it was closed by the Royal Navy. The Argentine claim over South Georgia contributed to the 1982 Falklands War, during which Argentine forces briefly occupied the island. Argentina continues to claim sovereignty over South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.