Staten island


Rough island with amazing waterfalls

 

2017/03/17 Argentina, bay Espania- Argentina Staten island Sailing for about 50 miles to an amazing bay covered by cliffs with waterfalls. When netering the bay there were hunderds of sealions jumping around Royal albatrosses, the regular has a span wide of about 2.2m, this one of 3.2m!
2017/03/18 Argentina Staten island Hike Condors, a deer and waterfalls
2017/03/19 Argentina Staten island Brice and his party arrived Asado on the beach
2017/03/20 Argentina Staten island going east to the end of staten island Crapy bay for shelter, large waves in the bay and difficult to exit the day after
2017/03/21 Argentina Staten island – Deseado Start of sailing to the main land A lot of sea

 

On the way over to Staten island again we saw whales, they are still very impresive! Now we saw as well a couple of the royal albatrosses, these are even larger then the regular ones and have a span wide of about 3.2m. Its great to see them fly over curiously looking at the boat. Without almost an effort they sail close over the waves without barely moving and well exceeding the speed of our sailboat. Often they land a little in front of our boat on the water, and curiously watch as we sail past, after wards they fly off again, when they fly off they first “run” while clapping slowly their wings over the sea after which without barely moveing their wings they fly past again.

Staten Island looks a lot rougher then Tierra de Fuego. The island has huge cliffs dropping straight down in the sea. There are very little trees on the hills and the vegetations consist mostly of firs, bushes and a tree that looks a little like bonzain trees and of course, a lot of turba.

The bay where we went looks amazing. First we entered the bay between a narrow opening in the rocks and sail through the bay that goes far land inwards. Everywhere around us there are sealions darting in the water, curiously looking at our passing sail boat and some times trying to keep up with the boat. We make another corner around a cliff and see waterfalls dropping down from the cliffs. The best place to drop anchor ever!

The day afetr I went exploring the land. Everywhere there are huge cliffs and waterfalls. I saw many condors flying close over and a large deer. The deer must have been brought here as food supply for stranded vessels. Marcel told me that back in day sailors had left there as well a lot of goats for the same purpose.

The day after a friend of Marcel arrived with a large sailboat. We had together a asado on the beach.

The next day again we had dinner with them, this time sea urchins as appatizer that were collected by Brice from between the rocks and as desert the calefate we still had left from bay Espania.

The day after we sailed to the last bay on the east of the island. It turned out this bay had very poor shelter against the waves and the wind. We couldn’t do anything with our dingy, but the heavier dingy of Brice still could be used so we were picked up and we stayed for the most timeat their boat after we had prepared our own boat for the coming days of sailing to Puerto Deseado.

The preperations that had to be done were removing everything from the deck and putting it inside the boat. The bed in the bow could not be used during sailing due to the movements of the boat at anyway one of us had to take watch during the night anyway, so we would take turns sleeping on the couch in the middle of the boat while the other would check every 15/20min if there were any boats in view, course was correct and whether the sails were still set correctly. If anything was not okay that could not be fixed by one of us we would wake the other to help.

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