Originally Posted by JP Gaillard
I want to sail up the Chilean coast and see the tip of Argentina
from the Sea.
I think the key is the timing and I think I'll not be able to wait for the winter
down there simply because it is too cold. I will probably leave the Carrib 1st week of Jan and make it down there by end Feb maybe allowing me some decent time to sail up Chile
before getting to the Galapagos
around April/May and crossing the Pacific.
The Chilean channels are some of my most favorite cruising in the world - one of the last 'wilderness' (undeveloped) cruising grounds left. But the Norwegians are building fish
farms left and right down there right now, so it will not last that way for much longer.
I think your timing for getting from the Caribbean
Is EXTREMELY aggressive (eg you can read that as pretty much unachievable unless you just want top sail offshore
the whole way). Just so you know, the normal cruiser takes two months to get from Puerto Williams to Puerto Montt (up the channels). That trip could be done in 12 days, but you would need ALOT of fuel
and you would not see anything.
On our first time down there we left Punta Del Este on Oct 22nd, arrived at Staten Island Dec 17, and made Puerto Montt April 15th; and we moved right along (as the weather
permitted). We did it a little faster the second time, because we knew the drill and had already seen so much; but it still took two months in the channels and one month on the argentine coast.