Monday, June 11, 2012

Ready to Leave Argentina

The Argentines have a tradition that when any boat is built they have a BBQ party called an "asado".    Two of the factory workers spend all day preparing and cooking the meat and it is spectacular!

28 kgs of beef

Debbie and I had an opportunity to thank all who worked on our boat.  They did a fantastic job!!

Thanks to Memo and his crew we are ready to cast off from Argentina Monday morning.  We are doing some last minute food preparations and stocking up.  We MAY have a few bottles of Malbec wine on board too, but I am not SURE!! The trip from Argentina to were we will stop in Brazil is approximately 6 to 10 days of sailing non-stop, weather permitting.  The arrival time will depend of course on the winds and weather too.  It is the start of the Argentine winter so we are looking forward to leaving and heading north to a warmer area.  That does sound strange.  "Head north into warmer weather".   Debbie has been busy with cleaning, organizing cupboards, cooking and generally getting the inside of the boat ready to sail.  I have been outside getting it ready.  We took a time out today and motored Bella Luna to the marina gas pumps to top up the tanks so we are ready for Monday.  We had an interesting conversation with the gas dock attendant.  His spanglish wasn't too bad and between Debbie and I ours is coming along.  The attendant sees our Canadian flag and proceeds too tell us that the diesel going into our tanks is from Canada.  WOW, I say.  Then I look at the price per litre and am shocked that here in Argentina the price is cheaper than it was in Canada. Go figure.

Trying out the bosuns chair 

Debbie's turn with the camera in tow.

We have spent the last two and a half months in Argentina and have enjoyed ourselves very much.  We have seen and experienced many new things.  For example live music on the subways and trains. Also you can buy just about anything from people walking the travelling the train - phone cards, socks, nylons, pens, chocolate, gum, little kleenex, books, scarves and fresh baking are some of the things we have seen.   We will be sad to leave but excited about the next part of our adventure.

Brazil here we come.

We feel like a young bird must feel when mother bird decides it time to kick the yearly out of the nest.  We have been safe in Yacht Club Argentina for one month.  The factory workers have become our friends as they show up here to finish up their work or fix a problem.  We have enjoyed the comfort of the yacht club to get to know all the boat's systems and we have ventured out on the river Plate to give Bella Luna a shake down several times.



Now Memo and Santiago are kicking us out of the nest and we must go.  We are very excited about what is in store for us.

Thanks Memo, thanks Santiago and thanks Antares.

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to hear about your adventures on your first trip out. Safe sailing!