Not a ton to report this week. I’ve fallen into a routine of providing the water taxi service as needed throughout the day, followed by restful evenings on the deck or in the living room at Casa Roja.
If I have a long break in between channel crossings, I’ll try to do some yardwork around the house – checking the boat every 30-60 minutes to make sure the ebbing tide hasn’t left the boat stranded on the beach. I admit, one day this happened and I was very embarrassed! I had forgotten to set my timer and the time slipped away from me. About 90 minutes had passed before I raced down to the beach, only to find the boat stuck on dry land! It took three of us to get her back into the water.
Although the week has been sort of ‘routine’, it has been far from slow. The last week has seen a flurry of activity, driven not only by a rotation of guests in both Bed & Breakfast locations, but also by preparation for the upcoming Chiloe Regatta 2018.
For the Bed & Breakfast business, these means welcoming guests at the yacht club, taking them across the channel, and escorting them to either Punta Piedras or Casa Roja. I help them with their luggage too. I’ve been amazed at some of the large suitcases I’ve had to lug up and down the beach! Tomas says that a lot of Argentinians come to Chile for shopping, because it’s cheaper. That might explain some of these oversized bags. The B&B business has been good, so that means a lot of back and forth with guests. But it also means a lot of back and forth with groceries and garbage! (I haven't gotten a boot-full of water this week, so I must be getting better at this gig. The bummer is I found out the boat is too small in length to qualify as a proper vessel for my sea service log that I will submit to the US Coast Guard this year.)
In addition, the Chiloe Regatta 2018 is coming at the end of the month. I’ve heard about 100 boats are participating. The yacht club and marina has seen a lot of activity as the boats and crew get ready. There is an after-race party at the yacht club, as well as some private viewing-parties aboard local yachts. I’ve helped with some of the stocking-up of the yacht club kitchen and storage room with the necessary supplies. I’m sure I’ll be helping with the event at the yacht club (or on the boats) in some fashion. We’ll see.
On Sunday, after an early morning taxi run across the channel, I took the rest of the day off. I had planned to go sailing on Christian’s Beneteau 44, but decided my body needed to rest. I took the local bus into town, walked along the promenade, and ate a huge lunch of Lomo a lo Pobre (steak, eggs, fries). I came back to Isla Tenglo and hung out with some neighbors and friends in their yard. It was a beautiful, warm, summer day!