Packaged beautifully by Steve, the box of parts arrived right on schedule apparently moving through Customs unopened. The last few days have been busy here, and I’m down to just a few items left. I will finish all but one today, the batten box and car installations due to the weather. It has dramatically turned worse, cold and rainy with 20-30 knots of wind making it untenable to raise the main. The winds are also keeping me from shore to attend to some administrative and connectivity matters to set up a properly working cell phone.
There is a non-profit sailing school here called Cedenas that does amazing work teaching children to sail. I looked into donating Sparrow to the school here, but it doesn’t look like it will work out due to tax and tariff laws. So Sparrow will be heading north up through the Atlantic to the East Coast of the US. Mostly due to my lack of confidence in the deck and rudder bearing, some due to COVID restrictions driving countries to close their borders to visitors. So my goal of sailing around the world is ended, but I accomplished the real goal of experiencing life’s amazing highs and lows. One amazing high being rounding Cape Horn, one amazing low being denied anchoring by an inhumane Argentinian bureaucrat. I am looking forward to some more weeks at sea, hopefully uneventful.
As to the next port of call, I do not know yet. There are a number of US Ports of Entry, but fewer with the draft Sparrow needs and available space. Port Canaveral is a possibility, but there is no available occupancy due to COVID I am told. This could change by the time I’m in the neighborhood. Newport, RI has the depth, but not sure of availability and I don’t relish heading up there in March.
I expect to depart in a few days, weather permitting. I will start the tracker up the day of departure.