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Shown the Door

Clark June 19th, 2007

June 19, 2007
17 degrees, 54′ South, 70 degrees, 55′ West

I’ve had to leave Chile hastily and now I’m about 200 miles offshore. The Port Captain called me in for a ’special meeting’ on Sunday to inform that I would probably have some serious problems in trying to extend my permit on Monday, and that it was probably best for all of us if I just left. We started the process of preparing my exit papers, which always takes them an hour or so. While I was sitting around the commanding officer’s office chatting, the subject of my voyage came up. As they always do, he asked me how I supported myself. I issued my pat answer, saying I was pretty much broke, but that I made a little extra money as a writer. He answered, “I know.”

Could it be that the Chilean Armada has honored us with its presence at Could it be that the Commander of the First Naval Region didn’t like reading that he had been promoted to the level of his own incompetence? I’ll never know for sure, but they seemed to want to be rid of me and with my expiring permit they had their means. It’s sort of like Hugo Chavez closing that TV station in Caracas: It’s not censorship; he’s just not renewing their license.

Oh well, I’d had two good nights sleep, filled the water tanks, got more food, and there wasn’t so much to do in Iquique anyway. Arica was the only remaining port in Chile, and once you’ve seen one port in the middle of the Atacama Desert you’ve seen them all.

The wind has been pretty light, and I’ve been slatting along at 3-4 knots with five sails up…can’t do that with a sloop. With a 650 mile passage to Lima, not enough fuel to motor the whole way anyway, and diesel at a buck a liter, I’m just living with going slow.

I tried to bake a strawberry cobbler out of these canned strawberries I’ve got, but it ended up looking like a pan full of head wound.

Testing Flickr photo tool

admin May 22nd, 2007

How cool is this thing? Photos below are a set from Buenos Aires.

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admin May 12th, 2007

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In Port and Online

Clark April 28th, 2007

I am devoting this day to actually understanding this website. I hope everyone understands that this has been one-way communication up to this point: I have been sending the updates via Sailmail (very slow radio link) and Matt has been posting them to the website.

Now I have made my first post and I will start responding to comments…people have actually been reading this thing! Matt told me that I have full admin, meaning I can accidentally erase the whole website, so I will tread softly as I learn.

I finally saw something on TV about the tsunami. It’s pretty grim, pulling bodies out of the rubble. At least it’s nice and cold so the bodies are staying fresh. In Thailand they were all rotting in the tropical heat after a day. And there are only ten, whereas there were 300,000 in the the 2004 tsunami.

Updates to Assorted Adventures!

admin April 16th, 2007

Webmaster’s note: Just added some more great stories from Clark about his time spent in Argentina. You can find them under the Assorted Adventures link. Look for the stories with the title of “Good Times In Argentina”.

Warning – Some of the stories may contain salty language so don’t read without a net.