Mocha Island Trip - Day 3

I woke up late, at 10:00. The wind almost died, the waves also calmed down. I retrieved the anchor and slowly began motoring towards the pierce. I was not sure whether to try and go on land, it was never in my plans, but the sea was calm and I decided to give it a try. I arrived at the pierce, tied the boat with the help of some local fishermen and disembarkedů The boat was relatively safe, but still was slowly beaten by the swell against the pierce wall. So I did a quick, Japanese tourist style photo session on land, taking some 40 photos in 10 minutes, and then I was back and leaving.

The Arrival at Isla Mocha and Return Trip Next Day.

I continued along the coast at a slow speed for a couple of miles and then turned due north. There was some southerly wind, but not strong enough, so that I had to run under the sails and the engine again. The wind and the waves built up slightly towards the evening when I approached Caleta Morhuilla. I took down the main, and continued on jib and engine. It was impossible to enter the Caleta, because the swell became much higher, with occasional waves surpassing 5 meters, and the water ahead was rather shallow, so I turned away and continued north.

Basically, I had to arrive at the Bahia de Illico, and I estimated the arrival time at 1:30 in the morning. The wind was picking up slowly, from 10 knots to more than 20 knots towards the end of the trip, and with the 4 meter waves I was surfing and flying at an average speed of 7.5 knots, with occasional 10 knots on the GPS. The maximum speed was 10.7 knots! It was a nice ride, but towards the end I had to take the controls from the autopilot, because it was not able to keep the direction well, and broaching became a real prospect.

Mocha Island
Mocha Island
Mocha Island
Mocha Island
Mocha Island
Mocha Island
Mocha Island
Mocha Island
Mocha Island
Six meter high waves - the bottom is flat, but due to the wave motion there is a up-and-down movement with an amplitude of about 6 meters!
Near Morhuilla.
Land Near Lebu.
After Sunset.