Hmmm… Howard Rice is about to sail an 11ft 11in Scamp sailing boat south through the Strait of Magellan from Punta Arenas down to the remote Southwest Islands of Tierra del Fuego…
He’s supposed to be setting off today. Great, good luck to him!
I hope he won’t mind my borrowing some of his photos of the loading process. He’ll be carrying three months’ food and who knows how much water, along with everything else.
The boat is designed by John Welsford: the main change to the original design that I can see is that he’s got a two-stick rig. Well you would want a very controllable rig going down to pennyweight sails, wouldn’t you?
Howard’s done this before, as his Wikipedia page shows – that time he rounded the Horn in a sailing canoe equipped with a storm sail measuring only 2sqft – this time he’s got a storm sail of 5sqft.
Follow his progress on John’s weblog, on Howard’s weblog, Howard’s Facebook page, on the Scamp Sailboat Facebook page and doubtless quite a few other places as well.
Read about Scamp and get plans here.