Today's ReportMarch 25/10 0800 JST
39°49'S, 73°15'W (Valdivia Marina)
The replacement furler swivel arrived and was installed yesterday along with a halyard wrap preventer, Saito-san reported today. Both were supplied by the manufacturer under warranty, though local delivery from Santiago and customs handling and duty added on another 191,000 pesos ($350) and a frustrating 14-day delay. At least it finally could reach him!
He said repairs and sail rigging are finished and everything "looks good." His arm, injured from a falling hatch, is now completely recovered.
Other than clearing customs and getting a stamp on his exit papers he appears set to go. He expects to leave within the next two days.
The timing appears good, with the weather and winds favorable. Plus his extended visa runs out on March 31.