GRATITUDE / SUPPORT

We are very thankful to friends, family, strangers, & the Armada de Chile who supported us when we dismasted our sailboat Anasazi Girl on day 21 of a non-stop family passage attempt from Auckland to Lorient.

After losing our rig, we were picked up by the Chilean Navy and Anasazi Girl was towed to Puerto Wiliams. Our family crew were alive and well, but we found ourselves shipwrecked on the remote Island of Navarino where there were zero
marine services, much less a wing mast for Anasazi Girl.  (Dismasting Story - HERE)

It was on this tiny Chilean island at the tip of South America & the south side of the Beagle Channel that Anasazi Girl sat side-tied Antartic & Cape Horn expedition boats at the Armada de Chile's Micalvi Yacht Club while we tried to find a solution for sailing out of there.

A used aluminum rig was built by Buzz Ballenger at Ballenger Spars in Watsonville, California that was ready to ship by December 2014. Used sails, line & hardware were donated to us by Michael Hennessey of Dragon Ocean Racing.

We were short funds to pay the balance due on the mast & the transport costs required to ship the mast & two pallets to Navarino Island.

So Anasazi Girl sat frozen in for three winter seasons in inlet off the Beagle Channel called Seno Lauta. We lived aboard Anasazi Girl & experienced both the stress of being chained to the dock with a broken boat as well as the magic & beauty of being in the pristine enviroment of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve.


During this time we applied for temporary residency in Chile and formed a Chilean LLC called Anasazi Ltda. We were between Puerto Williams and Punta Arenas working out of our virtual offices and dreaming about sailing again with our family.

It took us until February 2016 before we could pay off the balance due on the mast. Another six months passed before we fully organized the funds &logistics of shipping the mast down to Chile.

In October 2016 the mast arrived in central Chile, it was then sent by ground transport to Punta Arenas. We shipped the replacement rig the last 300 nm from the Straits of Magellan through the fjords to the Beagle Channel to Puerto Williams. In December 2016, two years and nine months after we were dismasted, we finally re-rigged Anasazi Girl on Isla Navarino.

We made three short test sails through the Beagle Channel between Puerto Williams and Ushuaia, then we sailed from Ushuaia to Punta del Este, Uruguay; then non-stop to Rio de Janeiro; and a final last leg to Grenada, in the West Indies.

We finished our circumnavigation on the boat as as a family when we crossed our own line from 2011 on our paper chart off the Brazilian coast of Recife.

We feel so much gratitude to everyone who sent words of support & encouragement, made a donation, or sent work our way during our days of being shipwrecked. We couldn't have accomplished this goal without you.

After circumnavigating with the family, the boat was decomissioned and stored on the land for one year in Grenada. During this time, we lived/worked/sailed on another boat (a Chuck Paine Bougainvillea 62') from Grenada south to Uruguay for almost ten months.

We then spent three months in Chile finalizing our residency before we returned to relaunch Anasazi Girl in June 2018. We are now living aboard her in Grenada, our next destination to be determined.

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