Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Any Amel owners who have sailed to Chile from Panama?

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS

Thank you Ian,

I will hunt out those titles. I fear I have left my run too late for that voyaging. I will have to enjoy it vicariously through others stories.

Kind Regards and good luck with saving the planet, its getting a bit cluttered in that zone at the moment


SM 299

Ocean Pearl

On 29 January 2019 at 11:33 "Ian & Judy ianjudyjenkins@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:



Hi Danny,

 We were there in the pre-blog era. I am in the process of writing up  the 7 years we spent sailing around South America but I am heavily engaged in a bio tech start up which all came about when I was using what was then the only cruising guide to Chile written by Ian and Maggy Staples in the late 90's . It became the RCC guide to Chilean waters. By 2003 they had sold their boat and bought the most beautiful farm in the Chilean lake district. Arising out of the production of honey on his farm Ian discovered a technology now  known as Reactive Oxygen. One thing led to another and  to which is severely curtailing my sailing--but we are going to save the world!

 One of the great benefits of the sailing world is not only that it takes you to fascinating places but you also meet fascinating people who you might never meet at your golf club. They change your life.

 Good though Ian and Maggy's guide is, the one book you should read is the Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego Nautical guide by Mariolina Rolfo and Giorgio Adrizzi. They bought, second hand, the very first Amel Sharki ( 16 coats of varnish!) and ended up spending 16 years in Chile, mainly in the Beagle.  It is the most comprehensive book on sailing conditions, anchorages, wild life, history etc etc. We became good friends and even contributed in a tiny way to their second edition.  I defy any Amel owner  to read that book and not  want to sail there. Even if you don't sail there it makes fascinating reading. We anchored in more than 70 remote  anchorages otherwise unknown to us relying entirely on their guide.

 Also read Hal Roth's  excellent book Two against the Horn. I first read it about 35 years ago and it contains a sentence to the effect that the most challenging place to take a yacht is the Chilean canales. That one sentence stood as a challenge to me during all the years when I was working until Judy said to me " if you don't do something about your dream you're going to be a wannabe Chile man ".  That was it--how can a man deny his wife?

 Very few boats go down to the south and most that do are passage making east to west and tend to hurry through. If you do go down there be ready to spend at least 2 seasons exploring what is one of the most remarkable places to sail.

Fair winds--you will need them in that part of the world .

 Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Greece

From: amelyachtowners@... <amelyachtowners@...> on behalf of Danny and Yvonne SIMMS simms@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: 28 January 2019 18:24:48
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Any Amel owners who have sailed to Chile from Panama?

Hi Ian and Judy,

I would love to read about all your experiences. Do you have some blogs you can share directly with me, guess we shouldn't load the forum. Or write a book.(seriously)  Its an area I have never thought of as a cruisers option and I am fascinated.

Kind Regards


SM 299

Ocean Pearl

On 29 January 2019 at 02:10 "Ian & Judy ianjudyjenkins@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:



Hi James,

We sailed from Panama to Chile in 2002/3 and then spent two seasons in Chile, mainly in and around the Beagle Channel.  Can't say enough about it. The best sailing experiences in 40 years of sailing and a Supermaramu is the perfect boat for those conditions.

The standard passage is to leave Panama and head  southwest in a wide arc and come back east around about Chiloe. However, friends of ours encouraged us to take the coastal route, against the prevailing wind and Humboldt current. Neither is a problem until you get to about 40s and even then you just pick your weather. We made about 90 miles good each day and were the only yacht to make the whole passage that year. Panama to Salinas in Ecuador we largely made under engine. It's doldrums country, flat calm for 6 days. We put Pen Azen ashore in Ecuador for 5 months while we backpacked around the country. Then to Peru where we anchored off Callao for a month and then we coast hopped . Very few ports, but every now and then you come across a little north facing bay where the Clube de Yates ( whose members  generally only have little motor boats) will give you a wonderful welcome.

 I could write reams about our experiences. Easier to chat if you have lots of questions. Email me on penazen@... if you would like to do so and we can fix a time. We are in London so GMT at the moment.

 Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Greece

From: amelyachtowners@... <amelyachtowners@...> on behalf of jamescromie@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: 27 January 2019 19:25
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Any Amel owners who have sailed to Chile from Panama?

Hello everyone - 

I'm interested to know if there are any Amel owners who have sailed to Southern Chile from Panama along the Pacific coast of South America.  If so, I'd love to hear about your experience.   

Many thanks!













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