Pacific Crossing 2010-11
Pre Galapagos departure with Noel and Jackie from Pyewacket.
Last sight of land leaving Las Perlas as we begin our passage
Our view for the next five days
As usual Champ did all the steering
Then just after midnight on March 6 we reached the equator.
Solemn ceremony for King Neptune
Read by each of us
One for King Neptune
One for Amy
One for Roger
Well, maybe more than one
All smiles the next day on the other side of the Equator
and after 600 miles Pyewacket and Shango meet again!
We sailed the next two days within sight of each other
Our first sight of San Cristobal
900 miles of perfect sailing.
Almost continuous winds of 15-25 knots.
Broad reaching or downwind.
Three 190+ mile days
7.1 knot average speed for passage
Remarkable luck for first Pacific passage
A spectacular sail down the coast to Wreck Bay.
Huge offshore rocks
Shango has never been in prettier waters
Pyewacket also enjoying the beauty
Wreck Bay. Anchor almost down.
Our post passage ritual........no comments about the Champagne choice.
Reality and Shango checking into Immigration with Joseph our agent
Sharon and Amy checking out food options
a mysterious fruit tree
A car growing weeds
Noel picked out the place for our celebration lunch.
It had good taste in baseball jerseys
and we celebrated our passage
On the way back to the boat the sea lions were everywhere
asleep on the sidewalk
and a little more natural on the beach
At night there were hundreds on the main beach
Joseph delivering fuel right to our boat. Life is good, no lugging jerry jugs.
Park Interpretive Center. Very well done history of Galapagos..
Our diving guide Franklin.
Blue Footed Boobies
Leon Dormido, our snorkel site. Amazing wall dives on two sides of the rock.
The whole crew, Reality and Shango
Sea lion playing in rock cut
Marine growth on the rock wall
Playing with the Sea Lions
They loved to clown around
Small shark below us
five year old tortoises
a little older....they live to be 150 years old
Curare, Shango, and tortoises
The land tour crew. Shango, One World, Curare and Reality.
El Junco, a fresh water lake in an old Volcano crater
The day of the tsunami we spent 10 hours outside the harbor motoring and
sailing around. Mala Conducta
is a beautiful cat built at Lyman Morse in Maine (Note the sea lion preventers on the swim platforms.)
The famous Darwin finch
and the Finch's favorite food, Opuntia, cactus flower
Mohini arriving from Panama
Curare departing for Easter Island
Our last night in the Galapagos with Mohini
Leaving the Galapagos for the Marquesas, 3084 miles and ? days
First four days were very light air, two days of motoring and two days of the Purple Monster
and a few squalls to dodge
big event of the first week was our first ship sighting.....saw 3 during entire passage.
Pizza and beer celebration at half way point
Constant attention to chafe prevention and repair
Wing on Wing overnight, previously taboo on Shango, became accepted practice
You Tube Videos of Marquesas Passage
We got pretty good at setting the spinnaker....could get it up or stowed in 15 minutes
except for our first several days, every morning brought the promise of another beautiful day
Every morning we also had our daily collection of flying fish casualties
Sail changes, reading, eating and sleeping were the main activities
On the morning of our 22nd day Fatu Hiva appeared right where she was supposed to be!
Our first sights of Fatu Hiva as we make our landfall in The Marquesas
It was hard to believe that we were actually in the Marquesas as we approached Hanavave's Bay of Virgins.
Rock formations like we had never seen
Beautiful afternoon colors
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