" A LADY TRIP " Sailing around the World,, ( presently in the Galapagos Islands )

A Lady
Stephen Hyde
Tue 2 Mar 2010 15:06
Thursday 25th february  2010
07.00hrs  S and A were collected by " Voyaguer" ( an Amel Super Maramu 2000 owned by Dave and Sue Mackay from Scotland)
and sailed off to " Pto, Ayora" in Isla Santa Cruz, 45 miles away,  A lovely day with a soft 15knot breeze on the aft quarter,
11.00hrs lots of chat, coffee, and we sorted out the second anchor for Porto Ayora, it seems we have to anchor bow and stern here.
We listened on radio to " Charles " on  ( Dreamcatcher, a H,R yacht ) Even though the boat is less than 1 year old, they are having major problems with
the engine, so Charles has to sail into a very confined harbour and drop two anchors, so he is having conversations with the harbour people
and other boats making sure there is help when he arrieves, we are a few miles behind him.
Hallberg Rassy have told " Charles " that the problem with the engine has nothing to do with them and they were not going to do anything to help.
Totally the opposite attitude to " Oyster" who look after their customers , no matter what or where they are in the world.
14.30hrs We arrieve in Pto Ayro and dropped our two anchors without much difficulty,
17.30hrs  We all went ashore to the Rock cafe where there was a happy hour for the " World A R C " participants
S & A did a scout around the town, much more sophisticated than San Cristobal,
Then it started raining, cripes Rain, bucket loads and it went on for at least 2 hours,
The road was like a river,
eventually it cleared and S & A had an Italian meal before returning to " Voyaguer" to go to bed.
Meanwhile, Fats and Kevin went to " Kickers Rock " today and will bring " A  LADY " over to Pto Ayro tomorrow.
Signed,  Stephen Hyde ( skipper)