The Challenge of Provisioning and Preparing for the next leg
Mike and Liz Downing
Fri 26 Feb 2010 04:52
Most of the food has gone into normal lockers and the drink is in lockers under the floor around the bilge (they're dry lockers), but the forward cabin is being used for the bulky stuff. We did make a bit of space by taking out the cruising chute from the sail locker and putting it on the forward berth - we will need it on the next leg - and filling the space with bottled water.
The next leg should be quite different from the last leg across the Caribbean and we have to prepare the boat differently. For the last leg the cruising chute was buried in it's locker, but we are expecting very light winds for the next 1000 miles and if what wind we have is from behind, the cruising chute will be used a lot. We have to cross the ITCZ, or doldrums, which shift, but are usually just north of the Equator. It's a zone of very little, if any wind and potentially lots of heavy rain. So we are stocking up on fuel, with extra plastic cans (referred to as jerry jugs out here) on deck as we expect to be motoring quite a bit. The Galapagos islands are about 50 miles south of the Equator and we don't expect to get any decent wind until well south of the Islands. But that's quite a way off. Our first landfall should be the Las Perlas Islands, just 35 miles or so south from Panama. Yachts that have been there say the water is lovely and clear (it's disgusting here!). I agreed to help another boat through the canal this weekend (that will make 3 transits), so we cannot leave before Tuesday. We hope to spend a few days in the Las Perlas while we wait for a reasonable forecast to head for the Galapagos. We really would like to sail there if we can. The Blue Water Rally leave Las Perlas about 2nd March but they are going to Academy Bay on the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, we're bound for Wreck Bay on the island of Cristobal. The World Arc leave the Galapagos by 7th March, so we're all waiting for them to go!
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