Last night we watched as the sun set over the
Galapagos islands. We couldn't see the land but we could see the line of
low-lying cloud hanging over where the land must be; the only cloud around in
an otherwise unblemished sky.
It was the most incredible sunset. The star of the
show being the huge clear golden orb sinking into the sea leaving behind
incredible bold splashes of colour in the sky; these lingered long after the
sun had disappeared into the horizon. As I gazed upon nature's masterpiece I
couldn't help but think of Charles Darwin plying these same waters in the HMS
Beagle; landing in the Galapagos and writing his seminal works on evolutionary
theory based on the incredible and diverse species of creatures that he
discovered there. Amongst romantic dreams of huge square rigged sailing ships,
men in curly wigs with triangular hats, short trousers and bronze telescopes
making epic voyages of discovery I couldn't help wondering if the Red-footed
Boobies shat all over their decks too.
I am *almost* certain that the voyage of the HMS
Beagle was 1819 but I will certainly fact check that sometime when I
have the marvelous-magical-international-Google-web again. I don't miss the
internet though (she says tapping away ready to post her blog online; yes
ironic I know) I am nostalgic for an age when the answers to life's puzzles
were found in the pages of large hardback books. I spent a long time this
morning poring over my copy of "Seabirds: an identification guide"
(Harrison, Peter: 1983) trying to identify a large white orange-beaked
seabird with black wings. I am certain there would be an online app that would
identify this creature in moments but I'm not convinced it would be as
satisfying. I am still working on it; I will report my progress when I get to
the bottom of it. I also learnt from my book that there is a single species of
Penguin found only in the Galapagos Islands which is frequently found offshore
so I am keeping a vigilant look out for that! Unfortunately it sounds like they
predominantly populate the northwesterly Galapagos islands so the other side to
where we are currently; but one little straggler had got himself as far as the
coast of Panama according to my book so it's worth keeping a look out just
This morning's excitement came when we sailed
through a group of sea lions who were out fishing for their breakfast. Jamie
called me up on deck but unfortunately I missed them. He describes them as
follows "they broke the surface of the water with porpoise-like movement
but when they looked up at Hamble Warrior with curiosity they had sweet
cat-like faces with large brown eyes and whiskers, very graceful".
It is another stunning day in the Pacific Ocean at
present. There is more cloud around than yesterday but; so far at least, it's
all the white fluffy variety. Apparently there is an increased risk of squalls
Shortly before midnight last night we lost all
wind and dropped our sails. With no sails up we rolled heavily for several
hours. We took the opportunity to get as much sleep as possible but with the
severity of the rolling I woke aching from bracing my body against the motion.
We had drifted 5nm in the right direction when Jamie raised the sails again
shortly before 7am this morning. Since then we have been making steady progress
in force 3 winds; doing around 4kts as we ease our way past the most easterly
Galapagos Islands. We expect to loose the wind again completely later and have
a period of calms ahead of us again but we are grateful to be making way whilst
2 more eggs went overboard this morning :(
Last night's Moussaka was a great success; we only
ate half of it so we have a dinner ready made for tonight or tomorrow now!
Meep came up to check out what was new above decks
first thing but is now back in his hammock snoozing face up in what I call
"thriller pose" with his paws bent in front of him. He doesn't look
like a cat with big plans for the day.
As we post this update our 5pm to 5pm daily run
comes in at a respectable enough 70nm. Not bad bearing in mind we didn't have
any sails up all of last night.
That's today's news folks. Have a good week all of
you. I imagine a lot of you are taking a week off in the lead up to Easter so
hope you have exciting plans and that the weather plays along with them.