Marquasas passage and The Galapagos Story, Part I. 04:59:47S 95:09:26W
We are currently motor sailing on a course of 248° Towards
our current waypoint which is at 07° 30 South, 103°West, (some 490nm distant) on
our way to the latitudes where we hope to pick up the favourable trade winds.
The strategy being that these strong SE winds together with the positive equatorial
current will carry us on our way under sail along to the final destination
which is at an arrival waypoint of 09°South, 140°West. That being the
So far we have motored, motor sailed and sailed some 63
hours combined, since leaving
The only fly in the ointment so far on this trip has been
the failure of the Mast Head unit, which provides the wind speed and direction
data to the Navigation computer. It looks like the bearings on the anemometer
have just worn out. (Can’t complain as the boat has now completed just
under 20,000nm). So we are hoping to get a new one shipped out to Nuku Hiva,
from B&G and carried by
Now its time to turn my attention back to the exquisite Galapagos experience…………………
The arrivals process in Galapagos starts almost immediately you
have completed anchoring.
After all of this we were allowed ashore. No need for dinghies here, Just hail a water taxi. $0.60 a ride one way and they run 24/7, but $1 after 1800 at night. On our first night we enjoyed an impromptu party for around two thirds of the Rally at the Red Mangrove Hotel, in their Sushi Restaurant.. All put together by Reinhard and Shelia of Blue Raven. The next day was Rally Briefing for the next leg and the ubiquitous Rally Party that was held in the grounds of a very exotic lodge hotel out in the country. This was a bit of a hoot as the busses were booked quite early to take us back into town. So 8 of us naughty Ralliers stayed behind and then called a pair of Taxis. In the event we got home sooner, as the coach broke down………Hey Hoho
Then it was time to depart for our wonderful seven day trip
around these amazing
This involved the 8 couples from the Rally being collected
by mini bus and transported across the
A word about Angelito 1. This lovely vessel was stated as being 15 years old, but we suspect the original wooden vessel was much older, but the hull had been encapsulated 15 years ago. It had 8 double cabins arranged as 4 cabins on the upper deck and four on the lower deck with the mess deck, restaurant and bar on the middle deck. It had all the necessary facilities. En-suite bathrooms and showers, library, sun decks, dive platform, and was fully air-conditioned (for those that wanted it). Our cabin (#8) was on the upper deck and was light and airy, with a bunk bed arrangement. The lower bunk being just wide enough for two people. The mattress was rock hard, which was fine for us, bur some of our fellow Ralliers did find they had consequential back problems for the first few days. The upper bunk was pressed into service for our luggage. Jennie had not lost her touch. Enough luggage for a small army of holiday makes. Just to two of us……….Just in case etc
Once at anchor we had the chance to take in our surroundings. Beautiful in a rugged way. The first foray ashore was at 1530, to ensure we missed the hottest point of the day, and so after a short rest we were given the opportunity to go snorkelling off the back of the boat. Almost immediately two Galapagos sharks, some 3 metres in length were spotted in the water nearby, so we declined the offer of a swim!
This chap weighs in at around 500lbs, and is remarkably agile and would not hesitate to do you serious harm if you go near any of his cows or the youngsters. Especially at this time of year when it is the prime breeding season. So we had to take great care whilst we manoeuvred ashore. The other reason for not getting too intimate with this lumbering leviathan is the smell. They have an odour du rotting fish that is truly overwhelming. Wild life at its best……………..Definitely not your typical Disney sanitised theme park character.
Not so some of his off spring, who were very inquisitive and tame……
This little Pup was no more than 4 weeks old.
WE eventually managed to drag ourselves away after this major photo Opportunity, only to stumble over the first of many of the Galapagos Islands National symbol……………………………..The Iguana…………….
This was a yellow land Iguana, unique to
Then it was time to focus on the bird life here. First up, the Swallow Tailed Red Foot Gull……………………….
These beautiful birds are unique to the Galapagos, but are
common throughout the
Well that is my ration of four pictures per Blog entry used
up! So for the second part of the