Boisterous Downwind Sailing; Galapagos Part VI: 07:13:80S 110:27:26W
WE had another brilliant days sailing, covering 171NM in the last 24 hours. The Trade winds ESE to SE from 12 to 25 knots. The surprising thing has been the drop in air temperature. We now have to wear sleeveless puffer jackets in the afternoons and evenings, to supplement the Shorts and Polo shits. That said we are still enjoying bright sunny days.
I had some excitement on the fishing front late this
afternoon. I was sitting in the cockpit, just getting to the finale of Jilly
Coopers “Wicked”, when the reel on the fishing rod started to run
out. We did our best to slow the boat down and I then “stood up to the
mark”, to take on the latest whopper. After a couple of minutes most of
the line had gone out (400metres worth), this despite the brake being nearly
full on. I then over did it and put on too much brake. So the 50lbs line just
went “ping”. Another lure bites the dust!! Somewhat crest
fallen, I reeled in what was left of the line. However, this is not necessarily
a bad thing….Whilst in
And so we return to the wonders of the Galapagos Archipelago. El Baranco…………..
This Island truly is a Twitchers
“ I wish I hadn’t eaten that last Tuna…….”
Now for the Bird life, quite a bit of which is not shown
here because it costs a kings ransom to post lots of pictures via Satellite
phone. So the one’s not shown are the Lava Gull. Similar to the Swallow
Tailed Gulls as shown on previous blog entries, but a dark chocolate colour.
Then lots more Mocking birds. There is also a huge colony of Petrels on
One of the cutest birds is the Galapagos Dove. seen below.
These are the same size as Ring Neck Doves in
“I must be more careful with the eyeliner”
Also on this
“Aren’t I just gorgeous?”
Next up, the Masked Boobies. This pair were engaged in a protracted courting display. This involved the male picking up twigs and small pebbles and offering these as gifts to the female on the left of the picture below (she is the one looking bored). This was followed by lots of dancing and wing flapping as well as a significant amount of noise. It looked like his efforts were reworded, as he “scored” in the end……….
“Cut out the crap and show us the size of your Willy”
The National Parks love to but up inane signs, Usually, a stop sign is helpfully installed in front of a 100 foot cliff edge! This one, adorned by a Masked Boobie chick, was much more fun………..
Safe sex poster, Galapagos style…………
So, that is another episode concluded. The next day we