Bristol Rose - Day 6 Galapagos to Marquesas. Navigating our Course.
We've made 900nm in 5 days. The crew of Bristol Rose are enjoy watching the video "Master and Commander".We left the Galapagos island of Isla Isabela on Sunday 18th of April 2010. We were fortunate to have good wind as we left the delightful anchorage of Villamil. Taking advantage of the wind conditions we took Bristol Rose south on the rhum line. In hindsight this tactic was not necessary as we had favorable wind to enable sailing towards the SE trades. We then sailed due west along a 3 degrees south latitude to avoid the reported area of rough weather conditions. At 105 degrees west we started the remaining 2000nm run along the rhum line to the Marquesas. We plan to stay on the north side of the rhum line, not to be tempted to make south too early. This strategy should keep the SE. read more...
Bristol Rose - Day 4 Galapagos to Marquesas
"For many cruising boats the passage from Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas is their longest and, if one is lucky with the weather, it can also be one of the most pleasant" - Jimmy Cornell, World Cruising Routes.Our passage on Bristol Rose is not blessed with fine weather. We have overcast skies, numerous rain squalls with wind gusts to 40 knots and a heavy swell with wind blown chop, making for an uncomfortable ride. On a positive note we are also enjoying one of the fastest passages to date on Bristol Rose with daily runs of over 180nm for 3 consecutive days. We are sailing with double reefed main and Genoa. Our fastest speed over ground has been 10.4kts with a favorable current of 2kts and our average for the passage since we left Isla Isabela is 7.7ktsThe crew is only able to find a. read more...
Bristol Rose - Almost, but not quite.
Last Saturday we left Las Perlas early in the morning for the Galapagos. One week later, we're backtracking to Panama City, just 10 miles to go, as the crows fly. Our friends on Eowyn should be in the Galapagos in the morning. We wish all the World ARC fleet a safe passage.Conditions yesterday started off well as we sailed north. Winds increased over the day, again right on the nose so we tacked all day. The past two days have been uncomfortable sailing and we're tired. We were pleased to drop the anchor at Isla Contadora in Las Perlas just as the sun was setting.Knowing that the winds were forecast to drop during today, we made an early start this morning and have sailed well with a more comfortable angle on the wind than the past 2 days. At 3:30PM Panama City is in our sights, the sea. read more...
Bristol Rose - Tacking North, Friday, Feb 19.
Thankfully we have much improved conditions this morning as we tack between the islands of Isla Del Ray and Isla San Jose. We wanted to make it easy on ourselves and take short-ish hops rather than an all out run north to Panama City/Balboa. Not so easy, yesterday was a rough one (almost 24 hours) with winds 25 knots right on the nose and very choppy washing machine seas as we pounded our way north to the anchorage at Isla San Jose. Dropped the sails and anchor around 4:30AM and finally got some sleep. How beautiful the northern anchorage of the island looked when we awoke four hours later.Underway again, the wind is still from the north, about 20 knots and the sea is much calmer than yesterday. Elliot felt like putting out the line to troll for fish, still hopeful!Bristol Rose sails. read more...
Bristol Rose - Many Thanks from Bristol Rose
Thanks so much to you all at Rally Control for hanging in there with us (Nick, especially) during our ordeal. We very much appreciate all your efforts and those of the organizations in the UK, USA and Panama, working in co-operation. The outcome could have been far worse if not for your quick action. Graham, Mike and John of Eowyn were our only direct contact by radio throughout. Graham was our calm communicator whose quick and deliberate actions, many calls and emails back and forth between us and Rally Control and ever-friendly voice made all the difference in reassuring us that help was indeed on its way. Eowyn hove-to on their passage to the Galapagos until Graham had confirmation that a boat was coming for us. The Pan Pacific Net was instrumental in helping us make direct contact. read more...