Celebrate - S/V Ko-Ko & S/V Celebrate and Autopilot Adventures at the start of Leg 3!
Ko-Ko had to come back from the start of Leg 3 because of auto pilot issues. Anchored near us, Charlie spent the afternoon with them and was able to help identify the problem which could be fixed quickly by a mechanic. They now have a working autopilot and our new autopilot was delivered by Ricardo last night!Haakon & Ellen kindly invited us for wine at the Rock Cafe and dinner at II Giardino with their new crew Brian & Lauren. With our crew,Randy, we all celebrated!After our autopilot installation we will see if any customization is needed and then be able to depart the Galapagos.So far, so good!Cathy. read more...
Celebrate - Final Tours and Party Toasts on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos!
Santa Cruz Island runs the gamut of dry vegetation in the low areas to the lush tropical trees of the "Highlands" just minutes away by car. Our final tour was visiting the giant tortoises in their natural habitat on a farm with protected acreage, viewing volcano craters and walking through large lava tubes. Galapagos will not be forgotten!Last night our crew member, Randy, treated us to scenic drinks and a fabulous sushi dinner out. For a final toast afterwards, Laurie of Nexus asked us to join in with their crew Sheldon and Ness at the street food fair. Laurie's husband, Russ, was on Ghost helping with their instruments, but he was able to join us a little later. Also, saw Becky of Skyelark for a minute. What a great evening! Today was the start of Leg 3 to Hiva Oa in French Polynesia.. read more...
Celebrate - Smashing Rally Fleet Supper at II Giardino on Santa Cruz!
Starblazer started the evening by hosting us for Caipirinha cocktails at the open-air Rock Cafe Happy Hour before dinner.So gracious of them, we had a chance to get to know John and Joyce better on our Kicker Rock tour in San Cristobal.Their son from Hong Kong,Richard and his wife, Stephanie, are here in Galapagos for a few days.Very interesting and nice people!Then Brian and Lauren, a very nice young couple crewing on Dasha Way, joined us too for a very tasty three-course supper at the attractive tropical, two-story Italian II Giardino Restaurant. As we walked up the beautiful stairway to the second floor the World Rally greeters, Suzana and Alex, were there to send us in the right direction with smiles.During our dinner of a shrimp curry appetizer, a fresh fish in coconut sauce entree. read more...
Celebrate - Sharks, Turtles and Rays (Oh My!)
It was a spectacular scuba trip to Gordon Rocks with two excellent dives.The rocks rise directly from about 100' depth so it's a wall dive and is open directly to ocean swell and currents.The appearance of a school of hammerhead sharks was accompanied by a flukey-current blast of ice-water which made the visibility shimmer.These currents are what make for stunning Galapagos diving by bringing deep water nutrients to the Islands.Also, I got an up-close view of a large sea-turtle that swam away into a dead-end crevice in the rock wall and then had to spend time getting turned around so he could leave. It was very interesting to watch. The dive was topped off with a school of rays as well as a huge variety of reef-fish.Charlie. read more...
Celebrate - Pelicans, Pelicans in Puerto Ayora at Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
What a colorful and interesting port city with the Charles Darwin Research Station very nearby.We are anchored in Academy Bay right off Puerto Ayora with a stern and bow anchor this time behind S/V Caduceus and with S/V Nexus next to us.Plenty of pelicans plunging for fish right off our boat!We were excited to hear that our cousins from New York City, Leon and Dixie, were staying at a close by hotel and could meet us for dinner.They picked out a fun Italian restaurant, II Giardino.Soon, Russ, Laurie, Sheldon and Vanessa of Nexus appeared at the next table with their guests from San Diego, John and Lorie.Also, we visited with a National Geographic Group Tour that was heading up to the highlands.So much to see and learn in the Galapagos!Charlie and I will miss Joel of the World ARC Rally. read more...