Lexington - Isabella
We are anchored in Porto Villamil, Isla Isabella.We signed up for a tour tomorrow to do some snorkeling and to visit the lava tunnels. We walked into town and checked in, walked around town and then went for a small free snorkel area. Jerry made friends with a sea turtle who would swim back and forth around him. I swam over to his area and got some real good video of the turtle. I can not post it now because we only have satellite access. We are back on the boat now. It is a little hot but there is g good breeze. There are a moderate number of flys so it is not perfect.Pretty darn nice though. The first is la photo as we entered the port area. Next is a nice churchThen Jerry, Ann and Dinger with the Main Street behind them. They are doing a little uRban renewal so the streets and the. read more...
Lexington - Captain Bob: onward and westward
We pulled out of San Cristobal tonight at about 4:15 pm. We are hoping to travel thru the nightand arrive at first light. That way we have the daytime to get oriented and decide what needs to be seen the most. We are motor sailing to make the right speed. It is about 90 miles. We are going to Isabella. A good percentage of the fleet is doing the same thing. I did a walking tour today. I figured out how to pull my GoPro photos up on my computer. I had used it to take some photos while snorkeling. Most were mediocre but some were better than average. I will not be able to post them until we get a real good internet connection. We will read some of the information on Isabella tonight. We already know we want to go see the lava tunnels. These are tunnels of lava flows, where the inside of a. read more...
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
I did a walking tour of the interpretive center and Darwin Bay. It was a self guided trip with a lot of walking. I did snorkel in the bay. I talked to some young people that were doing volunteer work in the islands in return for a place to stay and only working 4 hours a day. The first photos are of cactus and their blooms, next an iguana, then a gun that was installed during World War II, then a statue of Charles Darwin, txt photos of Darwin Bay where snorkeled, next photo over land looking out to the boat,another looking out to boat(girl on beach added attraction), Ct Darwin and I Hope all is well with youMore photos this time since I have better internet image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6 image7 image8 image9 image10 image11 image12 image13 image14. read more...
Misto - Days 41-43: San Cristobal
The anchorage at Puerto Baquerizo was not as difficult as feared and we were able to anchor without a stern anchor.The monohulls certainly rolled in the swell more than we did! We passed the official hull inspection on the day of our arrival, but had to wait until the following day to be cleared.Nine officials crowded into our cockpit and the process was fairly brisk.We were asked to show our flares, fire extinguishers, paper charts of the Galapagos, capacity of our holding tanks and our GPS position.Once cleared in we were free to enjoy San Cristobal. Over the next two days we enjoyed happy hours at the Miconia Hotel, dinner at Rostia's and a great boat tour to Kicker Rock where we snorkeled through the gap in the rocks seeing a couple of turtles, sea lions and many fish - even though. read more...
Timshel - Panama to Galapagos day 7
There were a lot of birds, some sort of gull making a strange whirring noise,around the boat at night - perhaps it indicates that we are getting closer to land.Having motored most of the night again, hoisted the Halfwinder (cruising chute) at 0530 - and the wind immediately died away.But we persevered sailing at just 3 to 4 knots (and would have been less without the favourable current).Steve woke me at 0750 to say that the time was nigh - we were about to cross the equator for the first time!The crew (assorted soft toys, Teddy bears, a Snoopy and a Penguin) were assembled for their photo opportunity along with the champagne that had been chilling in the fridge.Steve and I dressed up - possibly a Sea Nymph and Neptune respectively, though Neptune had to make do with the shark (towed. read more...
Lady - Post Race Net Control
I understand that the Nanny Cay Caribbean 1500 office has closed.Thanks for all you did, Andy and Mia!Have a great vacation! I have been monitoring the SSB net since I left Nanny Cay, on Wednesday, and have had communications with Wavelength and Surprise. Tonight, 1900 Wavelength 20 52N 64 14W.Sailing, but not really fast, Surprise was at 20 28N 64 11W under power,wind E 8-9. Surprise estimates they will reach Nanny Cay about 1400-1500 tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, November 26, 2011) Wavelength thinks that they will get there tomorrow, but it may be after dark. Wavelength is uncertain if their VHF radio works. Charlie gave them advice on entering Nanny Cay after dark, and suggested to them that they tie up at the fuel dock either day or night if their radio does not work. Jenny. read more...