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19/02/2017

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...


Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: walking tour
19/02/2017

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...


18/02/2017

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...


18/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: more photos

Here are some photos approaching Kicker Rock showing Jerry Hey, Jim Dinger and myself image2 image3 image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: more photos
18/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob : more photos

These are photos of Booby birds on the rocks. The white ones are Nasca boobies and the darker ones are blue footed boobiesimage3 image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob : more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob : more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob : more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob : more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob : more photos
Lexington - Captain Bob : more photos
18/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: more from the sea

The whole crew went on a tour today that the World Cruising Club had set up in our program. It was a 2/3 day tour. We went to a beach for swim snorkel and then to a place called Kicker Rock.We had an excellent naturalist, a tour guide trained an registered by the government. He spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable. He snorkeled with us and discussed things while underway. I will post photos image3 image2 image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: more from the sea
Lexington - Captain Bob: more from the sea
Lexington - Captain Bob: more from the sea
Lexington - Captain Bob: more from the sea
Lexington - Captain Bob: more from the sea
Lexington - Captain Bob: more from the sea
18/02/2017

Firefly - French Guiana not Fernando de Noronha

Today is Saturday 18th of February and Firefly is passing the north eastern corner of Brazil having left Salvador 4 days ago. It has been a good passage heading north east up to Cabo De Sao Roque where we are now altering course to the north west. On the basis of information about ocean swells, received via e mail from several sources, we decided not to go to Fernando de Noronha. Noronha is a national park and anchoring is restricted to one area that is open to the north and notoriously rolly - the predicted swells for the next few days are coming from the north. Therefore it would have likely been very uncomfortable if we were able to anchor at all.We are now planning to stop at French Guiana en route to Grenada. As we sail up the coast of French Guiana we will anchor for a night off. read more...


17/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob:

More photos from 360 tour. image1 image3 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob:
Lexington - Captain Bob:
Lexington - Captain Bob:
Lexington - Captain Bob:
Lexington - Captain Bob:
Lexington - Captain Bob:
17/02/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour

We went on a boat tour today called the 360 tour which was a trip around the whole island with stops for swimming and fishing. We saw some interesting spots. Lots of beautiful spots. Photos below. image2 image3 image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: 360 tour
Misto - Last night with Chuck and Sharon in the Galapagos
Misto - Last night with Chuck and Sharon in the Galapagos
18/02/2017

Timshel - Panama to Galapagos Day 6

Finally got a little wind, after a couple of failed attempts managed to get the boat sailing at 05.30 making 4 knots or so in 6 or 7 knots of true wind.We realised we need at least this much wind to sail.Slow but good for this trip.And it lasted for nearly 12 hours, but with speed dropped to 2 knots and sadly the favourable tide had slacked off, we doused the chute and started the engine again at 1700 this evening.At least the engine got a rest, and we calculate that we ALMOST have enough fuel to make it now.Events of note - a bird, some kind of gull stopped of for a rest, again saw one ship on AIS in the distance and Steve had a shower.And it was another glorious sunny day.Chartplotter now says 29 hours to go, but it will probably be longer when hopefully we manage to sail a bit. read more...


17/02/2017

Exocet Strike - 16-17 February 2017

Yesterday was a beautifully sunny and hot day, no cloud and sufficient wind to drive us along very comfortably. During the evening and night it started to drop and by 0300 it was only giant 4 knots towards our waypoint. We are going to a Marina 6 miles up a river which gets quite narrow and windy, so we need to go up in daylight and hopefully with the tide with us.So we furled the headsail and put the engine on. By 0800 however the wind suddenly picked up to 20 knots, so engine off and sail out. Doing 9 knots, that's better. Our ETA to the river entrance then reduced significantly. As I write this the wind is down to 13 knots and our speed is 7 knots, more than we would motor with so we are taking it while we can. ETA at the river entrance is 1500 which will do nicely.Stella enjoyed her. read more...


17/02/2017

Taistealai - blog photos

 Arrived in Galapagos I have posted lots of photos of the trip so far on our yellow brick Bloghttps://my.yb.tl/yblogtaistealai sitting here listening to Sealions barking around the boat a magical place !! . read more...


16/02/2017

Lexington - tour of the day

Dinger, Jerry Hey, Ann and myself went on a cab tour today. We had not planned any ahead so we were determined to do something today, our first day in the Galapagos. We signed up for a tour which included a turtle hatchery. The name of the place was Parque Nacional Galapagos. They gather eggs an then incubated, hatched and then kept in a very controlled environment until they are 5 years old. Then they are released into the park an also back into their natural environment at the north end of the island. See photoimage4 image3 image5 image1 image2 image6. read more...


Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
Lexington - tour of the day
16/02/2017

Timshel - Panama to Galapagos Days 4 and 5

The Pacific seems to be living up to its name, all is calm, no wind, hardly a swell and wall to wall sunshine.But not too good when you want to sail.We did carry the cruising chute for half the night until the wind dropped to 5 to 6 knots true so the engine went on.Now we are trying to sail when we have 5 to 6 knots of wind as mostly its 3 or less.We managed to sail with the chute without pole for most of Wednesday night, got enough apparent wind by coming onto a reach, sometimes a very slow one.Just a few more knots of wind and it would have been great.You see ripples and think here it comes (the wind) but most of them are made by the current (which thankfully is still giving us a knot in the right direction).We've had a couple of goes at sailing today Thursday and are getting very. read more...



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