Panama to Galapagos
12 days at sea : 27.04.17 – 08.05.17
After an unexpectedly long period in Panama, we were ready for our first taste of the Pacific Ocean.
First night shift, had a Milo (similar to Ovaltine) with Mark. So glad to be back at sea with a purpose. 900nm to Galapagos which should take 6-7 days. We’re currently motoring as there is not a drop of wind.
28.04.17: Huge Black Fin Tuna leaping 1m out the water, 6 have been spotted. Also saw my first flying fish of the Pacific. They are definitely my favourite.
Fishing tip: 10m/knot : 50-70m of fishing line.
Huge thunder and lightening storms were on their way, no wind unfortunately. But HEAVY rain. As I helmed my night shift, huge lightening spindles lit up the whole sky surrounding me. One moment pitch black, next moment the horizon could be seen. A little black bird came for a rest on Salid and kept me company.
Dinner: Chili con carne
Rained all day. Mark and I had a fun day playing cards whilst the others slept. We had tinned tomato soup with Mark’s homemade bread for lunch. It really does feel like my caravan holidays when I was younger. Playing cards, getting cosy whilst the rain patters on the roof. If it’s bad weather, put the kettle on.
Dinner: Veg rice stir fry
Lightning again this evening. I was on from 0100-0300. It was such a great night shift. Stars over head, lightning lighting up the clouds on the horizon, and a white bird flapping around the boat keeping me entertained.
30.04.17: Another rainy day, thrashed Ally at cards. More wind today, kept a steady 3-5 knots speed.
Dinner: Chicken Carbonara
During my night shift 7 white birds with black heads, black wing tips and grey patterns on top, were swirling and flapping around the bow.
Amazing night shift. I was on 0500-0700 and wow. Firstly woke up to the smell of Milo, the stars were brighter than ever. The wind was blowing, Mark turned off all the lights on the boat (including the navigation lights) and the stars were out of this world, literally. Shining out. The milky way and I spotted two satalities! They move quite quickly through the sky at a steady pace, not as bright as the stars. I saw lots of shooting stars, not too explosive. Quite tame ones. The white birds were out again, 4 in total.
Then the sun rose gradually and the stars faded out. I helmed at 6 knots. It was a great feeling.
03.05.17: Kon Tiki reading. Wind. Chicken Pad Thai.
My shift from 0100-0300, still buzzing after Martin. Slept till 0700 then…
04.05.17: “Come and see the dolphins!” There was a little baby going crazy jumping out the water turning and belly flopping smashing into the water. Then more and more dolphins came until we were surrounded. Far into the distance you could see them leaping out the water. Hundreds. What a sight! “There’s a f*cking whale!!!!!!” I couldn’t help it, I was just so excited! Right in front of us, plain as day, were 3 whales. It was a euphoric moment with fins everywhere I looked. This lasted for 40 minutes. What a 12 hours!
Of course, a bird comes along to join in! A white bird with a very thin long tail with peacock type tail feathers up against the body, a really red beak and black eye patches.
Cleaned the hull, so many barnacles.
Dinner: Fish fajitas
Pollywog to Shellback
05.05.17: We crossed the equator! Mark had prepared a little surprise for us… all you need to know is it involved wigs, masks and…
Dinner: fish pie
Sting Ray doing flips out the water. 2.5m high! Who knew that was a thing!?
07.05.17: Isla Tortuga – half moon volcano.
08.05.17: Arrived at Santa Cruz and after 12 days at sea we could step on land again.
All I can say is my first dip in the Pacific has been magical. Birds, dolphins, whales, flippin’ rays, flying fish, thunderstorms, Milo, stars, parties, and most importantly a full belly.