Ready to go...29-Mar-2012, Anchored off Cristobal, Galapagos
A quick update on our (hopefully) last full day here in the Galapagos. If nothing unexpected happens, we will weigh anchor here somtime tomorrow morning (Mon, 02APR) and head for the Marquesas. The weather over the past week has been a bit "unseasonal". Boats that left about a week ago were drifting backwards in light airs and contrary currents or were close reaching against SW winds (as Bill pointed out: "that's not what the Crosby, Stills and Nash song says!", referring to "Southern Cross"). We are very lucky in that we can benefit from the reports from those first departees (thanks Sophie, Astarté and Stolen Kiss!). The current now seems to be back to normal (i.e. a solid westerly set down to about 6S) and while there is still plenty of tropical shower activity around, we hope that we will have enough sailable wind to make it to about 6S, where something that resembles trade winds appears to set in. Thanks to Greg and Clementine from Eol we now also have a means of accessing Meteo France's current forecast model, which is a big help.
New Photo Album27-Mar-2012, Cristobal
Posted some new photos from our visits to different islands in the Galapagos over the past week. Click here to go to the album.
Back on NamaniNana
25-Mar-2012, Anchored off Cristobal, Galapagos
We are now all reunited on Namani. We took a day trip around a few more Cristobal sights with the French family aboard the catamaran Eol - Matthieu and Lea are a little younger than Nicky but are very outgoing and friendly, so Nicky has a great time with them. Nana keeps butchering the French language so the poor parents, Clementine and Greg, are very patient and kindly rescue us (and maybe their own sanity) by switching into English for our sakes. Pardon! (Nana plans to study hard on the 3-4 weeks it takes to reach the Marquesas). Several boats have already left for the Marquesas, and we are building our own little radio net to allow everyone to report their positions. It provides a safety net and a little social contact as well. So far, it has been slow going for them, so we'll see what we encounter when we depart sometime around March 30th. Until then, we have a beach playdate with more kids, several repair jobs, and a bit more provisioning to do.
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Namani at Sea Impression