21 April 2017 | Wreck Bay, San Cristobal Island
20 April 2017 | Pacific Ocean
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Arrived in Galapagos!

21 April 2017 | Wreck Bay, San Cristobal Island
Gillian
Yes, we are finally here! Recalculated our fuel and realised we just had enough to push it through for a late afternoon arrival. A few minutes after the anchor was down the heavens opened and we had heavy rain. So nice to wash the boat off after dirty Panama. We crossed the equator at 1.30 am this morning and celebrated with a tot of rum each and one to Neptune. A momentous occasion and so good to be in the Southern Hemisphere. As we got closer to San Cristobal we saw many turtles, large tuna jumping, sharks and sting rays, and since arriving at the anchorage we have noticed sea lions swimming about. Some lounging on the fore decks and stern steps of boats. They make a lot of noise at times, barking like dogs. Luckily we can raise our step so hopefully we will not have any unwelcome visitors. Tomorrow we expect a visit from our agent who will assist us with the clearing in formalities and after that we will be able to go ashore and explore. Tonight we are looking forward to an uninterrupted sleep and sweet dreams.

Day 7 Panama to Galapagos

20 April 2017 | Pacific Ocean
Gillian
Still very little wind. We sail when we can, sometimes only doing 2 knots, and motor when we are going less than that. It keeps us busy. Today we hoisted the gennaker for a while, but then the wind died so down it came and back to motoring. I had thought we would reach the equator today but had got my calculations incorrect. Now it looks like tomorrow midday will be the momentous occasion. We have 130nm to go but as we only did 71nm yesterday and today will be similar, it is unlikely we will arrive in Galapagos until Saturday the 22nd, if we ever get there!

Day 6 Panama to Galapagos

19 April 2017 | Pacific Ocean
Gillian
Oh dear - there seems to be less and less wind, and last night the boat came to abrupt stop when we ran out of diesel. We have 80'litres in jerry cans so we put 60 in the tank and we have kept 20 as reserve. We have tried to sail today but when we do we only make about 2-3 knots in the wrong direction. I guess once the fuel is gone we will have to wallow around here in the doldrums until Neptune takes pity on us. Talk about Neptune we are now 24 miles from the equator and should reach it later tonight - will have a little celebration and something for Neptune of course! The blue beaked seagulls/boobys decided they likes our boat and last night we had five of them sitting on the bow. By the morning the foredeck was covered in bird poop so we chased them off and Neil scrubbed the deck. They were pretty stubborn though and kept coming back so we had to keep shooing them off. I felt really bad when I chased one off and while it swooped away behind us it caught its wing in Neil's fishing line. Poor thing - Neil had to reel him in and make him loose. He seemed okay as he flew away shortly after. As I am sitting here the sea looks like glass. In the distance are a group of dolphins torpedoing in the air. The sun is warm and all is well on deck (except for the drone of the engine of course). Yesterday we only did 109nm and currently we are motoring at 4 knots and have 4 knots of wind.

Day 5 Panama to Galapagos

18 April 2017 | Pacific Ocean
Gillian
We motored from early evening. Soon after I came on watch at 10pm storm cells formed around us and before I knew it the wind had picked up and once the sails were set we were off at a cracking pace - for an hour and then the wind died..... Each time we switch from sail to motoring and vice versa it involves a bit of work. The jib has to be unfurled and trimmed, the hydrogenerator set into the water, the hydrovane set on course and activated and the autohelm and engine switched off. The reverse occurs when we are motoring again so it keeps us pretty busy at times. At my next watch (4am) we were still motoring but then the wind angle and the wind improved so we were able to sail again. A few dolphins did summersaults off our bow and seagulls swooped around under the half moon. At day break what we thought were two booby birds settled on our bow - a brown and a white one both with blue beaks. We have had a good day sailing but heading too much to the west and not the southwest, so now we have the engine on again to help us get back on track. Hopefully we will be able to sail again once the sun sets. Looks like we are on track to arrive at Cristobal island, Galapagos on the 21st of April. Yesterday we did 110nm and currently we are motoring at 4.5 knots and have 10 knots of wind from the bow.

Day 4 Panama to Galapagos

17 April 2017 | Pacific Ocean
Gillian
The wind picked up overnight as clouds developed with sheet lightening in the distance. We sailed at 4 to 5 knots upwind giving us an uncomfortable ride and little sleep. The morning found us both tired and lethargic and the day remained overcast. However we continued to sail although not quite in the right direction and more westerly than south westerly. Tonight the wind should drop again meaning another night of motoring. Yesterday we managed 120nm and currently we are sailing at 4 knots with 8 knots of breeze.

Day 3 Panama to Galapagos

16 April 2017 | Pacific Ocean
Gillian
We motored all night in calm flat seas but in the morning the wind picked up a little so we yanked up the gennaker and managed to sail for two hours and then back to motoring. We are truly in the doldrums now and quite close to the equator hence the lack of wind. In the early morning there was sheet lightning in the distant clouds but no rain. We passed what we think was a large fishing boat sitting still in the water with bright white lights - perhaps pulling up nets or cleaning a catch? A little swallow landed on our dodger and then hopped right onto Neil's hand sitting there for a while! An omen of some kind? A long hot day requiring plenty cockpits showers to keep cool. Luckily with all the motoring we are able to keep our water tanks full so no worries there. Let's hope the diesel lasts! We managed 142nm yesterday and currently we have 4 knots of wind and are motoring.
Vessel Name: Silver Lining
Vessel Make/Model: Hanse 400
Hailing Port: Auckland
Crew: Neil and Gillian
About:
We are from New Zealand and have enjoyed sailing around the Hauraki Gulf and the Bay of Islands. We sailed the South Pacific Islands in May 2011, our first offshore trip on our 34 ft Van DER Stadt. [...]
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