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Michael & Edi have headed out on a slow, thorough exploration of the globe.
Galapagos Passage Day Seven
01 May 2010 | 420 miles southwest of the Guatemalan coast
At 1220 we were 2757 miles from our loft in Vancouver's South East False Creek and 2757 miles from my parent's home in Shediac Cape, New Brunswick. At 1400 I refreshed the spinnaker tack strop. Our 1700 position showed us moving along at 4.5 knots on a course made good of 150 degrees. The temperature had dropped to 31.2 from 34 degrees in the early afternoon.

A spectacular red sunset served as the backdrop for our dinner of giant scallops sauteed in butter with portobellos, shallots and garlic, served with steamed basmati rice, garnished with Roma tomato slices with basil and accompanied by plates of steamed asparagus with mayonnaise.

By 0200 the wind had backed to south at 8 to 10 knots and we continued on a course of 130 at 4.5 knots under spinnaker and Hydrovane. At 0502 we were overtaken by a rain squall with variable winds in the 12 to 15 knot range. We altered course to north of east to run out the top side of the storm cell, which was plainly visible on radar. After the cell passed, we altered back to our southeast course and followed the storm

The sun rose at 0710 to show 9/10 overcast, mostly nimbo-stratus and cumulo-nimbus. At 0716, with the Guatemalan coast at 425 miles away our closest point of land, we passed within a cable of an unlit fishing vessel, 15 metres or so in length. The boat made absolutely no paint whatsoever on our radar, no matter how we tuned it, nor did it have an AIS transmitter. Scarry!

Mid morning we finished a two-hour generator and watermaking run, leaving the tanks mid-way up the full mark and the battery indicating 89%. Our course made good from sunrise was 120 at 4.65 knots under spinnaker. We were being overtaken by a series of towering cumulus storm cells, so we doused the spinnaker and rolled out the main and jib to continue along on a course of 120 at about 4 knots continuing blustery and variable winds, mostly from the southwest and 5 to 15 knots.

Our noon position showed a course made good of 132 with 95.13 miles run from noon to noon and a total of 625.13 in daily runs. We were 593 miles at 153 degrees from Acapulco and had 519 miles on a bearing of 149 to run to our landfall in the Galapagos.
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