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Bill
05/08/2012, Galapagos

After 6 short days we are sailing again. What a amazing place! you could spend months but the Pacific awaits and with 3,000 to go before the Marquesia's I felt the pressure of time. The Pacific cruising season is bracketed by the Typhoon season and you want to be out before that season rolls around. yesterday we walked to the beach/ national park near our boat, the ranger said to do summer-salts in the water and watch what happens. The seals see this as there invitation to play, what a blast and highlight of the trip for me. The Galapagos islands remind me of our Denali not a easy park to get around in but the approach to preservation hopefully works for future generations. \The diversity is astounding and you can understand how Darwin may have been inspired only 150 years ago. Joe enjoyed his 14th birthday scuba diving with the sharks and other marine animals showing his naivety is much greater than his fathers fear. There are about 10 other boats making the crossing with us strung out over 1,000 miles we don't exactly pop over for sundowners but it good company.

05/08/2012 | David Mumm
Hey Musick Five! Thanks for the updates. Your trip sure sounds like fun. Can you give us a notion of where your next 3-5 stops will be? We're all waiting to know.
Land-Ho
Bill
05/01/2012, San Cristobal Island Galapagos

After 8 days we spotted the Galapagos Islands off our port bow about 6:30 am. The start of the Aquarids meteor show should peak in a few days put on a good show last night. I would enjoy a few more days sail with no land lights but not sure the crew would agree. Overall a very easy passage with great sailing and the Pacific at it's kindest.

05/01/2012 | David Mumm
We're excited to see that you aren't wandering around the Pacific looking for land anymore. Enjoy the Galapagos. We all miss you all, but we're thrilled that you're having a good time. =)
05/01/2012 | Zoey
So glad to hear of your safe passage. This was prep for an even longer sea crossing to come, huh? Thanks so much for updating the photo gallery! Can't wait for the next installment. Godspeed.
05/01/2012 | marge childs
land-yeah!! so happy the pacific ride was easy on you and crew --- hope you see lots of interesting things down there - we are in fl and leave for transatlantic cruise to amsterdam on sat.
Equator
Bill
04/30/2012, N 00 00.00 W 83 00.00

An line bisecting the N & S hemisphere was crossed by the crew of Water Musick at noon today at 83' 00.00 W. King Neptune was visited and proper ceremony and libations ensued. We were also accompanied by the crew of Blessed from NZ. A beautiful day to take a break from sailing with calm seas and only the mild 3 meter ocean swell. Everyone enjoyed swimming and feasting on candies cakes and pies. if the weather holds should make San Cristobal in the Galapagos by noon Tuesday!.

the hood
Bill
04/27/2012, N 02' 49.00 w 084' 12.6 Pacific Ocean

Day 4 continue to experience mixed sea state due to combining currents and weather masses. Thanks to Dr Davidson who does not have enough going on at home and is helping provide passage weather for this leg. 2 tuna so far and lost a Dorado while bringing it on board this morning when will I learn to set the hook! daily check in consist of weather reports, position reports, cooking, fishing and general life tips, with about 10 other boats. we are spread out by a few hundred miles but it resembles home. Having people to look after you and ones you can share with is a big part of life, even at sea. Leaving our hood to explore the world was difficult since we had it so good ,great town, work friends but our friends at sea help to smooth the transition.

04/28/2012 | scott
Like to see a pic of some good fishing. Hope you are having a great time.
ITCZ
Bill
04/26/2012, Pacific coast of Panama

Currently underway to the Galapagos islands. the Inter tropic convergence zone is where the north and south parts of the world meet. they don't always get along, we are seeing lightening all around but none directly above us the seas and wind have calmed down a lot from yesterday when we made over 190miles in 24 hrs a new record. Passing time catching fish, homework, and listening to James Heriot stories.

Canal slideshow
Bill
04/23/2012, Panama Canal


Thanks to the Crew of ZEST for a fun transit

Video
04/27/2012 | Katharine
SOOOO COOL! What a great experience :)
04/27/2012 | Charleen Kaaen
I loved seeing this from your perspective. It looks different when seen from a lower level. I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog, pictures, videos. Thanks so much for sharing. Hi to all the kiddoes!

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