21 May 2015 | Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador
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10 November 2014 | Prickley Bay, Grendeda
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22 June 2014 | Scotland Bay, Chaguaramas, T&T
20 June 2014 | Chagauramus, Trinidad
02 May 2014 | Deshaies River, Guadeloupe
22 April 2014 | Falmouth Harbor, Antigua
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Hello Galapagos

21 May 2015 | Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador
Happy to report that after 8 days, 20 hours, and 19 minutes at sea we are safely anchored in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno next to Isla San Cristobal. The sight and smell of land was a delight to our senses when we approached land after dawn this morning and sailed along the coast of this easternmost island in the unique archipelago of Galapagos, Ecuador. Shortly before reaching the harbor entrance a sea lion swam by to greet us and we saw several others lounging on the steps of catamarans at anchor.

For over a week we were out of sight of land, did not see even a single ship, sailboat, or lights on the horizon indicating there were other human beings out there with us. Jeff did check into SSB nets 3 times every day to report our location at sea, get a bit of weather information, and have a little social contact with other vessels on passages.

We did see many of the sea's varied personalities. There were wave conditions from glassy to choppy to 9 foot swells, with everything in between. The skies provided a never ending pallet of shades and colors. The day skies ran from blue with a few white cottony clouds to completely gray with sheets of rain pouring down. A rainbow provided a slash of color encompassing the whole spectrum. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets provided tones of yellow, orange, red, and purple. At night an infinite number of stars sparkled above and were sprinkled down to the horizon in the dark bowl overhead. Many nights, the water glistened and glittered as Mezzaluna sported a gleaming bioluminescent tail streaming and undulating behind the rudder.

There were daily rain showers - sometimes sprinkles, sometimes deluges. We were hit by 2 or 3 thunderstorms which had us stuffing all the electronics into the oven - it acts as a Faraday cage to protect them from getting zapped should a lightening bolt strike Mezzaluna. One of the squalls buffeted us with 30 knot winds for over an hour and one night we were becalmed. Most of the time, however, winds blew from 5 to 15 knots, although not always in a favorable direction for sailing to our destination.

Our encounters with sea life included the sighting of a small pod of whales while dolphins were swimming in the bow wake. Another day we got a quick glimpse of half a dozen dolphins surfacing 200 yards off the starboard side. There were countless schools fish, sometimes rolling and boiling marring the surface of the water and other times breaking through the waves and taking flight in the air. A few flying fish as well as a small squid ended up marooned on the deck when bigger waves dashed them aboard. I guess we could have eaten them if we'd been really hungry but Jeff recycled them as bait instead! We dragged fishing lines behind the boat everyday but only caught one dorado, which broke off the hook just before we landed him aboard - damn. We would really prefer to be on the "catch and keep" program rather than the involuntary "catch and release" program. Last night we caught a bird who liked the looks of the lure, dove into the water to catch it, and got the hook stuck in it's beak. Unfortunately, it drown while Jeff was pulling it in to unstick the hook and release it. Probably could have eaten that too, but we didn't!

Every night "ghost birds", some kind of gull I think, glided along the starboard side of the boat occasionally swooping down to snatch a fish out of the water. We never saw them on the port side thus surmised that the green side of the mast head light illuminated fish below the waves but the red side of the light did not. In addition to the exhausted little songbird that took refuge aboard, a red footed booby landed on the bow pulpit one evening and spent the night there, leaving quite a mess for Jeff to spray off the bow sprit in the morning. There were numerous other daily sightings of pelagic sea birds including frigates, gulls, petrels, possibly an albatross, and others we were unable to identify.

This passage has provided a number of memorable accomplishments. We crossed the equator at 1:49:07 Tuesday morning, shed the title of polliwog and gained the distinction of being shellbacks. After 2 years, 10 months, and 21 days in our quest to sail west around the world, we are finally west of where we departed from South Shore Yacht Club on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, having crossed longitude 87 52.941W at 12:55 on Tuesday afternoon. We survived our longest passage yet, with both of us still aboard and speaking to each other!

This afternoon, Jeff went in the water to clean the bottom and swim with the sea lions after Bolivar, our agent for the Galapagos, came aboard to start the check in procedure which might take a day or two as it includes divers inspecting the bottom of your boat. Once all that is taken care of we're off to explore this extraordinary region that was an inspiration to Charles Darwin who came here in 1835!
Vessel Name: Mezzaluna
Vessel Make/Model: Baba 40
Hailing Port: Bay View, WI
Crew: Jeff Anderson & Katie Lauritzen
Although relatively new to big boat sailing, Jeff has been racing scows for over 40 years, with Katie as crew for the better part of the last 27. Katies’ first sail was with Jeff when he invited her to go sailing on his M16 scow when both were going to college. [...]
Mezzaluna is a big girl with an exciting past. The boat was designed by Robert Perry and built in Taiwan. She is a blue water cruiser weighting in at 29,000lbs dry. Originally purchased by someone in Chicago, she sailed Lake Michigan for a few years. The next owner, Dave Engel, at the helm of [...]
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Scenes from our rock hopping adventure in Guadeloupe
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Created 6 May 2014
Pictures during a weekend of serious fun racing our boat/home in the Heineken Regatta.
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Created 29 March 2014
Snapshots of the island.
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Created 22 January 2014
Celebrating with our Luperon friends in Salinas, Puerto Rico.
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Created 5 January 2014
Annual trip with lady friends to Lilly Bay Lodge on Lily Bay, Lake Michigan outside the city of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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Created 18 August 2013
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The journey from Bimini across the Great Bahamas Bank to Frazier's Hog Cay along with people, places, and adventure at Frazier's Hog Cay and Chub Cay.
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Created 11 February 2013
Moments in time captured with the camera.
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Created 8 February 2013
A look at the places and adventures we had during our six week stay on a City Marina mooring ball in Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, Florida
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Created 4 February 2013
Snapshots from adventures with Bill and Steve when they visited during winter holidays.
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Created 29 December 2012
Snapshots of our road trip adventures in outlying areas of Charleston with Randy Mintken,a former Delafield neighbor who has spent the last 15 years in the Carolinas. Renewing the warm friendship made the cold and rainy weather a lot more tolerable.
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Created 4 December 2012
Great people, pets, and wild things at the hurricane party and 3 potlucks during the 16 days we holed up at Whittaker Point Marina during Hurricane Sandy and while doing boat maintenance projects.
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Created 10 November 2012
Highlights from our 25 mile trip up the Chester River and visit to Chestertown.
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Created 2 October 2012
Some snapshots from the Eastern Shore in Rock Hall and Swan Creek
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Created 2 October 2012
Chesapeake Bay, Sillery Bay, and Rhode River with Sharon and Gene
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Created 2 October 2012
Maryland Blue Crabs from Trap to Table
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Created 2 October 2012
A meager attempt to capture the grandeur of water going over rocks....
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Created 25 August 2012
Views going down the Niagara River from Lake Erie to Tonawanda, New York
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Created 24 August 2012
Looked at a lot of water on Lake Erie during the journey from Cleveland, Ohio to Buffalo, New York. Took pictures from the boat while in port for the night at Conneaut, Ohio and Dunkirk, New York.
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Created 17 August 2012
Sights and fun times all along the waterfront.
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Created 5 August 2012
Our first stop on Lake Erie, this resort town on South Bass Island.
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Created 5 August 2012
An old fishing ice house renovated to create a unique yacht club
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Created 4 August 2012
Captured moments from a weekend with good friends sharing good times and good food.
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Created 4 August 2012
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Created 24 July 2012
Beautiful boat at Yacht Haven Marina
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Created 18 July 2012
Going east from Lake Michigan into Lake Huron. Stayed in St. Ignace at the marina then continued on to do a harbor drive through at Mackinac Island.
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Created 18 July 2012
Photo ops from our 2 night stay in St. James Harbor, called Paradise Bay by the locals, at Beaver Island.
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Created 17 July 2012
Small wonders found while hiking.
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Created 17 July 2012
Entertaining myself taking artsy shots on the boat while motor sailing between Lake Michigan ports of Pentwater, Portage Lake, Leland, and Beaver Island.
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Created 13 July 2012
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Family and friends help with the moving sale and stop by Mezzaluna to say farewell before Jeff cuts the line.
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Created 10 July 2012
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Pictures of Mezzaluna and the work to bring her back on the water.
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Created 15 May 2009
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