Nada in la mare
20 February 2009 | Under way
A large fishing boat, with outriggers and a helicopter, crossed our bows this afternoon. On many occasions, these boats are trailing nets behind them, ones that are not friendly toward sailboats. We cut our engines, sails have been useless for the past 24 hours...no wind at all, and Tommy hailed the working boat over our VHF radio. No answer. I tried in Spanish, my infantile vocabulary worked. They had "nada in la mare", nothing in the sea. It's laughable, I speak like a 3-year-old, but with lots of manners, por favor and muchas muchas gracias. Minutes later, they launched their helicopter and did a really low level fly-by Zen. Lots of waving and smiling, then, they were gone, chasing the fish. We had seen some kind of large billed fish only 30 minutes prior, bet that's the game they're after. Only other big news, we swam in the big blue ocean today. It was flat calm and too enticing. Everyone jumped in, Don grabbed the waterproof camera, and shot a bunch of cool shots of Zen in the middle of the Pacific. We'll post them at some point when we find a good internet café. It's great having another cruiser aboard, especially one that's such a good friend. We were all laughing the other day, "Wouldn't it be funny if we just took off from the Galapagos bound for the Marquesas while Don was sleeping?" Don quickly replied, "You kidding? I'd love it!" That was the start. It's nice to hear Don's having such a good time w/the Burgess clan and would want to continue onward. He's trying to do some juggling to get his land responsibilities neatly tied up. A 3 week visit may turn into a 3 month visit. He's like family, so we are more than happy to add him to our adventure. We've passed the halfway mark with only 177 miles to go. There's a bunch of other cruising boats near us. One has already arrived, one arrived today, and rest of us will pull into Academy Bay, Santa Cruz in a day or two. Everyone hangs in the Galapagos for about a week to 10 days, doing tours and topping off on provisions and fuel before leaving again for French Polynesia. Some folks sail on to the Marquesas and others to the Tuamotus or Tahiti. In any case, the next leg is a long one. The next closest islands are 3000 miles away. The Galapagos trip is a warm up for the next leg. We are already starting to plan for our "big sail", but for now, we are excited about seeing all the animals in Galapagos. Buenas noches!