GalapagosPosted: February 12, 2001 February 12, 2001
Off to the Galapagos with a great northerly for a good first day's run off Cape St Malo. With big seas, a lot of current, and a dying wind, we resorted to the motor the next morning. With light winds, we motored and sailed the rest of the 750 miles. Very easy trip with good weather.
February 17, 2001
After 67 hours of motoring we anchored in Wreck Bay on San Cristobal. As we motored along the north side of the island we saw hundreds of sea turtles. The sea lions that are the main residents of the harbor are fun to watch until they decide your dinghy would make a comfortable home usually upsetting it and submerging the motor. There was only one other cruising yacht, our Australian friends on CAVIAR, Rob and Suzanne who had stopped in Maine and ended up taking care of our dogs as well as helping to build our new guest cabin. It was good to catch up with them again.
February 21, 2001
We left San Cristobal for Academy Bay on Santa Cruz. We had a good few days on San Cristobal, but it was hard to land and there was not a lot to do on this island, although swimming with the sea lions is very exciting. Wreck Bay had been cleaned up a lot since our last visit and will probably be a good destination in the future.
March 8, 2001
We had a great couple of weeks in Academy Bay signing on with the DELPHIN for day tours. Well run and with great guides, we learned a lot about the various flora and fauna as well as the geological history of these islands. It is all unique and the whole experience centers on Darwin's theories. What a change from 1988 when we were allowed only 72 hours. This was a much better stop today with all the infrastructure and no pressure of time. Although the officials were corrupt and inconsistent, we quickly became tired of the complaints of the other cruisers about park fees and other inconveniences. Just being allowed to stay there and explore the park with horses, or by charter boat, made this an exciting couple of weeks. However, the best was saved for last with a short hop over to Santa Isabella. This is the best harbor by far and the most interesting island. Lava fields, turtles, bird life and an interesting town without tourists. Taylor Mudge joined us in Academy Bay for the trip to the Marquesas and was able to use his geology expertise to be our guide on Isabella.
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The following log and pictures are from Cabot and Heidi aboard CHEWINK, their Lyman-Morse Seguin 49 which Cabot built in 1987 and has sailed more than 62,000 miles. The log follows them as they began their second circumnavigation in 2000 through their current adventures in the Caribbean.