Sugar Shack was a bit late in arriving to the Galapagos, so we did not have any time to waste before moving to our next island. Wayne was scheduled to fly into Santa Cruz the day after we arrived. So, Matt and Diana met us on Sugar Shack to get an early start (at 0600).
The journey from San Cristobal to Santa Cruz is about 40nm. We had light winds (12-15 kts), small seas (1 meter) and a sunny day. We did motor sail as we thought we were running late. Sugar Shack averaged 8kts and got us there by 1330.
In the Galapagos, you have to do formalities each time you arrive to a new island for the first time. Our agent, Javier Plua Rizzo with YachtGala met us on-board with an official who actually gave Diana the stink eye when she tried to capture the photo below.
This formality check in was a short one since we did the initial clearance in San Cristobal. We won’t have to go through this again when we return to Santa Cruz.
After we were official, we hopped in a water taxi and made our way to The Rock, a local eatery. Javier arranged to have someone meet Wayne at the airport and bring him to this restaurant.
Santa Cruz is the most populated island if the archipelago and has the most resources available. Including, markets, marine stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, laundromats, etc…We did not have time to explore, but made a note of several places we wanted to visit later.
Wayne was saddled with bringing in our new radar dome. It is not a heavy piece of equipment, but it is large and bulky. Poor thing had all sorts of trouble with the airlines and local government. We think every official that could, inspected the box. It had more tape than cardboard when it arrived.
We headed back to the boat for some snacks and a drink fest. Welcome to Santa Cruz!
Coming Up Next: Land and Sea Tours
With the Barkers and Wayne across the Galapagos.