San Cristobal, Galapagos

Smooth check-in (formalities), despite not following procedure.  Our agent, Javier Plua Rizzo with YachtGala proved his worth in gold and made the magic happen.  We were supposed to notify him 24 hours prior to our arrival so he could schedule the 8-10 officials who needed to clear us into the Galapagos.  But, our SSB went out half way through the trip, so we were not able to contact him until 12 hours after we arrived.  Within the hour, he was able to schedule the arrival of the officials and fumigation for 10:00am.

We left the boat during the fumigation and met the Barkers at Midori Sushi.  Matt and Diana arrived into San Cristobal before we did and stayed at the beautiful Golden Bay Hotel.  They enjoyed an awesome dive at Kicker rock, scoped out the town, found the market, and discovered the unofficial sea wolf breeding grounds.

Sea Wolves (Sea Lions):

The beach in front of the Golden Bay Hotel is where all the sea wolves gather.  Here, they learn to swim, nurse, look adorable, sunbathe, and hang out with their family and friends.

Sea Wolves in front of Golden Bay Hotel

Sea Wolves in front of Golden Bay Hotel

Diana spent hours watching the sea wolf mayhem while imagined how they could smuggle one home.

San Cristobal Tourist Sites:

We walked around the small town a bit and took in the sights during the late afternoon.  Lots of “marketing” opportunities in this small town.

We came across a giant San Cristobal branded surf board and took a photo with Sugar Shack in the background.  They had lots of these “cactus trees”, a cool pond with the entire Galapagos archipelago laid out, and Charles Darwin and the Beagle.

Galapagos Sights

Galapagos Sights

We called it an early night after sunset cocktails at Golden Bay – Matt and I are still recovering from the 6-day passage.

Coming Up Next:

We sail to Santa Cruz and pick up Wayne for more adventures.

Realtime Passage to Chile #08

New Years or bust.
In the home stretch, coming up on 100 miles to go. And wouldn’t you know it, the wind dies. We had been having a banner day, cruising along at 8knots and bashing into the random wave and then darkness settled in. We left the canvas up to continue the ride, at dark the wind shifted just enough that the wave bashing subsided. However the shift had us pointing a bit away from our mark, only about 45 degrees away. We let it ride, only to find about an hour into it, “poof” the wind disappeared, down to 3knots. On come the motors and we are pushing along at 6knots trying to make the port in “daylight” hours, tho it doesn’t look promising at this point.
We have contacted the authorities and warned them of our arrival as well as the marina manager and requested a mooring as there isn’t really a ‘marina’ there.
With the time zone changes, we might be arriving after new years. 🙁
All good on board, just everyone is tired. Dreading the first foot on solid ground. Pretty sure we might fall over after moving for 2 1/2 weeks. We have had a little of everything on this trip. Sun, rain, waves, winds – tho nothing very strong, no winds, birds, fish, sun, moon, stars and of course clouds and squalls. Its not over yet, but its getting closer. The boat is a salty mess, probably going to go through a few tanks of fresh water to rinse off the layers and restore order to our chaos.
ps. when I sent the notification to the officials I had neglected to tell them what time zone my estimates were in, so the 5pm estimate (which we won’t make) was Galapagos time, which is 8pm Chilean time. Details .. details. We will have to send an update in the morning when we get closer.
For now, Happy New Year
Started with 1765 miles till the destination, 122 miles to go and now we are a crow, with the motors pushing a straight line.
At 12/31/2018 @ 8:54 AM Our position: 22°35.05’S, 072°25.59’W Traveling 6.0 heading 122T
Google says we are here,-72.42650

Getting Closer by the Mile

Under 300 miles to go, it’s going to be close if we arrive in time to celebrate New Years in the harbor/marina (it will probably be too late to clear customs) or will we have to float around till daylight to find the marina.
Need just a little more wind from a favorable direction to arrive in the daylight.
All onboard are doing well. Shift changes still on Galapagos time, by time we reach land there will be a 3 hr time difference and much longer days, I think sunset is 9pm local time with sun rise at 6:30am. I foresee a few long sleeps in our future to adjust
Happy New Years from the Southern Hemisphere. Bringing the new year in a new place. Cheers.