Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Southern Hemisphere and Galapagos Arrival

Captain's Blog 4/1/2015

First Sight of Galapagos after Seven Days at Sea 
We arrived in the Galapagos on Sunday March 29th, 2015.  We crossed the equator the evening before. We were just short of seven full days at sea. The winds were very light most of the trip but for the first four days we flew the spinnaker. The last three days, the wind started veering around, first to the beam then from over the bow. We reached as long as we could then motored the final couple hundred miles in. That kind of weather is not uncommon as this part of the ocean is justifiably referred to as the doldrums. 

Sea Lions Greeted the Boat in Galapagos!
Arriving at the Galapagos was pretty spectacular. We were greeted by a school of perhaps 100 sea lions crossing our path. 

Then sea turtles swimming by, a skate or two, and these crazy little birds that walk on the water. We have yet to be inspected and get our clearance from immigration, so once we get our feet on the ground we will add more photos and stories of the islands. In the meantime, we've included a few photos and a video below!

Birds That Walk On Water
Personally I enjoyed the time at sea. Everything slowed down.  There was no particular urgency, and little projects were fit it to help fill the days. It was a wonderful opportunity to be introspective and let the soul’s energy fill the void left by the absence of normal day-to-day activity.  

Rick Rogge and Terry Jo will be arriving on the 3rd, and we will discuss departure timing for the Marquesas. We will have to psych ourselves up a bit for that leg as it will be about 3,200 miles, perhaps 3+ weeks at sea.


Las Perles Beach

A little drag in the water, refreshing! 

Another Fun-Loving Sea Lion

Offshore Safety Gear

First Mate Overboard!

Cap't Dave at the Navigation Table

Putting Up A Fresh American Flag 

An Incredible Galapagos Sunset

Galapagos Sunset

Spectacular Ocean and Sky

Second Best Use for a Spinnaker

Spinnaker Up! Watch the Video!

Celebrating our Equator Crossing! Weston & Cap't Dave

Sea Angel is sailing for a cause. 

* As previously reported, Sea Mercy is now working to raise funds to assist with the sheer devastation from Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. You can learn more here, and please consider a donation or even a medical rotation if you're able. The people of Vanuatu can use help and prayers at this time. *

Sea Mercy is a benevolent program developed for disaster and critical care needs for remote islanders. Sea Mercy is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charity with a simple vision and mission to "stand in the gap" with a service delivery vessel, trained health care volunteers, support equipment, and critical care services as island nations develop their "outer island" health care infrastructure, when critical health care need opportunities are present, or when disasters occur. We welcome you to consider donating on our behalf to Sea Mercy - they have several ways to get involved and are so grateful for your support. 

Sea Mercy's Corporate "We Care" Program is designed to help organizations attract and engage clients, vendors, and employees in the spirit of social responsibility and provide a wonderfully enriching partnership. There are several ways to participate with "We Care". Visit Sea Mercy's website for additional information. If you know of an organization or would like to involve yours, please share this information forward. 

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