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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Day 5, Galapagos Passage

0800 Thursday, May 21

24 Hour Stats For Day 5 (0800-0800)

Miles traveled: 112 nm
Distance made good towards our destination: 50 nm
Surface Water Temp: 79.2 to 82.9 degrees F
3 hours, 35 minutes motoring
20 hours, 25 minutes sailing

Wednesday started out with heavy dark gray overcast, gradually became mostly clear by afternoon, and then became overcast by nightfall. The night sky was pitch black and I barely caught a glimpse of the moon and a couple of stars before sunrise.

We passed Isla Malpelo in the early afternoon and had a great show of masked boobies flying in small flocks and forming bird piles along the way.

Here's John writing to a friend:
I just went on deck to check our heading, we're using the autopilot because the maintenance technician put the wind vane back together wrong and it won't steer, so we have to be very attentive to how the boat is sailing lest the autopilot get confused and heave us to. Anyway, I was thinking: 'Wow, what a beautiful day. I wish I were sailing downwind, it would be great!'.

Ziggy ate another (bigger) fish last night on John's watch with none of the hesitation and growling this time. I threw two more over the side before he could get to them.

Linda and John