Friday, February 24, 2012

First Day towards the Galapagos

Passage from Panama City to Galapagos
Day One: (departing from Isla Contadora, Las Perlas Islands, Panama)
Noon Thursday, February 23, 2012 – Noon Friday, February 24, 2012
Noon Position: N 06.47.04 / W 079.44.00
Distance covered in 24 hours: 132 nautical miles
Distance Covered from Panama City: 157 nautical miles
Fish Caught: 0
Motoring: 1 hour
Sailing: 23 hours

We motored away from the anchorage and through the reef shallows then turned off the engine and put up the headsail and main and had a great reach for a few hours. Then the wind came more from behind and we had a downwind sail first with both main and genoa then we had to pull in the main as it was blanketing the headsail. We did lots of sail changes and adjustments throughout the day and night. The seas were quite mixed and choppy – coming from all directions – more like the Caribbean than what we had been led to expect of the Pacific. In fact, at night, sleeping was downright uncomfortable and near impossible. We do a three hour on-three hour off watch system after dark – during the day we wing it, The first few days out are always the most difficult until your body adjusts to the sleep pattern, boat movement and routines. So, we are hopeful that over the next few days it will get better.

We are communicating a few times a day via our SSB radio with a British family aboard a sailboat "Avatar" that left a few hours before us from Isla Contadora and are also headed to the Galapagos. So its nice to know there is another boat out here.

Hope we get a fish today – both lines are in the water.

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