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23-08-2012

Winds have been pretty variable yesterday and today. One moment we'll be doing 5 knots and then other moments just 2 knots. Over the last few hours, it looks like the wind has picked up to stay, and on a close reach we're sailing in the right direction again :p. Tranquility is still a little behind us in the same weather, but they are still motoring. They say a heavy boat like that doesn't want to move with anything less than 15 knots... We had a pretty good night sleep followed by a cold, cloudy morning. Looking at the weather report for the coming days, it appears Guppy will have good southeast winds and I will slowly start to head south. We are now a little over halfway and I am more and more looking forward to steering Guppy into my birthplace of Whangarei.

Laura

 


21-08-2012

We're still making good progress but the wind dropped down last night and Guppy has been doing 3 knots ever since. The temperature is slowly dropping and last night it got all the way down to 17 degrees! We haven't felt that in a long time! And during the day, it will not go above 22 degrees anymore. Brrrr, it's already way too cold and we're not even really heading south yet. Today Bruno made fries from our Tahitian potatoes and they were delicious =D I leave all the cooking to Bruno these days and I do the sailing. It works out perfectly. Tranquility is on their way again after their little pitstop. They're about 120 nm behind us. The weather report shows some headwinds for one or two days. So we probably won't make much progress over the next couple days. For now, the wind keeps dropping down, comes back every once in a while, and then it goes again...

Laura

 


19-08-2012

We have sailed close hauled for a while, but now the wind is turning back south again and we are making pretty good progress. Last night a couple big squalls came over and now everything is back to normal--wet and salty! It's been a good trip so far, we have run the engine less than four hours since Papeete. Tranquility decided to stop for a day in Takutea, one of the Cook Islands, because they were getting tired of motoring. Once they get to New Zealand, they are going back to work and settling there for a while. Their kids, age 10 and 8, are looking forward to normal school and life on land. We are now well over halfway between Papeete and Tonga. And I have promised Guppy that one day we will come back to visit these wonderful Pacific islands. 

Laura 

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17-08-2012

We don't have much wind but it is a beautiful sunny day with very few waves, which made it possible to cook a nice meal, play some guitar, and watch a movie. It looks like there will be a few more quiet days ahead. I do not really mind going slowly, as long as there's no big swell making the sails flap around. I am now at a latitude of 19 steering a course of about 250 degrees which will bring us until we are just south of Tonga. We have left the good latitudes north of 16 degrees, and the weather will get less stable the further south we go. Tranquility is going even farther south than us and using the engine when their speed falls below 3 knots. If we stay up out of the worst southern latitudes, it will make the trip longer, but not necessarily slower. We are actually making pretty good progress.

Laura

 


16-08-2012

We had good winds yesterday. Last night the wind dropped down, about halfway through the night. Tranquility, the 52-footer, left two days ago also but is taking a more southerly course than what I am doing right now. I will probably continue west for the next couple of days. Bruno is alive again, which is pretty nice because now he can cook and help me again :). I really miss little Kiwi on this passage and already woke up a few times thinking that I heard her or that she was sleeping on top of me.

Laura

 


14-08-2012

The wind dropped down after we had a good sail to start. Hopefully it will be back soon. Bruno is a little sick. I don't know if it's a cold or if he's just seasick. But with the radar and alarms on I still got a really good night of sleep. The 52-footer is still in Moorea, planning to leave tomorrow. They will give me an update as soon as they leave. Well, the first nights are now behind us and I'm curious to know how many lie ahead. :-)

Laura

 


12-08-2012

We left Tahiti at noon today after getting our last fresh food and saying goodbye to some friends we made in the three weeks we have spent in beautiful Tahiti. Jillian left this morning, after her original flight got cancelled because of airline strikes. Now she's on a plane back to the States along with little Kiwi. So now it's off to New Zealand. Right now there's almost no wind and we're passing Moorea at 2 knots with nice weather. I'm going to miss these beautiful islands. I've gotten more attached to them these last two years than I realized. It feels kind of strange now to leave these Pacific islands that I've come to know so well and try to settle in the place where I was born. It's a place I know in my heart but just haven't really seen with the eyes I'm looking with now. After these years sailing all over the world, I'm on my final trip to New Zealand. It's strange but I'm also really looking forward to it. It's so exciting!

Laura

 


11-08-2012

 

 

 

Photo,s:                                                                                                        I've been waiting for good waves to surf but since there weren't any last couple days this was the first test of my new surfboard.


10-08-2012

We are back in Tahiti after a rough ride against the wind coming back from Moorea. It was a fun trip despite the conditions. Jillian had her first time getting seasick but still really enjoyed the adventure on Guppy. And Bruno got a little taste of what the conditions may be like on our upcoming passage to New Zealand. Yes, I've decided I can't wait any longer to see New Zealand and so we are making Guppy ready for the voyage straight from Tahiti to Whangarei, the same place where I was born on my parents' boat 16 years ago. I am so excited to be back after such a long time away. It's not the best season to sail down, but it will be a nice challenge. I think I am looking forward to it a bit more than Bruno, but he is getting used to the idea. He is also excited to see New Zealand but wishes he could take a plane instead ;). One boat we have been good friends with since Panama is also sailing the same passage so it will be fun to stay in contact with them over the SSB radio. It's a 52 foot sloop but we'll still see if Guppy can beat her.. We are sad to have to say goodbye to Kiwi because of the difficulties of bringing a foreign cat to New Zealand. But we are also really happy because Jillian has fallen in love with her and will be taking her back to New York on the plane. She has a really cute cat passport and all the official papers for traveling. We got her a nice little case too and I sewed a stuffed rat inside so she has some entertainment on the flight. So now Kiwi is prepared to travel and so are we. I checked the whole rigging and stitched the sails in a few places that I didn't trust to hold in heavy weather. We got groceries, fuel, and water so now all we have to do is clean up the mess on Guppy. With very little left to do, we are enjoying the last days of tropical waters before sailing out towards the 10 degree weather.

Laura 

 


07-08-2012

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06-08-2012

My friend Jillian surprised me with a visit for a whole week. So we decided to sail to Moorea, which is where we are now. We are really enjoying the quietness here in Moorea. Today Jillian and I hitchhiked around the whole island with 6 different cars. =D One car took us all the way up a mountain where we had a beautiful view of the island. Of course we met some really cool people, including a nice French couple who had us over to their awesome house on the water. We'll probably stay here a few more days and then head back to Tahiti. Moorea is really beautiful. I am happy to have finally gone ashore too. I totally forgot to do that last year. I went swimming with the rays and I had a nice view of the island from Guppy, but going ashore and exploring the island this year was much better. I have not yet had a chance to try out my newly repaired surfboard but the waves aren't so good at the moment, so it looks like I'll have to be patient. Maybe it will be better when I'm back in Tahiti. French Polynesia is really beautiful but expensive, especially the internet. 5 dollars for 30 minutes! So thank god for my SSB radio with sailmail.

Laura

 


03-08-2012

We're still anchored in front of Marina Taina. The last few days I haven't been surfing as much but I did fix a broken surfboard, which now I can keep ;) Tomorrow I'm going to finish it off and I hope to try it out really soon. The last two days have been really windy and rainy. I'm now sitting in the Pink Coconut restaurant in long pants, shoes, and a sweater.. Brrr, cold over here :P. Well, at least it's good weather to work on my surfboard and do the usual things like washing and cleaning. So we're still in paradise, hanging out with friends, and having fun most of the time. Laura

 


31-07-2012

Photo's in the anchorage -- see dutch weblog

 


29-07-2012

Still enjoying Tahiti, and I really love the surfing. Tonight there's a party on a boat I met last year. It's the grey catamaran I partied with in Moorea! I ran into them again here and we've been having a really good time since. It's so nice seeing friends again after such a long time.

Laura

 


28-07-2012

Photo's from the circus artist on there boat in Marina Taina last friday.


27-07-2012

We have moved over to Marina Taina on the west side of Tahiti. Guppy is now anchored on almost the same spot as last year. It's nice here, with lots of boats from many different countries. Tahiti is really beautiful but also super expensive. We were supposed to go surfing last Tuesday, but then there were strikes in the city so it was just one big traffic jam. I mostly go surfing without Bruno. He came out the first time, but that was also the last. I surf with a local guy, his son, and his son's friend who are both younger but also better then me xD. But...I'm slowly getting there. I am planning to stay here for longer since it's such a nice place and so I get to know the island and the people better.

Laura 

 


24-07-2012

Right now I'm in Papeete and ran into friends from Wet Lady as I was walking around the city. I'm really enjoying myself on this beautiful island. Yesterday I went surfing with the same local friend as before, and tomorrow I will surf again. So everything is great here. The days are hot, but at night it's really nice. It sometimes feels really unbelievable to me that Guppy and I have now traveled more than 33.000 nautical miles together since the start of my voyage. And she still looks as great as ever.That feels pretty amazing.

Laura

 


22-07-2012

Everything is really nice here in Tahiti. The welcome given by the Yacht Club of Arue and the Tourism Board was amazing, with a lot of flowers, locals dancing, and delicious food. They gave me a nice place in the marina, where Guppy is docked at the moment. Wet Lady arrived one hour behind us and is in another marina not far away. We've come across some other yachts we hadn't seen in a long time, so that was great fun. We also met some local people, including one guy who is originally Dutch but has lived here for more than ten years and is married to a Tahitian woman. We went surfing with one of the locals and I'm going surfing again today. It's so awesome. Yesterday we went over to Marina Taina to see a French family doing their circus act, which is their way of making money to travel further with their yacht. It was really great and we all enjoyed watching it. After the circus in the marina, we went to the tennis club where the Dutch guy is a teacher and played tennis for a few hours. It's really nice to do active things again. So everything is good and we are enjoying this beautiful island.

Laura

 


19-07-2012

Photo,s

 


18-07-2012

We arrived in Tahiti this afternoon. We had a nice trip down with really good winds. I even took out the reef from the main in the middle of the night. We're now in a marina in Arue that I didn't even know existed when I was here last year. It's really nice and they've offered us to stay for free. Tomorrow they want to give me a Tahitian welcome. So everything is really nice over here so far.

Laura

 


17-07-2012

After all the bad weather cleared, we finally departed Rangiroa this morning, back through the Tiputa pass where we came in. It's great to finally be headed for Tahiti and we are enjoying life without the rain. Wet Lady is sailing just a few miles behind us. There's still quite a strong wind and we're making very good progress.

Laura

 


16-07-2012

Guppy is still rocking behind her anchor, although it looks like the worst of the weather has passed. I'm thinking about leaving tomorrow morning. Last night the wind was blowing like crazy and there was a ton of rain, but now it's calming down a bit for a couple days. After the last front comes over we'll probably sail out together with Wet Lady. They are planning to head to Tahiti as well. Hopefully by next Saturday the nice weather I'm used to in this part of the world will return to us.

Laura

 


13-07-2012

So we are still in Rangiroa. After a couple sunny days and a nice time snorkeling in waters as clear as glass, we are now waiting for a little front to pass with 30 knots of wind and a lot of rain before heading out. The lovely pass that we went through has changed a lot. There are now 10-foot waves running through, breaking everywhere. A lot of boats have been coming in over the past two days and no one is thinking of leaving until the weather calms down. It looks like that will happen Monday. I love the stormy weather since Guppy's anchor is holding well and we are pretty protected. I had a nice long walk along the beach today, looking at the breaking waves and enjoying the rain coming down like crazy. It's a nice change from all the sunny hot days. =D

Laura

 


10-07-2012

The wind died down a little yesterday which was perfect, because it meant that we went through the pass of Rangiroa this morning, which wasn't bad at all. We came at a perfect time, with no swell or huge current against us. It was awesome. Now we're anchored near the little airport close by our friends on Wet Lady, a 46-foot ketch. They left one day before us so we were really surprised to not see them in the lagoon when we arrived. But then they came in just three hours later. Meanwhile, Bruno and I went ashore and checked out the little village. The little houses look quite nice and easy to build, which I like a lot. Rangiroa itself is huge. I can't even see the other side of the atoll from here. But it seems like a nice peaceful place where we will probably stay for a bit before heading towards Tahiti.

Laura 

 


08-07-2012

Today we finally got "normal" weather: sun, clear skies, and good winds. It looks like we are going to arrive in Rangiroa sometime during the night, so I think I will have to slow Guppy down a little before we get there. Rangiroa is the biggest atoll. It's about 40 nm long and has two passes. I'm thinking of sailing straight to Tahiti if we arrive in Rangiroa really early in the evening, because I don't like the idea of waiting a whole night between the atolls, and we are both looking forward to getting to Tahiti. The idea also crossed my mind to sail straight to New Zealand after Bora Bora but Bruno panicked a little when I told him, haha.

Laura

 


06-07-2012

Guppy is making good progress but the weather is not very nice. It has been rainy and drizzling since just after we left, and with it have come a lot of squalls. This makes the sailing difficult and life aboard Guppy very uncomfortable. But the good thing is, we are able to have a nice freshwater shower every day. So that's nice. :P Although, it is really cold. Last time I had this continuous drizzly and foggy weather was last year in the Indian Ocean. So it reminds me a lot of that... and I still don't like it. I hope the weather will clear up before we reach the Tuamotus, because I don't like the idea of being so close to these dangerous atolls with only 250 meters visibility. Everything else is fine. It's nice to be on the move again and I'm looking forward to Rangiroa.

Laura

 

 


05-07-2012

We had a good time with our sailing friends and enjoyed celebrating the birthday. We are full with delicious fresh fruit, and so is Guppy, as we stocked up before we left. We are at sea again, left this morning heading towards the atoll Rangiroa. There is a really nice breeze and Guppy is doing about 6 knots under full sail, so that's perfect. I will put photos on the website as soon as I have internet, which will probably be in Tahiti.

Laura

 


02-07-2012

We've moved over to another bay, still on the same island, but two bays further. There is a little town and the people are very laid back and cool. There are fruit trees everywhere and you can eat mangos, grapefruits, bananas, and many other fresh fruits, as much as you like, straight from the trees. The locals are really friendly. They play a lot of music, so we've spent a lot of time jamming with them--playing guitar, ukulele, singing, and drumming on everything. We have just found a perfect little bay and a perfect little French Polynesian village. Tomorrow we're going to move over to another bay with a beautiful white sand beach to celebrate the birthday of a friend on a boat we met in Panama. Oh, and one more exciting thing: I caught a fish today and prepared it so we had our own catch for dinner! And I didn't even get sick killing it, yay!

Laura

 


30-06-2012

We decided to leave Hiva Oa and go a few miles further to Tahuatu, as life was getting pretty uncomfortable with the big swell coming into the bay. Some good friends from Panama came in just as we were leaving the bay. They'll be over here in a few days, so that should be cool. In the meantime, we've met a lot of other people and had a really nice dinner and evening on a much bigger boat called Wet Lady. The bay where we are now, Baie Hanamoenoa, is so beautiful. There's no village, just a beautiful white beach with palm trees and high cliffs on both sides. Best of all, the water is really clear and nice to swim in, unlike Hiva Oa. So I can clean the bottom of Guppy again. Tonight we're having a barbecue on the beach with all the other yachties. I think we will stay a couple of days and then head over to Rangiroa. Pictures will have to wait because there is no internet over here, but I will try to keep everybody up to date about our adventures in paradise.

Laura


28-06-2012

After a year away, seeing the island of Hiva Oa appear on the horizon was magical for me. It felt just like I had never left. And it stayed that way. Only the boats in the anchorage have changed. An Australian boat we met in Panama and saw again in the Galapagos arrived just after us. We hadn't seen them at all while under way. It hasn't rained as much as last year. I do miss the rain a bit because it made the island ever more beautiful and the air cooler. We went to town to buy some fresh food. It was a nice walk and we ran into some people I knew from last year. It was really cool catching up with them. Now I hope to get a good night's sleep despite the huge swell from the south coming into the bay. Guppy is lying at stern and bow anchor but she's still rolling. Tomorrow we will explore the island a bit more and I'd like to visit Calvaire Cemetery, the final resting place of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel. Last year I didn't get a chance because I left way too soon.

Laura

 


26-06-2012

We arrived in Hiva Oa after I don't know how many days at sea, since I didn't count them. We went to the little town and I already ran into some people from last year. It is really cool to see them again. It just feels like I've never been away from this really beautiful island with its high green mountains.

Laura

 


25-06-2012

The wind has totally dropped down over the last day so we're running the engine, as expected. We still have 130 miles to go. And just like every time before, it feels kind of weird to be so close to land again after a long time at sea. The funniest part is that neither of us actually have any idea how long we've been at sea because we don't remember when we left. It must be something like 22 days now. That's already 4 more days than last year on the same trip. The squalls stayed away last night so I slept really well in the quiet conditions. Right now there are some dark clouds and showers hanging around us but we still haven't gotten any rain...too bad. Now there is a little wind from behind, so maybe we'll be sailing for the final miles.

Laura

 


23-06-2012

Last night, a lot of squalls came over us. The rain poured all night, at times with as much as 30 knots of wind coming from every direction. As a result, Guppy did not make a lot of progress since we spent most of the time sailing in the wrong direction. During the day, we had a little wind and the swell was not too high, so we decided to just enjoy the quietness by sailing at 2 knots. Now the wind is completely gone. I really hope the squalls stay away tonight so I can get some sleep while Mr. Yanmar gives us some miles.

Laura

 


21-06-2012

Last night we had 25 knots of wind and really confused cross seas which made life uncomfortable and sleeping very hard. But it's already a whole lot better now and we're coming closer fast. Guppy is doing a good 7 knots and we have only 470 miles left to go on this 3000 nm voyage. And well, everything else is still great out here. I am really enjoying how Guppy is cutting through the waves with this speed.

Laura

 


19-06-2012

There's about 15 to 20 knots of wind now, occasional rain with more wind and it's exactly from behind. The waves got a little higher so it's more like real sailing again. And also Guppy is making more progress again--yeah! Still 780 miles to go to the Marquesas. Days have been different out here with crew and having left a part of my life behind. I feel like I'm more and more at peace with myself and looking forward to the future now. The timeless days at sea, where I could just sit and look into the ocean for a whole day disappearing into my own mind, are gone. And sometimes I don't know if that's good or not, guess I sometimes miss it. Being alone at peace with nature, having thousands of miles to go just alone with Guppy. I'm so happy. I love Guppy more with each day. She has been so great. I start realizing what she and I did and what it actually means, that it's not just something you do every day. Guppy and I did something very special. Well, I'm gonna go back to real life now. I have to pull myself out of thinking too much about how great Guppy and the ocean are before I decide to just keep sailing around forever. Haha.

Laura

 


17-06-2012

We are slowly getting there. There's already a little bit more wind and it has shifted to east, so it's from behind now. The wind forecast sounds a little better for the next days, easterly 15 knots. Last night I slept outside again just to enjoy the quiet peaceful nights out here as long as possible, with no waves coming over and the warm sun waking me up every morning. I also saw the dolphins again, but at night so I heard them better than I could see them. They never seem to come during daylight. Almost every day we see big schools of fish swimming and jumping right next to Guppy so that's also cool :P 

Laura

 


15-06-2012

Last night we saw dolphins. But with no moon and almost no phosphorescence in the water it was hard to see them jumping in front of Guppy's bow. Even so, I could hear them the whole time. They don't seem to like light as they disappeared every time I turned on the decklight hoping to see them better. Wind has now dropped totally and we're just floating here doing 2 knots. That's a big difference from last year when I had a steady 25 knots all the way and Guppy's speed never came under 7 knots! At least there are no waves. It's actually a beautiful cloudless day. Bruno doesn't see the beauty of it, but I really enjoy the endless blue Pacific.

Laura

 


13-06-2012

The wind has come back a little and Guppy is doing 5 knots again. We're just over halfway, with 1490 miles still to go. I love the mornings out here since the temperature is still really nice then, and you can see the day coming. I saw a huge fin which turned out to be two orcas--or at least I think it was two orcas because I just saw black and a little white under water and it was just really really huge. They were so big I was stunned for about half an hour. Definitely really cool. Bruno is still sleeping which he does for most of the day. Bruno comes alive more at night when I want to sleep, so that works :P Kiwi is also mostly active and really hyper at night which doesn't work out quite so well since she loves jumping on my tummy. Bruno is getting a little bored and wants to see land again but I still love it out here. I'm also looking forward to the Marquesas and French Polynesia again but time out here is good too. Life is simple and the sailing is easy. I'm actually really happy with it.

Laura

 


11-06-2012

Blegh...the wind has dropped down the past few days, leaving us rolling at 3 knots over the calm blue empty sea. With the remaining swell, it makes things a little more uncomfortable. The sun is shining bright and it's pretty hot on the boat. The wind also shifted back a little more to the south again, so at least we're sailing with all sails on one side again. Bruno is still sick. Meanwhile, I have been writing my book again and have almost finished with Darwin - Cape Town. So doing well. The weather has been beautiful with little squalls from time to time. Every day, there's a nice clear sky and a beautiful starry night.

Laura

 


09-06-2012

Yeah! We're making great progress, doing an awesome 7 knots. The wind shifted a little more to the southeast so I poled out the Genoa last night. So everything is going well and still the same, except that we got some squalls last night and this morning. We only got the wind, the rain all passed us by. Hmmm, I really would have liked to take a fresh water shower. Bruno's not feeling so bad, at least not as bad as I was, and I am feeling better every day and really enjoying it out here.

Laura

 


07-06-2012

I'm finally recovered from my cold. Mweh, I felt so bad. But at least the weather is good. The winds have been awesome. We've made pretty good progress and there has been a nice sun ever since we left. I'm really enjoying being on sea again. But now Bruno is sick so it's probably going to take a few days before we both enjoy the sea again. Guppy is doing a nice 6.5 kn and we have 2260 nm to go til the Marquesas.

Laura

 


04-06-2012

I totally forgot to mention that we saw a whale the first day out! It was not as close as the one in South Africa, so that was really cool. And now I´m sick, just a really bad cold I think. But I'm sure I will get better in time and the weather is really nice so that helps a lot. Guppy doesn´t ask too much attention. The cat is still being crazy and running around in her little harness. We're enjoying the awesome weather and making pretty good progress, even though at night the wind always dies down a bit. We've also seen a few freighters pass by which is quite a lot for this area.

Laura

 


02-06-2012

Our last evening in San Cristobal, we had a nice dinner aboard our neighbor boat Donna with Kris and then pulled up the anchor and set sail towards the Marquesas. There was a beautiful almost-full moon and a nice breeze the whole night. Right now, we're passing the last island, Isabella, and we're probably going to see it a little while longer because the last couple of hours the wind has mostly been dropping down. The speed is now down to 2 knots, but it's a beautiful day and I'm not expecting to do the trip as fast as last year anyway.

Laura 

 


29-05-2012

The dinghy got stolen last night by one of the locals who asked $300 to give it back again the next morning! We of course didn't pay, we bought a lock and now always lock the dinghy. We're still thinking about leaving in a couple days towards Hiva Oa. That is the same island where I went last year. I really liked it but only stayed a few days. We bought a lot of food in Panama so we're good for a few months more. Also we have fuel, water, finished checking the rigging and propellor, and fixed a few other things. Guppy looks great. Today we went on a snorkel trip with Kris and crew from Donna, the neighbor boat from Belgium. That was fun. We had sea lions swimming and playing around us, saw swimming iguanas and of course turtles and stingrays. I've seen that all before so it's less exciting this time but still a lot of fun. Today was the only really rainy day, right during our snorkel trip so we were really freezing, especially because the water here comes straight from the South Pole and is pretty cold.

Laura

 


27-05-2012

We enjoy sitting on the beach with the sea lions, but trying to keep them off Guppy and out of the dinghy--well, that's not really so easy. It's night now and the temperature here is fine but around noon it gets really, really hot. I have been skating a lot because there are awesome roads here. Well, I did fall one time but that was after I had jumped off the stairs for the 10th time and landed..uh,..upside down. But I'm fine and it is really fun. Bruno skates too. We also met some local teenagers and have been hanging out with them. Last night Bruno played a jam session in a local bar on the waterfront and I sang two songs, so that was fun. I really like it here so far. But today we topped up the water and fuel tanks and we're slowly starting to get ready to leave in a few days. Shaoul is looking for another means of travel, which we decided will be the best thing for him. For now we're having a fun time here and for the next 3000 nm passage it will be just the two of us--and Kiwi, of course.

Laura

 


25-05-2012

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25-05-2012

So far I really like the Island of San Cristobal. It's quieter than Santa Cruz last year. There are fewer boats and the town looks really nice. We already made a few good friends and enjoyed the sea lions on the beach. Even though it's really really hot outside, the water is just a perfect cool temperature. We did laundry and will top up on fuel and water tomorrow. With some locals and some people from yachts, we enjoy cold drinks and ice-cream while trying to keep the huge sea lion out of Guppy's cockpit and the dinghy. Internet here is really really slow. I am still trying to upload some more pictures which hasn't worked so far, but I'm gonna try again. Everything here is really awesome, so we'll probably stay a few more days.

Laura

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24-05-2012

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23-05-2012

Crossing the equator was fun. We had awesome weather and good winds. It's already the fourth time I've crossed the line. Of course I made pancakes again and wore my crown that I saved from last year. Bruno offered a guitar pick and Shaul had already offered the inside of his stomach. We just sat and enjoyed the moment. Now we are at anchor in San Cristobal. It was a hard trip except the last two days which were pretty good sailing. Last night the wind turned right on the noseagain so we went a bit offtrack for most of the night. Then the wind dropped down and I started the engine to do the last few miles to San Cristobal as it slowly got light outside. Five minutes after we anchored, the immigration stuff started, since they come with dinghies towards your boat. Well at least that's done now. San Cristobal looks really nice and the anchorage is definitely way better since it's just calm here, without the one-meter swell like in Santa Cruz last year. So now we are enjoying a cold cola, looking at the many sea lions, and cleaning up the boat..

Laura

 


22-05-2012

It just got light out and we have about 110 miles to go. We made such good progress the last few days it's unbelievable, and we're still doing 4.5 knots with almost no wind! Really it's just because the waves calmed down. I keep checking Guppy's rigging and all the vital parts every day but she still looks great. Of course you can see that she has about 29,000 miles under her keel, but without any big problems :-) Everyone onboard is super excited knowing that we're going to see the Galapagos tomorrow. We are 40 miles from the equator so that's also awesome. Yesterday we saw a huge hammerhead shark pass by about 2 meters from the boat. That was really cool to see :P Kiwi just woke up and is jumping on my head and meowing because she's hungry and now she is walking over my computer and getting really funny. So I'm gonna give her some food now.

Laura


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