First 1/3 of our Pacific Crossing from Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands

I realized just now after finally having decent wifi to check out blog posts that were sent from the iridium that my posts were incomplete! So here is the first 1/3 posted again….

Pacific Crossing from Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands First 1,000 miles (1/3rd of the way).

Day 1: motored 2.5 hours (10:30 am. – 13:00). Full sail, light breeze. 4pm, wind 8kts SOG 4.5 -5kts. Chicken Mole dinner with rice. 7pm, wind patchy/died. Nina watch 8pm-11pm. Josie watch 11pm -3 am. Midnight 1° 15.35′ S, 90° 45.20′ W, SOG 1.5 – 2 kts. 44 miles .

Crossing the Pacific Ocean from Galápagos Islands 24 hour report.

—–10:30am

At 18/04/2018 16:30 (UTC) our position was 01°38.38’S -091°0.11’W

As if this morning, We are making our way southwest COG 200 before heading more westerly. We have a 0.5 counter current right now.

Miles total: 74

Miles over last 24h: 74

Day 2:

11:30 76 miles (tracker restarted) started engine for 2.5hrs. 0’5 counter current pushing east. 2pm Changed heading to more westerly to accommodate for current.

Light winds, full sail at 2pm. Poled out 150 and full main.

7pm Slow progress SW. SOG 2kts. Chicken Mole “Enchiladas” for dinner.

Midnight position 155.5 S, 9117.39W COG 200t, SOG 1.5 -2kt. Very light wind, current pushing again SW 1-1.5 kt.

10:30 total miles 136 miles , miles over last 24h 60

Day 3: hoisted asymmetrical at 0830. Wind slowly picked up. Comfortable seas. 2pm seeing 4 kt SOG and less at times. Wind slowly switching more out of south. By 5 pm wind on the nose pointed as high up as possible. Cog 245 , SOG 5! No fish but have bluefin tuna swimming by our boat. Not desperate enough to get the spear gun out, but instead enjoyed watching them play. More (final serving) of the Chicken Mole and rice variation that I made on the first day. Everyone is tired of it.

Midnight position 258.5 S, 9207W COG 230t, SOG 5.5kts. Wind ~ 10 kts, nearly close reach. Sea state: comfortable slight occasional roll.


At 20/04/2018 16:30 (UTC) our position was 03°38.20’S -092°51.6’W. COG 217 SOG 6.5 TWS 12kt SE.

Day 3 (72h) completed at 10:30 am our time. We sailed most of yesterday’s daylight hours with our asymmetrical. By 5pm the wind switched more out of SSE forcing us to head as high up into the wind as possible to keep a SW heading. Steady wind throughout the night, picking up around 2 am.

Total miles: 254 miles (~2,800 miles to go)

Miles over last 24h: 120 miles.

Day 4: full white sails all day (main and genoa). Wind 8-14 kts mainly out of SE SOG mostly 4-6kts, COG 220 – 240. Making ground! Good day doing school and getting in the groove. Sea state still pretty comfortable with a 1.5 – 2 m S swell. Caught a small Mahi Mahi, returned her back to Neptune. Asian noodle veggie stir fry for dinner

Midnight 425’43’’S, 9347’12’’ N


At 21/04/2018 16:30 (UTC) our position was 04°48.49’S -094°33.6’W

Day 4 (96h) completed at 10:30 am our time. Steady wind throughout the night, dropping a little around 1 am, but picked up again by 2:30am.

Total miles: 388 miles

Miles over last 24h: 134 miles.

Day 5:

Wind at 11am 10-14 kts SE. SOG 5-6 COG 240t

Working sails all day wind 10-20, 14 avg. avg speed 6, saw some 8’s! Had one episode of furling in the jib and reefing the main, but that only lasted about 30 minutes. Mexican veggie sauté “stuffed” Potatoes for dinner.

Midnight: we hit 5S! 501’S, 95*53.7 W


At 23/04/2018 16:30 (UTC) our position was 05°20.19’S – -097°2.6’W

(120h) completed at 10:30 am our time. SOG 6 – 8 COG 250t. Wind 12-17 kts SE

Total miles: 549 miles

Miles over last 24h: 161 miles! A New PR

Day 6: uneventful day. No fish. Made bread, mayonnaise, rotated eggs, made a meat sauce spaghetti. No school day!

Midnight: 534.47’S – 9837.33’W SOG 7-8.5 COG 250 – 260t

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At 23/04/2018 16:30 (UTC) our position was 05°43.3’S -099°34.4’W

SOG 7 – 8 COG 250t- 260t. Wind 12-17 kts SE and Steady wind throughout the night, now aft of the beam.

Total miles: 727 miles (2300 ish to go)

Miles over last 24h: 178 miles! A New PR

Day 7:


At 24/04/2018 16:30 (UTC) our position was 06°1.38’S -102°37.3’W

1 week completed! Day 7 completed at 10:30 am our time. SOG 7 – 8 COG 260t. Wind 12-17 kts SE and Steady wind throughout the night, just aft of the beam. Asian veggie stir fry over rice noodles again. (I used the extra sauce I made from the other day).

Total miles: 897 miles

Miles over last 24h: 170 miles!

Day 8:

Another day of smooth sailing so far. Wind speeds started to pick up over 20kts. Reefed the main at 1500. Seeing speeds of in the 10’s while surfing the swell. Caught 2 small Mahi at one time, released them back to grow. Meat sauce Spaghetti again with the extra sauce I made from the other night.

@2333 (2230 new time) we reached 1,000 miles! We’re 1/3 Rd through our crossing with just over 2,000 to go. Now, officially the time changes back an hour.

8 am this morning wind picked up a little, so we furled in the jib in to “working jib” status.


At 25/04/2018 16:30 (UTC) our position was 06°22.38’S -105°37.3’W

Day 8 completed at now 09:30 am our time. SOG 7 – 9 COG 260t. Wind 12-17 kts ESE with gusts in low 20’s .Steady wind throughout the night, aft of the beam.

Total miles: 1084 miles (~2,000 miles more to go)

Miles over last 24h: 187 miles! A New PR!

boat galley cinnamon rolls made for our first 1,000 mile marker!

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