Our 2nd 3rd of our Pacific Ocean crossing from The Galápagos Islands to The Marquesas

Our 2nd 3rd of our Pacific Ocean crossing from The Galápagos Islands to The Marquesas.

We just completed 1084 miles by the end of day 8. The Shenanigans and Shawnigan continue…

Day 9: April 25 into April 26th was pretty uneventful. Dinner was Sweet and regular potatoes with Mexican seasoned veggies and fresh pico de gallo salsa.


At 26/04/2018 16:30 (UTC) our position was 06°34.6’S -108°20’W

Day 9 completed at now 09:30 am our time. SOG 6.5-7.5. COG 260t. Wind 10-15 kts ESE with gusts in high teens.

Total miles: 1255 miles

Miles over last 24h: 170 miles! (4 170+nm days in a row!)

Day 10: April 26th-April 27th.

Another beautiful day out here in the big blue. Caught 2 Mahi again just before dinner, but again they were two small to keep, plus they were mates, so we felt bad to take them so young. We returned them back to Neptune. Hopefully one of these days he’ll give us a big one in return. Veggie Pad Thai for dinner. We made pretty good ground again today. Winds were more variable and had a few rain “squalls” , but not too severe.

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At 27/04/2018 16:30 (UTC) our position was 06°53.6’S -111°35’W

Day 10 completed at 09:30 am our time. SOG 6.5-7.5. COG 260t. Wind 10-15 kts ESE with gusts in high teens. Rolly night with a few rain showers. Dipped our boom in a few times (single reefed main).

Total miles: 1429 miles

Miles over last 24h: 174 miles!

Day11: April-27-28th, 2018

Calm night. 1/2 way mark 1,550 miles completed at 0300 on the 28th!


At 28/04/2018 16:30 (UTC) our position was 07°17.36’S -113°40.35’W

Day 11 completed at 09:30 am our time. SOG 5-6. COG 260t. Wind 10-15 kts ESE.

Christian just now speared a 10+kg yellowfin tuna from off the bow of our boat!

Total miles: 1585 miles (I added 9 too many to yesterdays)

Miles over last 24h: 165 miles

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Day 12: April 28-29th

After catching the Tuna, excitement remained high for the day. As soon as we had the fish onboard, the sushi rice was in the pressure cooker in preparation for dinner. I made Poké bowls for lunch and rolled up sushi for dinner. Yum! We’ll be having fish for the next few days! The night was a great sail. Speeds picked back up to 6 and 7’s.


At 29/04/2018 16:30 (UTC) our position was 07°46.15’S -116°15.35’W

Day 12 completed at 09:30 am our time. SOG 6-7. COG 250-260 throughout the night. Now 270t. Wind 12-18 kts ESE.

Total miles: 1746 miles

Miles over last 24h: 161 miles

Day 13: April 29-30, 2018: Sunday fun day aboard Shawnigan was pretty uneventful. Pancake breakfast. No school, sea state pretty calm, sailing wing on wing (aka butterfly or goose winging). The girls brought out the chessboard. All was good and restful. Made Poké bowls for lunch again and seared Tuna with Asian veggies over rice for dinner. Beautiful blue moon rise over the horizon tonight. Not a single thing in sight except for Ocean and scattered puffy clouds. A few bIrds in the distance, not sure what kind.


At 30/04/2018 16:30 (UTC) Monday, our position was 07°54.5’S -118°57.12’W

Day 13 completed at (new time) 08:30 am our time. SOG 6-7. COG 270 throughout the night. Wing on wing. Wind 12-18 kts switching more easterly.

Total miles: 1910 miles

Miles over last 24h: 164 miles

Day 14: April 30,- May 1st. 2,000 miles completed @ 2100 on April 30th. @ today, May 1, 2018, we made it 2/3 the way exactly at the end of our 14th day. 2,066 miles completed, just over 1,033 miles to go. Maybe a 21 day passage?!?! We’ll see…


At 01/05/2018 16:30 (UTC) our position was 07°57.46’S -121°30.33’W

Day 14 completed AND 2/3 the way at 08:30 am our time. SOG 5-7 (slowed down with less current helping and wing on wing with less wind. COG 250-270 throughout the night depending on wind speed. Wing on wing. Wind 12-18 kts more easterly.

Total miles: 2066 total (2/3 the way!!!)

Miles over last 24h: 156 miles (lowest in a while).

Up next:

Last 1/3 of our Pacific Crossing from Galapagos to Hiva Oa, Marquesas, French Polynesia.

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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.

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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!

Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands : Week 3

Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands : Week 3

Posting from our iridium satellite phone. I will post photos when we get decent wifi somewhere in the South Pacific.

On April 10th we arrived in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island at night. Not our favorite thing to do, arrive by night that is. We were having such a great sail up and over here that we were a little late on getting the engine to assist to make sure we were there before dark. We came in around 7:30pm. We motored in slowly as it was incredibly dark, but littered with lights from town, it was hard to discern were there was space in the anchorage to drop our hook. To top it off the anchorage was crowded. Some people had stern anchors out and some didn’t. We found a hole to safely anchor in and called it a night.

The next morning, April 11th, our morning coffee during sunrise was beautiful. The sun came up soft and warm, and the sky turned from pastels to a bright blue. The town had a look of a little village in the Mediterranean. We were excited to get to shore. Santa Cruz is the most populated island of all the Galápagos Islands. The town of Puerto Ayora itself only has 2,000 people, but that does not account for all of the tourists and the nearby villages. It was Tajs 5th birthday and we were all excited to wonder town and find a place to get a birthday treat to celebrate with.

Water taxis were mandatory once again, $1/person each way. We walked the Malecon, found our place to get a treat, found good coffee and we found our local friends that we had only met online. We attempted to FaceTime family for Tajs birthday, but wifi on the island was slow. A little frustrating, but it forced us to enjoy the moment more.

Over the next few days, we met up with our local friend, Diego and surfed. We found more activities to do with the other kid boats (Pelizeno, La Cigale, Lady Mary, Raftkin, Bajka and Dol Selene). We surfed more and went to more beaches and tortoise breeding grounds and huge lava tunnels. Saturday was a big day. There is a local farmers market that starts at 5am. A group of us got together at 6 and took a taxi there. We loaded up of fresh food for the crossing!
That afternoon (April 14th) we celebrated Tajs birthday with all the other kid boats and celebrated Hayleys (off of SV Raftkin) 12th birthday as well. There was a total of 17 kids (SV Kea and C’est Si Bon joined our kid boat group)! We were so happy to have so many kids to help celebrate with.

Before we knew it, it was time to check out. Our weather window to leave was looking to good as far as having decent wind to sail as much as possible to catch the southern Pacific trade winds. Also, all of the other kid boats were leaving during the same window. Wed already grown attached and didn’t want to be too far behind them once everyone made it to The Marquesas. Leaving was so hard. We all felt like we wanted another week there and we wanted to spend more time with our local friends Paola and Diego. But weather windows always take priority when planning a departure. We might just have to find our way back to the Galápagos Islands for another visit.

Tuesday morning, April 17th, we finished checking out of immigrations after one last farmers market (6am) run, breakfast with Paola and Diego at their house, and a last minute FaceTime with family. I held it back during the moment, but those calls were a little emotional for me.

At 10:30am (16:30 UTC) we departed for French Polynesia. Kea and C’est Si Bon left 2 days prior, Bajka left the day before, the rest of us kid boats (Pelizeno, La Cigale, Raftkin, Shawnigan) and Dol Selene left on Tuesday a few hours apart.

*** side notes for people who will be visiting Santa Cruz:
Places to eat;
-La Garrapata (excellent service, sea food, fresh tuna, ceviche and kid meals).
-The Rock: For lunch time, you can get a very tasty almuerso special meal for $5 that comes with soup, main meal (i.e. Chicken and rice) and fresh juice. -OMG: for coffee and ok wifi.
-Saturday morning Market (Farmers market) fresh empenadas and Bolons.

Places to see:
-Darwin Center
-Museum that’s down town
-the 400 m lava tunnels and tortoise breeding grounds.

That’s all the Shenanigans on Shawnigan for now…

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Christian and Diego Surf it up, #tortugabayexperience

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Field trip to the Darwin Center!#Eatlesspasticand we still had enough for sushi!

3 weeks in the Galapagos! Week 2: Isla Isabela

3 weeks in the Galapagos! Week 2: Isla Isabela Week 2 of Three weeks in the Galápagos Islands; a life long dream come true.
***This post has been posted using our Iridium Sat phone from somewhere in the middle of the ocean. I will add pictures when we reach French Polynesia and get sufficient wifi.April 4th, 2018
We arrived to Isabela after a full day of motor sailing ~80 miles. We left at 4 am and arrived by 5:30 pm. I’m glad we arrived at daylight, as there were many reefs surrounding the anchorage and many that are not on our Navionics charts. As we were coming in, our agent for Isabela, James, haled us in the radio. He gave clear instructions for us to stay on the boat until we had been checked in by authorities in the morning. Wow! We had no idea we would have to be checked at every port we went to in the Galapagos. Good thing it was only going to be three ports.
So, first thing the next morning, we got cleared in. James, the port captain and immigrations came aboard for questions and a quick inspection. They were super nice, but it always feels weird having authorities come aboard to inspect your boat. There is that something in the back of your mind “what if they find something and make us leave after spending all of this money and effort to visit?” . Thankfully all was good to go.On Isabela you are allowed to use your own dinghy to go ashore instead of the mandatory water taxi service that is on San Cristobal and Santa Cruz. The other kid boats (Pelizeno, Raftkin and Dol Selene) left San Cristobal on Wednesday night making their voyage an overnighter, therefor arrived in the early morning on Thursday as we were getting checked in. We waited for all to get checked in and went to shore as a group just after lunch. The dinghy dock is new and built more for the pangas to use but suitable for a few sailing tenders. (Bring a stern anchor for your dinghy if you sail here). Oh and it’s $10/person to use it for the duration of your stay ($5/child).The feel for Isla Isabela was different. The island itself is much dryer, with green mangroves only near the water and some green farmland in the highlands. The rest of island was mostly dirt roads (except for a few new paved roads) and lava rock and formations. Again, tons of Sea Lions and tons of Marine Iguanas. The town of Puerto Villamil itself is pretty small and a bit of a walk from the dinghy dock. Toward the end of our stay on Isabela the walk seemed further, especially heading home after a long day. That first day we just wandered up the main drag getting ideas for activities to do over the next few days.We quickly discovered that most of the highlighted sight seeing activities that “everyone” recommends, cost a fair bit of money. We’d been told by many people to do the “los tuneles” snorkeling tour, but after finding out that it would cost ~$100 / person ($500 for our family) we opted out. To help justify not doing it was the poor water clarity reported recently. There were other activities, but most require a hired guide or tour due to the National Park regulations. Hmm, our options became limited with our budget.After talking with some locals we found free and cheap sight seeing activities! The next few days were spent walking along paths to see birds, including flamingos and finches, iguanas and tortoise breeding facilities. We had a few beach days with time drinking coffee while the kids played in the sand and iguanas walked over our feet (literally)! Our most epic day there was when we (Pelizeno, Raftkin, Dol Selene and us on Shawnigan) rented bikes and hired taxis to drive us 1/2 way up the crater and drop us off to ride down.We started up past Cueva Sucre lava tubes, so that we could ride down through some of the highland’s farmlands. The locals grow banana, papaya, and many other fruits along with raising chicken, cattle, and horses. Pesticides are not permitted on the Galapagos, so everything there was pretty much “organic”. Guava trees littered the roadside and were encourage by the taxi drivers to pick due to their introduced and invasive nature. The bike ride down was amazing ! We started on fairly loose gravel road. There was a few of us who took it slower along with some of the kids. We stopped along the way at Cueva Sucre lava tubes, then again for lunch at a lookout called Mango Vista. The ride was about 20K and pretty much all downhill back to town.After an Ice Cream break we hopped back on the bikes to ride another 7K to the Wall of Tears. Not all downhill and quite a bit sandy terrain, we trudged through the additional 14K more. Totally worth it! We saw tortoises along the trail, beautiful look outs and the “Wall of Tears”. The wall was built as a punishment or rather a way for the 200 relocated prisoners to “work off” their sentence by piling heavy lava rocks up and along as a huge wall. It turned into a brutal and hostile project that cost the lives of many in the process. The day ended with our now routine coffee at the beach and later Pizza with the whole group including SV La Cigale (who has joined us, anchored in Isabela, but couldn’t join us for the bike ride).The next morning, April 10th, we woke up early for a 5 am departure for Isla Santa Cruz. We were the only boat in our little kid boat group to leave that day. The rest would join us in a few days.our friendly immigration checkScreenshot (153)IMG_2905IMG_2904IMG_2902Screenshot (156)Screenshot (157)Screenshot (158)Screenshot (159)Screenshot (161)Screenshot (162)Screenshot (163)Screenshot (165)Screenshot (185)IMG_2826IMG_2828IMG_2831IMG_2832

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3 weeks in the Galapagos! Week 1: Isla San Cristóbal

Three weeks in the Galápagos Islands; a life long dream come true.
This post has been posted using our Iridium Sat phone from somewhere in the middle of the ocean. I will add pictures when we reach French Polynesia and get sufficient wifi.Week 1: Isla San Cristóbal – Puerto Baquerizo
*apologies in advance for not being able to post pictures. Wifi on the Galápagos Islands is very limited and posting from our iridium is even more limited. I will have to back post when we reach somewhere with better wifi.On the 8th night at sea, our passage from Panama to Galapagos was near an end. The sweet damp aroma of earth filled the air. Shawnigan was sailing upwind, as high up into the wind as possible making a west south west track toward Isla San Cristobal, Galápagos Islands. The smell of the earth could be sensed before sight. Based on our track we would round the north end of San Cristobal early in the dark morning hours. We would have liked to have rounded from the south, but could not make that high of an angle. When dawn broke, the sight was unbelievable.There is something so magical about making landfall after many days at sea just in itself. Making landfall in the Galapagos after 8 days at sea was beyond magical. The landscape was green, the air was clean and so blue in contrast. Steep jagged volcanic cliffs and bluffs lined some of the coastline. Everywhere we looked in the water sea turtles were surfacing. The wind had steadily declined and the seas flattened. Birds circled around us, sea lions did as well. We sat staring, with amazement, we had reached The Galápagos Islands!Christian took this time to hop in the water and make sure the bottom of our boat was completely free of barnacles or any other growth. We packed away the boat in preparation for our check-in process. Wed heard many a different experiences as far as the check-in process goes. Some people had been inspected and sent back out 40 miles to clean their bottoms better, some people had food confiscated, while others had no problems at all. We didn’t want to take any risk for being sent away from the Galapagos, so we spent a good hour drifting, getting everything in order*** and raising our yellow quarantine flag before motoring into port.We made it into port by 9 am. Our agent had the local group of people responsible for clearing us in out to our boat in no time. 8 people piled on to our boat for what turned out to be less than an hour long process. Much easier than we expected. Phew. Then we were kicked off out boat for a mandatory fumigation. Without that part planned, we took a mandatory $1/person water taxi to shore with snacks and water and eyes wide open, trying to decompress from the sail and take it all in.We were greeted by sea lions all over the docks and beaches. Huge, black iguanas walking around accustomed to people walking close in proximity. Without needing to explore much further, it was clear that our time hear would be filled with the animal sightings we hoped for.The town in Puerto Baquerizo is quaint with a beautiful Malecon and little tourist shops, hostels and cafes scattered about. The price of food and coffee was similar to that of the US, a little pricey for our taste, but manageable. We had heard about the other kid boats that we’re in the anchorage, and it didn’t take long to spot them out. SV Pelizeno, Raftkin, La Cigale all had kids aboard and were buddy boating with another Kiwi couple on Dol Selene. Meeting them was like meeting up with old friends. Quickly, we all connected and started to plan out activities to do together.From the second day and on we were busy every day with on shore sightseeing activities. Christian found surf at the local reef called Tonga. We went snorkeling in a few different locations. A taxi trip across the island to the Crater, Tortoise exhibit, and another snorkeling beach was organized. We had 4 taxis between all of our boats. The island was green, but not wet either. One of the fresh water sources for the island was from the crater we visited . Apparently this is normally the wet season, but this year hasn’t yielded much rain at all. We also went to the Interpretation Center, a information center. This was neat, as it was free and it gave a good representation of the history of the Galapagos and some of the founding people and organizations that help keep the Galapagos protected and sustainable.During our visit on San Cristobal, we mostly saw sea lions. They were everywhere and not the least bit shy! They were supper friendly, but have been known to bite when provoked. We kept to the 2 meter away suggestion as much as possible. Birds were plentiful. I’m not an expert birder, but thoroughly enjoyed hearing and seeing the different birds. I wish we had hired a guide to point out all of the different species. I do know we saw a few different finches. The frigates were larger and more colorful than the ones we saw in Mexico. We saw the red footed Boobie on our boat, but after that we didn’t see too many more. There were more Blue footed Boobies as well. The iguanas were around, but we didn’t see any in the water. While Christian was surfing he was surrounded by sea turtles! I got to touch one too!After about a week on San Cristobal, we pulled up anchor and headed to Isla Isabela. (Post to come soon).***what is required for checking in:
-Autographo: letter stating approval to enter the Galapagos from your hired agent. We went through Ricardo with Super Yacht Galapagos http://www.superyachtgalapagos.live/.
-Black Water certificate stating you have a proper holding tank for your bathroom waste. We made sure our forward head was not in use and our aft head valve was turned to our holding tank.
-All trash, recycling, and compost needed to be separated and labeled accordingly.
-Certain foods are not allowed (seeds, whole coffee beans etc). We didn’t know about the coffee beans and we just provisioned with 12 pounds of it! (Thankfully we didn’t have it confiscated).
-Fumigation certificate: we heard they would fumigate regardless of whether you had it done in Panama or not, so we waited to have it done on our check-in.

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