Saturday, 2 April 2016

Galapagos to Marquesas...

On 29th February we left Galapagos for our journey to Marquesas,
taking exactly 21 days and 3095 nautical miles...

We needed to motor for 3 days only during the trip.
A week in and our beautiful screecher sail blew out – damn!
Richard had to do repairs on both the generator and watermaker while underway, 
however all in all it was a wonderful uneventful trip.

The dolphins came out to meet us as we approach Marquesas...

Our first sight of land was amazing and what a spectacular anchorage – Fatu Hiva - purported to be one of the most beautiful anchorages in the world

We presented Dean with this certificate while having a well deserved drink
After 21 days of no alcohol it was like nectar to the gods!

and we got into some guitar lessons with a few drinks...

We met Daniel – a Frenchman who arrived here six months ago 
and hasn’t left (we can understand why)…

Daniel is a true gentleman, taking us ashore to meet the locals
and organizing the most amazing fruit

Which was given to us by Poi (in photo below)

Poi is also an amazing bone carver – we bought a beautiful  piece from him
for my hair

We went on a wonderful walk to a local waterfall

After a couple of days of enjoying being at anchorage
we headed to Viatehu, Tahuata
The church here is magnificent which overlooks the anchorage

Inside, the pulpit is hand carved

Easter was again upon us, so I baked
Chicken Pies, Mince and Cheese Pies and of course Hot Cross Buns...

We finally headed to Hiva Oa to check into French Polynesia

We then headed to Hanamenu on Hiva Oa
The casting was great off the back of Our Rose

However this shark was returned to live another day

While heading to Ua Pou we came across birds working
Great schools of tuna – needless to say it was Sashimi and Sesame Seared Tuna Medallions for dinner!..

We anchored at "Daniels Bay" a gorgeous spot... 
the yacht next to us - a young french couple had a chicken aboard
they thought it would lay eggs for them (they collected it in Galapagos)
Needless to say - no eggs
However was a visual feast for the boys as she wore NOTHING!

Went for a long walk to the third highest waterfall in the world

We are now at Niku Hiva, with the first internet since we arrived, 
and leaving for the Tuamotos tomorrow…

This amazing mural is on the wall of a snack place here,
showing the full body tattoos of the Marquesan ancestors

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Start of Pacific Passage AND Galapagos...

We leave Panama and head to Las Perlas.
Richard and Dean scuba clean Our Rose bottom, 
ready for Galapagos (the hulls have to be spotless – not a barnicle in sight, 
otherwise they send you way off shore to clean it again).

Our trip to the Galapagos was 6 days… actually could have been 5, however we had to slow ourselves down a great deal in the last 24 hours, otherwise we would have arrived in the evening of the 5th day – rather arrive on the morning of the next.

Dean catching a nap – we catch up when we can

Skipjack Tuna caught meant Sashimi, Sesame Seared Tuna and Salad – YUM

Crossing the equator was celebrated with Neptune paid tribute to.

After crossing, we turned around and went over again, so the Richard and Dean could swim across…


Dean has brought over  a guitar to give me lessons…

On a very low wind day, we try out our new (2nd hand) Spinnaker

And set up the Storm sail – just to remind ourselves

On Arrival to San Cristobel, Galapagos we await our Agent, Customs, Immigration, Health and Divers.  Once all the formalities are completed, we celebrate Deans first crossing of the Equator and our arrival in Galapagos with Champagne

We use the window protectors that Richard designed for the Canal Transit as Sea Lion deterrants – the Sea Lions though cute when you first see them, soon become a real menace as they climb onto Our Rose on any opportunity and make a horrible mess 
(they defacate in abundance – putting it very politely!)
Since this photo, we have had to put another layer on top as they got over these!

It is very picturesque here

We go for a diving trip to Punta Pit, where we saw some great marine life.


We also went ashore for a lovely hike, where we were fortunate to see both Red Footed and Blue Footed Boobies

We leave Our Rose for a couple of days 
and catch the ferry to Santa Cruz. 
Another gorgeous picturesque spot.  
The Blue Footed Boobies were amazing to watch 
catching Sardines and Anchovies…

The Church had the most amazing stained glass windows, 
and this jewelry store great gates

A great walk took us through a very dry landscape with a lot of cactus – these gates along the way were quite amazing

ending up at a fissure in the volcanic rocks 
with a fresh water swimming hole

Passing the fish market, the lady is keeping flies off the fresh tuna, while a pelican looks on from above and a seal waits for scraps below the table.   

The sea Lions chill out everywhere...

We had been told the diving at Gordons Rocks 
is well worth the trip 
and that turned out to be an understatement!  
We dived with at least 20 hammerhead sharks, 
white tip sharks, black tip sharks, turtles, 
Golden Rays, Manta Rays, Spotted Eagle Rays, Normal Rays, 
Sea Lions, and many schooling fish 
it was truly a wonderful experience

The group of us had to go and have a drink to toast our day
Our dive friends were from Australia, Germany and Denmark