Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mexico to Galapagos - Day 19 - Betting

[March 20]

Total Distance: 1614
24 hr Distance: 91 nm (DMG: 49)
Distance to go: 357 nm
Lat/Long: 3°38.25'N / 93°42.59'W

Another day with not much to report. We're getting closer, which is fabulous. Not fast enough, which can be frustrating.

We contine to marvel at the tenacity of the Boobies. They have been out here in the middle of the ocean consistently for the past few weeks. They regularly make circles around the mast, deciding how and where to land. Sometimes it will be just a solitary bird, and other times, there will be a dozen of them playing along, diving at the fish that travel with us, and the tuna lure that we trail behind. John has been shat on. Our mast indicator is now damaged. Boobie poo decorates our sails and deck. SO...boobies aren't our favorite anymore. We often contemplate the best way to scare them off without damaging the boat. In case you're wondering...fireworks is not a good solution. As the screeching device rockets up into the air, the first mate also tends to shriek, in fear of putting a hole in our sails!! John latest solution is paint balls flung from a slingshot. I think a super-soaker might be more appropriate.

We've also seen a small little bird that flies low to the water, is quite quick, and doesn't stick around for our identification program.

We started gambling today. We've taken bets on our arrival time. I won't tell you our ETA's just yet, in case you'd like to play along. Go ahead and write your best guess of the date and time of our arrival at San Cristobal in the comments section below. The prize will be very elusive bragging rights. The data above should be enough to get you started, as well as the data on previous posts. You might also be interested to know that our
overall trip average speed is 3.8 knots (nm/hr). But of course....this is a sailboat, our speed, and our direction, are dictated to us by forces unseen....

PS...we're getting low on minutes for our satellite phone. Please don't
panic if you don't hear from us for a couple of days.


Jacob & Julia said...

Alright, I'm only going to make this guess because I assume you can't check it until you've arrived, and hence it won't be overly depressing to you now:)

I think you will arrive sometime on the evening of the 28th, so in to the anchorage on the morning of the 29th.


Diane, Evan and Maia said...

Hey guys,
A bunch of is in La Cruz are keeping tabs on your progess. The news on which veggies held up etc was super helpful.
Our guess on your eta is middle of the night on the 27.

Anonymous said...

For your sanity, I'm going to guess sometime in the night of the 25th or early morning of the 26th :) Go Renova go!!
:) Rusel Clan

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