Today (Tuesday) we left San Cristobal to move over to Isla Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is the most populated island in the Galapagos, and is home to the National Park of the Galapagos, the Darwin Research Center, and lots of stores, dive shops, and tourist centers. We started the day waiting for a fuel delivery. They delivered nine 5-gallon jugs of diesel fuel which we needed to transfer to Tahina’s two main tanks. We also received our clearance papers out of San Cristobal, and clearances for Santa Cruz and Isla Isabella (our other two assigned stops), and finally got our passports back from immigration.
We did one more round of Internet before leaving and then departed around 10:30 AM. The winds were pretty decent – 12-15 knots on a perfect beam reach for our course. Tahina was loving it and making 8-9 knots most of the forty-two miles to Puerto Ayora in iSanta Cruz. Along the way, we went past a medium-sized uninhabited (by humans) island called Santa Fe. We also had a visit from some pacific bottle-nosed dolphins and saw some other sea life along the way (including some jumping rays).
We’ve been having an issue lately with the raw water intake for our generator while under sail. Either there is a new previously unnoticed problem with the thru-hull sucking air under way, or a hose is kinked in the intake, or the raw water impellor is fouled up somehow. We’ll have to investigate this before we leave the Galapagos.
While in Santa Cruz we plan to go diving one day, sightseeing the park and research center, and do some provisioning while we’re near the main grocery stores here. We signed up for a dive trip tomorrow, so there won’t be another post probably until Thursday.
Afterwards, we ran into Trevor – a guy we met in Panama who was on the Eye of the World sailing vessel (but, he is now headed back home). Eye of the World left for the Marquesas two days ago apparently. We just spent an hour getting all our gear together for the dive tomorrow – we have to be there by 7:20 AM.
More to come!