We are leaving the Galapagos tomorrow (Saturday 24-April-2010) to head for the French Marquesas which is nearly 3000 nautical miles away. This will be our biggest passage ever and will take more than two weeks. Below is a screenshot from Google Earth showing a very rough map of the route:
Currently the forecast for the weather is good news and bad news. The good news is that things are calming down from the blustery winds many sailors have been experiencing during the last 10 days. The bad news is that the winds are forecasted to go even lighter than we would like. So, our journey may take longer than the 15 or 16 days we were hoping for. Of course, forecasts can change, so we will have to keep downloading weather faxes with our shortwave radio as we go along. The other good news is that the weather should be pleasant and maybe the fishing will be good!
Today we went on one last tour (look for a post soon about that), we have been doing last minute provisions, checking our systems, topping off fuels, and last minute Internet checks (yes, we managed to find working Internet on Isabela after all – it’s just hard to get to).
We have our clearance from the Galapagos in hand, and we plan to leave tomorrow by noon. There will still be blog posts and tweets on Twitter (follow us on @gotahina) which we will send via our short-wave radio. But, we won’t be able to check our regular e-mails until we arrive in the Marquesas in 15-20 days (estimated). Please wish us fair winds and a following sea. That’s the favored departure wish for all sailors.