RoRC Report - The Galapagos

Greetings from Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos! From Colombia through the Panama Canal... Next stop, the Marquesas

By RoRCs Pam McBryne and Denis Moonan - 19/04/2018

'Glide' left Cartagena, Colombia in mid-January 2018, headed for the Comarca de Kuna Yala (San Blas Islands) of Panama. As mentioned in our previous report, we saw no OCC boats in Cartagena and the same was true in Kuna Yala. Due to some boat maintenance/repair issues, we were in Kuna Yala for a much shorter period of time than expected. So, there may have been many OCC boats there.....we just did not meet them. We sailed to Puerto Linda (Bahia de Linton) for our boat work. There we met Platina II (David & Chis) and Ti Sento ( Agnes & Bas). We had drinks aboard Platina and immediately bonded over the paperwork shuffle to get measured and get an appointment to transit the Panama Canal. We also met Kindred Spirit and Exocet Strike who were traveling with the ARC. Exocet Strike successfully completed their passage to Nuku Hiva, Marquesas a few days ago.

At Shelter Bay Marina, we met several OCC boats awaiting their Canal transit. Arkouda was there but not onboard so we did not meet them (we subsequently met them via radio in San Cristobal, Galapagos). Hedonism was also there & we had several opportunities to socialize. Enavigo arrived a couple of days before our departure, much to our delight as we first met Jody & Steve in Porto Santo, Madeira in 2016 and again when they joined the Maine Rally in 2017.

After our Canal transit, we met Moon Rebel on the Pacific side and shared an anchorage with them in Isla Taboga.

And, here we are in the Galapagos, anchored in the company of Sea Cloud and Higgins as well as newly recruited and accepted members Lisa and Johan Persson on Rubicon. Sea Cloud departs for the Marquesas on Saturday and Higgins returns to Panama on the same day for repairs to this failed Raymarine electronics. Glide expects to depart for the Marquesas on 4/10, in the company of Rubicon.

Addendum to 12/17 report: I neglected to mention in our last report that we were visited in Norfolk, VA by Doug Selden (Ithaka), who traveled all the way from Deltaville, Va to catch-up and deliver a jar of his “secret sauce” that we have been dreaming about since he first brought it to the 2015 Maine Rally). Also, we met up with Sarah Southworth (Moonlight Serenade) on the beach at Georgetown, Great Exuma, Bahamas. Sarah was cruising on Broken Horse; we had previously met at the 2016 Maine Rally.

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