After final farewells at Balboa Yacht Club and last minute shopping done, we left Panama City.
This passage was the most pleasant we have had by far. We had steady winds on our beam, a 2knot current behind us and calm seas. Having JoAnne and Bill on board meant lots of sleep, laughs, good food and fun for all.
The only hiccup was the burning out of our fan belt when the idler pulley failed. Pretty scary to have black smoke coming from the engine room, but a relief to find it was not a fire. Ian and Bill spent the next day building a replacement pulley from bits on the boat, and it worked!!
We crossed the equator during the night, so postponed our celebration until the following day.
Crossing the equator was celebrated in style. We wore crowns made by JoAnne, while we told stories, and sipped French champagne as we toasted our conversion from shellbacks to polliwogs (or is it the other way around?).
As we wouldn’t make it into port by the evening, we hove to off the top of San Cristobal to clean the hull and to take many photographs posing with our new friends, a pair of red footed boobies perched on our pulpit.
As the sun rose over Leon Dormido (Sleeping Lion) we drifted down in the current towards San Cristobal Wreck Bay anchorage with the dolphins and sea lions swimming around us.
Bill pushed Sea Cloud along using the tender and we safely anchored. Very exciting to finally be in the Galapagos!