Just over 7 years ago I set sail from Honokohau harbor in Kona with 1 month of sailing experience. The 940 mile trip to Palmyra was my first ocean passage and step to being the 1st double amputee to solo circumnavigate the world. 7 years and 1 day later I set sail on another 900 mile passage to another amazing nature preserve. Galapagos islands are one of my last stops on this lap and being here realizes a lifelong dream.

Celebrating crossing the Ecuator with a glass of scotch.

The passage here was a tough one. Constant thunderstorms and against the wind for the 1st 6 days then on a beat the next 3.  My engine wiring harness failed, bilge pump switch failed, and found several new leaks. I haven’t done a long upwind passage since the Indian ocean and taking blue water over the boat exposes leaks pretty quickly. 

  • The Galapagos has been one of the places I’ve wanted to visit most since I started diving at 19 years old. It is the place that 1st put sailing on my radar. Seeing schools of hammerheads, sea lions, turtles, and a huge bait ball on the 1st dive was amazing!  

I get to spend 2 months in this amazing place thanks to the OCC challenge grant and crowd funding. Without these I would not have been able to afford the fees here right after a haul out and Panama canal. This is by far the most expensive leg of my trip and I still have a little money leftover to book a few dive trips. I could not be more grateful for all the support. 

Marine Iguana

Galapagos / Ecuador is the 34th country I’ve sailed to since leaving Hawaii. All that is left is French Polynesia then Hawaii. This adventure has been the toughest and most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life. It is hard to believe how close I am to home. 


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