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.
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!