"Whereas by our Royal Consension, Our Trusty, Well Beloved Adam Kerner and Cynthia Brennan have this day entered Our Domain. We do hereby declare to all whom it may concern that it is Our Royal Will and Pleasure to confer upon them the Freedom of the Seas without undue ceremony. Should either of them fall overboard, We do command that all Sharks, Dolphins, Whales, Mermaids and other dwellers in the Deep are to abstain from maltreating their persons. And we further direct all Sailors, Adventurers, and other General Reprobates who have not crossed Our Royal domain, to treat them with the respect due to One of Us. Given under Our Hand at Our Court on board the sailing vessel 'Bravo' on the Equator in Longitude 80d37.8' on this 29th day of June in the year 2012.
We downed our rum, King Neptune downed his, and we continued to bash our way through the night toward Ecuador, arriving on the coast at dawn. All in all an excellent passage, rough on day/night 1 when we crossed the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone) and the tight beat on day/night 5, delightful in the middle. 'Bravo' performed beautifully, taking a real pounding to weather and pulling through in fine form. Here are a few shots from the voyage.
|Boobie riding on the bow before dark. He stayed sleeping there for hours, until a rude awakening when a squall hit and we had to furl the headsail and change to the staysail. Sorry, buddy!|
|Passing Malpelo Island, about 12 miles away.|
|There's an old saying among fisherfolk...."When you rest, the fish rests..." Here we're both taking a bit of a break!!! Note the regulation fish fighting undies!!!|
|The beautiful sailfish coming to the boat before release.|
|Another squall line ahead.....Damn!!!|
|Squalls all around on radar. Rings are 2 miles apart. True wind speed in the lower left corner, boat speed on the right, as we flew along trying keep all under control.|
|Another squall on the way....|
The entrance to the city of Bahia de Caraquez was an interesting juxtaposition, with Mayan Indians in dugout canoes fishing for shrimp in front of high rise apartment buildings.
|Bravo moored in Ecuador (center of photo)|
Went for a walk around the city today. Bahia de Caraquez, with around 28,000 folks, seems a peaceful typical small city. Not at all touristy, it's clean and friendly and genuine, we liked it right away. We think it will provide us with a great home base for a while.
|Walk along the malecon|
|A family takes their golden retriever to the beach. How else, the scooter!!!|
|Room for one more little guy????|
|"All aboard! Vamanos!!!"|
|Butterfly landed on the sidewalk at our feet.|