After another terrific day of sailing, much of it between 8 and 9 knots, we're facing the harsh reality that we'll be arriving at Wreck Bay on Isla San Cristobal, our port of entry into the Galapagos, a bit after dark. Since we can't go any faster, the only safe option is to slow down. Waaaaay down. Winds have been remarkably steady at around 10-14 knots. With that, we tried incrementally reducing sail to throttle us back to 4 knots. Now we have up just our little staysail. The main is furled and covered. We're still sailing at 4.5 knots, a bit too fast. Means we'll need to hang out a bit off shore before coming into the harbor at first light. But in the big scheme of things, it's not a bad problem to have. With any luck, it should see us snorkeling in the Galapagos tomorrow afternoon, after all of the "paperwork cha cha" has been finished with the authorities, including, we hear, a fumigation of the boat.
Fish report not too tasty. Nothing on the rods, just one little flying squid on deck this morning (he's now on a hook, trailed as bait).
Hopefully the next post will be from our first destination in the Galapagos, after a terrific passage. Yesterday's run, 141 miles.