Day 571 [April 26/10] -- Another day and a half to Puerto Ayora

Today's Report
April 26/10 0800 JST / 1700 local

01°14'S, 92°40'W (South Pacific Ocean, toward the Galápagos)

Another day of weak winds and mostly motoring to erase another 118 nm off the route back. It appears he should be in Puerto Ayora by Tuesday. At 1700 local time he was 150 nm west of the port on Santa Cruz Island.

Veronica Katada spoke again with weekend port staff who told her the following:
  • Yachts need to anchor
  • Bottom of the anchorage area is rock
  • Supply of fuel is done through plastic containers
It was believed that there are tenders (small row boats) available, and we were asked to call back during work hours on Monday. Saito-san does not have a tender but it is expected that other cruisers will be able to assist him getting to shore and back, and ferrying service can probably be hired as well.

Distance to Puerto Ayora: 150 nm
Heading: 094
Reported boat speed: 5.5 kts (motoring)
Average boat speed. 4.9 kts
Weather: Clear
Temperature: 27.0° C
Barometer: 1007 hPa (steady)
Wind (from): 6-8 kts, SSE expected to be 8 kts S for much of next 19 hours
Current (from): E at 1.0 - 1.5 kt (unfavorable)
Engine rpms: 18.5 hrs, 1800 rpm
Generator: 3.5 hrs
Sails: Genoa 100%, staysail 0%, mainsail 1-pt reef

Position Map (click to enlarge)