|5th March 2001
Galapagos to Easter Island 12°55' South 097° 48 West
The breeze has now filled a little and the ship is able to sail on a port tack
making 6 to 6.5 knots steering so'west.
Here is the latest
chart position plot:
2nd March - King Neptune's Domain
Having sailed from Baltra in the Galapagos on 26th Feb pm Soren Larsen is sailing
slowly south towards Easter Island. On 1st
March the ship was visted by the court of King Neptune ... Having sailed across the
Equator just prior to arriving at the Galapagos the ship's compliment had formally entered
his domain and this was now their time of reconing. Those that had never
Crossed the Line before were Polywogs who had to suffer the traditional indignities of
Neptune's punishments to become Shellbacks and true sailors of the ocean. The ensuing
formalities were messy and hilarious...
Soren Larsen is working her way south in light breezes.
Permanent crewman Nick on Santa Cruz, fails to teach a old tortoise new tricks:
Voyage Crew Pieter Mol - has been keeping a diary - here is his account of a day
at sea - watching helicopters crash...
Live aboard more or less is starting to become a sort of routine, so
it seems like each day there is less to report for this diary. Fortunately, some
unexpected things happen, like yesterday just after 2 PM: we saw a fairly large fishing
boat coming our way, which turned out to be a tuna boat. Boats of this type on the Pacific
are large, exceptionally well maintained and equipped with all comforts someone could ask
for, since they are out at sea for a much as six months in a row. The most remarkable
feature of these ships is, that they carry helicopters, which are used for spotting
schools of tuna. In the old day, tuna was spotted indirectly by looking for large groups
of dolphins from a watchtower. Anyway, while this tuna boat was in our sight, the
helicopter took to the sky, only to crash into the ocean moments later right in front of
the eyes of some people on our ship. So we and the tuna boat immediately headed for the
crashed pilots in order to rescue them. After having contacted the tuna boat by radio, it
turned out that both pilots were rescued and unharmed, and our offer to send over a doctor
was kindly declined.
Meanwhile, our ship was still going by the engine headed South to the
Galapagos Archipelago. Later that afternoon the wind increased a little, but not enough to
sail by sails alone. This became possible during our night watch, so we set all sails.
Unfortunately we were now sailing West, because any more was not possible at that moment.
In nautical terms, this is called going "Full and By".
After our watch I slept well for the first
time in days on deck, and woke up under a nice morning sun that had truned the inside of
my sleeping bag into a sauna. So I decided to carry on sleeping in our cabin.
We used this afternoon's watch to
systematically study and memorize the names and locations of some of the sails and ropes.
Verbal instructions so far didn't produce the desired results.
Tonight we'll be having another typically
English occasion: we will dress for dinners as "famous couples". Many things on
this ship are done the English way: tea time, dinners, contests, you name it. Time to
finish my diary entry for today, I got to go look for a nice outfit to wear tonight (with
this heat)... "
Crew Memory Module:
Paul Huisking reflects on his
Ocean Passage last year.
Voyage Crew Memories
Ian Marshall's Atlantic Crossing
Voy 142, Dec 2000
See pictures of the Curacao - Panama voyage at Voyage Crew Bob
Lewis' own webpage at http://www.nythfa.freeserve.co.uk/soren/sorenlarsen.html
See pics from John Homes and Alan Murphy of the
Mate Sally Anderson sends us her WebLog report.
Cocos island, 12th Feb
The ship arrived Cocos island which is about 600 miles of the Panamanian coast.
This is tiny outpost of Costa Rica. They anchored around midnight on the 11th and stayed
until late afternoon on the 12th. They now have light airs and are motorsailing towards
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