DAY 2 – GALAPAGOS TO THE MARQUISES
We have now been at sea for two days and we are just beginning to get into the routine – lots of reading, sleeping and keeping watch.
So far we are going along nicely; although the winds have been light, 8 to 10 knot southerly breeze, we have had at least a one and half knot current running with us. The current and with the wind on the beam we have been scooting along, giving us 200 mile days and at that rate we should be there in 15 days (wishful thinking – there’s still 2500 miles to go!!!).
Our only excitement was yesterday morning we passed a lot of small Ecuadorian fishing boats working from a mother ship. There are usually 3 fishermen in each of the small open boats and they come along side asking for cigarettes and drink. This one boat started shouting at us and wanted to come on board, they started preparing their mooring lines – a few gestures from me to go away they decided to back off.
It wasn’t until 10 minutes later we noticed that we were dragging something behind us in the water. We pulled the sails down to stop the boat only to find a load of fishing line wrapped around our keel. Only then I realised why the fishermen were going hysterical. We caught one of their lines.
After donning the snorkel gear I soon had the line removed from the boat and we were on our way. A few minutes later another fishing boat came along side to retrieve his gear. Naturally enough he wasn’t very impressed.