Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Living With Sea Lions
We are now anchored in San Cristobal, Galapagos and there have to be 200+ sea lions in the harbor - there must be huge fish reserves here to support them. It is a hoot to watch the attempts by catamarans and those with sugar scoop transoms to keep them away. Most of these involve a row of fenders with a variety of lines in a spider web. The little sea lions can fit anywhere and they seem to enjoy sleeping under a couple of fenders (perhaps it feels like mom). Friends with a cat had three of them on the cockpit seats in spite of their best efforts. Best way to get rid of them seems to be to toss a bucket of water on them.
BTW, we sailed here from Bahia, Ecuador in 4 1/2 days. Never saw more than 12 knots and rarely had 10. We did not have to motor much until the last day when the wind totally disappeared. I understand the concept of Doldrums a lot better now.
We will likely get another 150 miles of calm stuff when we leave here o the way to Easter Island.
Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).