Sunday, December 31, 2017

La Paz to Galapagos: Day 21

So today on Sea Rover we had a few exciting moments. Most importantly we crossed the equator. There is a ritual for sailors where by they transform from Polywogs to Shellbacks. It usually involves standing up in a court made up of Shellbacks, confessing your crimes against Neptune and facing the punishment doled out by the court. Luckily for all on Sea Rover there were no Shellbacks in the court so sentences were surprisingly light. We all faced our punishment, swam in Neptune's bounty to wash away our sins and then drank 100 year old Madera smuggled on board by Denis and Rosario despite my edict of a dry boat.
We also received an email from our Agent who suggested that if we could make port by 2pm tomorrow we would be able to check in despite originally being told that arriving on the 1st (a holiday) would make things difficult. Spirits soared and new energy came out of the crew and captain who are currently doing everything possible to keep the boat moving at best possible speed.
2017 will close out as a very memorable one with a guarantee of many more exciting moments in the coming months.
Happy New Year Everyone!
I wish you could all be here with me, but trust me... You dont want that. After 21 days we and the boat smell.
45 NM to go till the fun takes a break.

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