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Passage Video: Panama to the Galapagos Islands

 In April 1999, we completed our transit of the Panama Canal and set sail across the Pacific Ocean.  First stop, after a week's passage, was the Galapagos Islands.  We had light winds on the nose almost the entire way, with some thunderstorm activity in the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone.  The 800-mile passage ended up requiring about 1100 miles of tacking to complete.

During the passage, we spotted many small brown-spotted dolphins and two seabirds floating on a piece of driftwood.  At the time, I thought the birds might be stranded, but I now know that they were merely resting on a multi-day fishing expedition.  A red-footed booby (joined later by many companions) hitched a ride on our bow railing.

Arriving in the Galapagos Islands, we spent a couple of weeks eco-touring before continuing our Pacific passage another 3300 miles (just over 16 days) to French Polynesia.

 

Click on the photograph to start the video clip.

 

bulletRunning time: 5 minutes 55 seconds
bulletFile size: 9.6Mb
bulletMedia:  Windows Media Player
bulletDownload Time: Streaming, about 30 seconds of initial buffering

 

The retro music is from Earl Klugh's 1979 album "Heart Strings."
 

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