We’ve completed our approximately 890 mile passage between Las Perlas Islands, Panama, and Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, crossing the Equator on our way. Many people think the equator is an imaginary line that wraps the belly of the earth and separates the northern hemisphere from the southern. Of course, many people think that NASA faked the Moon landings. Others think the equator is a raised bump, a little like a speed bump, that wraps the waters of the earth. They are all wrong. It is actually a small dip in the waters, as you can see in this photo. The dip is small enough that you hardly notice it when you sail over it.
I know this photo is a little racy for this family blog, but I wanted to show how important it was to prepare properly for the Equator Crossing ceremony. Here I am showering in the cockpit for the occasion. Plus, Chris likes to memorialize the rare times that I shower.
Here’s our GPS position readout at N00* 00.750 – pretty darn close to the 00* 00.0, i.e. the Equator.
We’re now trying to devise ways to limit their entry into the cockpit and later on today we plan to go into the small town and look in the stores for some Seal-Be-Gone spray for the cockpit.