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I first crossed the Atlantic in 1975 aboard 'Stormalong', a 28ft Wharram-designed catamaran. Back in the UK, Pete and I bought an ex 6-metre racing yacht, 'Sheila', living on her for 4 years. Wanting to do more and go further with a boat we could completely trust, we built 'Badger' - the best boat in the world - sailing her 110,000 miles, into the Arctic and the Antarctic, around the Atlantics North and South and into the Baltic. She had junk rig - the only rig I ever want to cruise with. Pete wanted to build again - a 38 ft junk-rigged catamaran, 'China Moon' - which he designed. But before the project was finished, we went our separate ways. A year later I joined Trevor Robertson aboard his 35ft 'Iron Bark'. We explored the Canadian Maritimes, crossed the Atlantic twice, wintered in Greenland and crossed the Pacific to Australia and New Zealand. I fell in love with NZ and jumping ship, bought my own boat while Trevor carried on voyaging. I put a junk rig onto ‘Fantail’ and, having decided that N Island offered better cruising opportunities than S Island, sailed up there in 2012. Looking for a boat to see me out, I am now building a 26ft, wood/epoxy junk in Whangarei.

Monday, 30 April 2007

Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos


There are banks off Villamil, which break in a heavy swell, even at 10 m depths. This can make the approach rather tense. The shallowest section, on the recommended track, has a least depth of 7 or 8 m. However, this are is partially protected by the offshore banks and is unlikely to break except in extreme conditions. The waves lift and peak with a heavy swell, but the passage is smooth in normal conditions.

Steer a course of about 295°T, parallel to the breakers on the banks, keeping in at least 40 m of water, until the first green buoy bears about 345°T. Alter course for the buoy and leave it about 100 m to port. Alter course to pass between the red and green buoys at the entrance to the anchorage: steer about 045°T. The depths are about 7 or 8 m in this area and again, the swell can lift and peak in heavy conditions, but are unlikely to break.


The anchorage is sheltered by islands. Anchor in about 4 m.

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