Hello there, It is a few years since we sailed down to Easter Is. from the Galapagos
Is, but somethings don't change. We left about the same time of year and had a great romping sail ,hard on the wind
. I think we took 16 days in our heavy Herreshoff ketch
, very wet going.
I felt that it was getting a little late in the year for that trip. We were starting to see the diminishing trades and the start of fall weather
coming up from the south. We made our landfall at Hanga Roa and were well treated by the authorities. We spent about two weeks there, and managed to get ashore everyday. It is a place to be very vigilant! We were blown out of anchorages
twice with squalls coming in rapidly and the heavy swells building quickly. To give you an idea, off Hanga Roa , we were burying our bowsprit
before getting all the anchors aboard and getting out of there. One thing is that it is a short distance around the island to find a lee. For example, if blown out of Hanga Roa, try Vinapu off the airport
, or Anakeena, which is a beautiful place to anchor
. Some smaller boats have been able to get into the harbor of Hanga Pica, but at 53' overall we were too big. Lots of surge rolling in there anyways.
We were very pleased to find the excellent provisioning
available. The islanders don't seem to lack for anything.
Anyways, we were hoping to get to southern Chile
but realized we were too late in the year, it now being early May, with unstable weather
showing up. We changed the plan, up to French Polynesia
and home to British Columbia
, over the next few months.
As a side note, it is the only place I have ever departed from, that the Port Captain
asked to see that we had charts
for our next destination!