Reading and learning is good and too much of it sometimes lead to discovering great ideas that you never thought possible! In other words, we are going to upgrade our humble and sweet Lagoon in a way *V* has been dreaming of for a while…
So : “What is it?”
Well, let me tell you : We are now proud owner of a ———-.
Oups! Sorry we can’t say it or people will shake their head in disbelief. But from here, we can hear, Livia telling Carol “Oh! Carol Come check this out: he’s got something new installed silly him!”
Some will think : “That’s completely over the top”
Others (that I will not name) will want the same, and get into trouble in the process.
So to save the hassle everyone, only people crossing our path and visiting us will know.
But let me tell you this : it will simplify one aspect of our life aboard and save some aggravation in years to come. I did it, it’s crazy, now wait until you see. The most frustrating aspect is that I will not be able to talk about the installation here, nor share photos with you all.
With that in mind, cruising season is coming to an end and along with it arrive the upgrade one! Our “to do” list is back on the front burner and the expense will start climbing again. _ A Side note _ By the way don’t even try to find the mysterious object on it, it was never part of the plan, I told you “way over the top!”
So the focus for this month will be the SSB and Epirb. The search is on Icom M802 and Kannad are in firing range, let’s see what deal we can get.
Island project will drive us to 222nd Island for today. Why don’t we discover Isla Salas y Gómez, also known as Isla Sala y Gómez, is a small uninhabited Chilean island in the Pacific Ocean. It is the easternmost point in the Polynesian Triangle. Administratively, it is part of the Easter Island Commune in the Easter Island Province of the Valparaíso Region.
Isla Sal although there is no evidence that the island has ever been permanently inhabited, Easter Islanders were certainly aware of its existence, as indicated by the pre-European name of the island. Tradition says that the island was occasionally visited to collect fledglings and eggs. The island was said to have been difficult to land upon, because the gods Make-make and Huau protected the seabirds from those who ate their eggs and offspring. Because of these historical connections to Easter Island, Salas y Gómez can be considered part of Polynesia; if so its location makes it the easternmost landmass of Polynesia. The title is usually awarded to Easter Island, 415 km further west.
The first European to sight the island was José Salas Valdés, a Spanish sailor, on 23 August 1793. Between then and 1917, visits are recorded in at least 1805, 1806, 1817, 1825, 1875, and 1917.
On October 6, 2010, President Sebastián Piñera announced the creation of the Parque Marino Sala y Gómez, a Marine Protected Area encompassing a total surface area of 150.000 km2.
The Rapa Nui name for the island is Motu Motiro Hiva or Manu Motu Motiro Hiva, meaning (Bird’s) Islet on the way to Hiva. Hiva is part of the names of several Polynesian islands, particularly in the Marquesas Islands. In the Rapa Nui language, however, it means “far off lands” and is the name for the mythical original homeland of the Polynesians. From Easter Island, Salas y Gómez is almost the opposite direction to the Marquesas, and the next inhabited territory “behind” Salas y Gómez would be the coast of South America. This was one of the factors that led Thor Heyerdahl to theorize that there was pre-European contact between Polynesia and South America.
The current name, Salas y Gómez, is derived from the name of Spaniards José Salas Valdés and José Manuel Gómez, who made the first detailed description of the island, following a visit beginning 18 October 1805. The island is sometimes also referred to as Isla Sala y Gómez, with “Sala” being a misspelling of Salas.
Salas y Gómez was claimed by Chile in 1808, and from 1888, was administered by the Chilean Navy. Beginning 1 March 1966, the island was included in the department of Isla de Pascua. On 25 July 1974, the department was reorganized as the Easter Island Province.