Day 3: in the doldrums!03/21/2013
We are currently 3 days out of the Las Perlas Islands, heading south from Panama on our way to the Galapagos. We're making a southern dog-leg to stay in a favourable south-bound current and in the hope of picking up the west-bound arm of the Humboldt current to help us towards the Galapagos Islands, when we turn right towards them in a few days. There are also supposed to be fairer winds a bit further south. No sign of them yet though.
Today's office: Restaurant Romantico, Isla Contadora, Las Perlas Islands, Bay of Panama03/15/2013
Panama update03/07/2013, The Bar
Just re-anchored with more scope and a second anchor, to stay safe in the 30knots-and-forecast-to-rise wind. We are in an anchorage at the end of a little causeway that leads off the Panama City waterfront. Can't see the masses of skyscrapers from here, but this view is towards Panama City..
We're in the Pacific!!!!03/02/2013
We made it through the canal with many, many laughs with our friends off More Joy, Ean and Jane - and, weirdly, no incidents! Not even a teeny weeny scrape, grounding or bump. Of course that's all down to the team: I just held the wheel and did what the pilot told me I had to (which was very little, so not enough chances to cause an incident). Meanwhile, Cath, Jane, Ean and our professional line handler Eric, did all the work catching the heaving lines tossed to them from the top of the locks and then manhandled the 50m lengths of 7/8ths inch polypropylene ropes which kept us safely centred in the massive chambers. We shared the first flight of locks in the dark yesterday evening with a huge tanker, then picked up a buoy in the Gatun Lake for the night, then came down the last 2 flights of locks into the Pacific this morning. Still hard to believe we've actually done it - but the photos seem to prove it!
As I said, everything went without a hitch03/02/2013
The gates of the lock into the Pacific were just opening as this was taken. No crashes, no arguments and laugh after laugh after laugh!
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