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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
Under way again
Wind N@15-20kn
01-Mar-2012, Under way to Galapagos

Weighed anchor at 0845 this morning and started our sail to the Galapagos. After a few hours of light westerly winds a steady breeze from the north settled in and we had a great afternoon, sailing under Parasailor and Hydrovane. Had a big school of spotted dolphins play with us before sunset. Switched back to genoa for the night and are now sailing under stary skies, with the Big Dipper behind us and the Souther Cros ahead of us. Seas a bit confused as we pass the edge of the Continental Shelf, but nothing big. Nicky is asleep in the cockpit, all is well aboard.

09 - Pacific Crossing
Second night out...
Wind NE@15kn
01-Mar-2012, Under way to Galapagos

..again under stary clear skies. Had a nice relaxed sailing day with good progress and some help from the current. The Pilot Charts for March show a large circular clockwise setting current in the basin formed by Panama and Columbia, and it seems we're riding the south setting portion of it (by luck rather than by design...). 671 nm to go to the Galapgos. All is well aboard, stay tuned...

PS: Picture above shows Markus earlier today, trying to "unfreeze" the ends of our spinnaker pole.

09 - Pacific Crossing
Ready to go
28-Feb-2012, Las Perlas Islands, Panama; anchored off Chapera

Anchored off Chapera in Las Perlas and planning to leave for the Galapagos tommorwo morning. Came here yesterday from Balboa to get the last preparation activities done (cleaning hull and prop again, swapping our genoa for the bigger one, ...). Cleaning the hull turned into a bigger challenge than expected as there are quite a few stingy jelly fish around. Nana had to dig out the long underwear to get full body protection in the water... Our friend Bill arrived on Saturday and will be joining us again for this leg. We hope to arrive in the Galapagos by 10MAR, wind permitting. All is well aboard, stay tuned.

PS: Picture above shows one of the many Pelicans around us here

09 - Pacific Crossing

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