Ready for the Canal13-Jan-2012, Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
Eric, our very helpful agent for the Canal transit, dropped off our four "Panama lines" (125 ft each as required by Canal regulations) and 12 tires today (these will serve as sturdy fenders). He also informed us that our "Advisor" (a small craft pilot for the canal transit) would join us at 1730 local time tomorrow (Sat, 14JAN) in the "Flats Anchorage", just outside the Canal entrance. We plan to leave Shelter Bay around 1300h tomorrow and make our way to the Flats to wait for the Advisor there. We should then make our way through the three stages of the Gatun lock which should take us up 26 meters tomorrow night. We will then anchor/moor in Gatun Lake where a new Advisor will join us early on Sunday morning to accompany us on the "way down" through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks. If all goes well, we should reach the Pacific side early afternoon on Sunday. We plan to pick up a mooring at the Balboa Yacht Club there.
Nicky's Page04-Jan-2012, Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
Nicky now has his own section on Namani's homepage. The links on the left of the homepage now include "Nicky's Page". Under this heading you can find a short introduction "about Nicky, by Nicky" and some of Nicky's school work. We'll see what else Nicky will come up with...
Sneak Preview: Addendum...04-Jan-2012, Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
Astarté (Markus went with them through the Canal as a line handler, see "Sneak Preview" post below) has posted a detailed report of their Canal transit and some interesting pictures of the same.
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Namani at Sea Impression