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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
Namani caught on film in the Canal!
17-Jan-2012, Balboa Yacht Club, Panama

The picture above shows Namani in the Miraflores as captured by the Canal webcam (thanks Paul for the screenshot!). If you look carefully you can even see the "Wimpelkette" running from the top of the mast to the end of the boom!

The picture was taken on Sunday on our way "down" to the Pacific. On Saturday we transited with two other verssels up to Gatun Lake: "Clipper Mercury", a 600 ft cargo ship, and "Share-E", 70ft sport fisher we tied up to. The image below shows the page from the official southbound canal transit schedule for 14JAN with these three boats (click on the image to enlarge).

Nicky has actually gone through all the schedule pages for last Saturday and charted the 45 vessels the transited southbound on 14JAN by size. No surprise, Namani was the smallest of them all...

08 - In Panama
15-Jan-2012, Moored at the Balboa Yacht Club

A little more thn four years ago we wrote a blog entry "Bye bye Mediterranean, hello Atlantic". Now it's "Bye bye Atlantic, hello Pacific".

At about 1230 local time today we exited the Miraflores Lock and Namani moved into the Pacific! We had an easy transit today, tying up alongside one of the Canal tourist boats in each of the locks, which also made for a quick transit. Thanks very much to our Canal Advisors, Carlos (Saturday, Gatun Locks) and "Astro" (Sunday, Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks) and to our great line-handler crew, Sylvia, Victor and Hobin. Sorry you didn't get the full "monkey fist experience" but you were great crew to have aboard in any case!

Now we will stay here for a few days to run errands in the city and potentially also do another transit on Ann Lucia as line-handlers.

PS: Nana's brother Paul took some screenhots of the Canal webcam, showing Namani in Miraflores Lock. We'll post these when we have internet access again.

08 - In Panama
Halfway through
Wind NN5@10kn, isolated showers
15-Jan-2012, Motoring towards Pedro Miguel Lock

We had a very smooth transit "upwards" through the three stages of the Gatun Lock last night. Carlos, our advisor, boarded right on time at 1730 and we entered the first stage of the lock around 1930 after some waiting in front of the gates. We went through the lock tied alongside a 70ft sport fishing boat from Lousianna. They would tie up to one side of the lock and we would then tie up alongside them, repeating the process for every stage of the lock. Everything worked very smoothly - thanks to our advisor, crew and the helpful hands on the sport fisher. Unfortunately, they (the sport fisher crew) had to watch their football team loose the Super Bowl semi finals against San Francisco during the tthird stage of the lock... We went out into Gatun Lake around 2030, tied up to a mooring, disembarked our advisor to a pilot launch and had nice and relaxed dinner. We spent a short night until "Astro", today's advisor, boarded around 0630 this morning. We're now under way towards the Pedro MIguel Lock, where we are scheduled to go through at 1215 local time today, which should have us go through the Miraflores Lock around 1300 today. Stay tuned....

08 - In Panama

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