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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
Work Week Completed - Back at Balboa
Wind N@15kn
16-Feb-2012, Balboa, Panama

We had a beautiful sail today, from Chapera in Las Perlas back to Balboa. Close hauled in 15kn of wind and small seas, with Namani peaking at >7kn through the water :-)

We went to Las Perlas a week ago, figuring that we might as well do the work on the boat there in a nicer setting and it was well worth it. For one, we got a lot done (see picture above: Nicky and Papa in the cockpit locker/engine compartment installing the replacement bilge blower), but we also had a really nice time enjoying some very beautiful anchorages all to ourselves (think Maine coast with dry Panama weather, sandy beaches and lots of Pelicans).

Nicky got to build giant sand castles ...

... kayak with Mami....

... and snorkel with Papi

We also had two movie nights on Namani, with fresh popcorn and all. The picture below shows the popcorn preparation on Namani's stove (thanks Laura!).

08 - In Panama
A beautiful spot all to ourselves
Wind N@10kn
11-Feb-2012, Las Perlas Islands, Panama; anchored south of Isla Viveros

Moved 15 nm south today to Isla Viveros, where we have a beautiful anchorage under starry skies all to ourselves. Shoreline is rocky and wooded - feels a bit like Maine with a tropical climate. Boat work continues: Papi fixing the head, Mami scrubbing growth off the bottom and Nicky supervising it all ;-)

08 - In Panama
Sailing again!
Wind NNE@8-15kn
09-Feb-2012, Las Perlas Islands, Panama; anchored south of Isla Contadora

After having Namani moored at the Balboa Yacht Club for a few weeks now (which included a trip back to Germany), we decided that we may as well do our remaining boat jobs somewhere at anchor. So we slipped our mooring this morning and took off for Las Perlas, an island group about 40 nm SE of Balboa/Panama City. With a forecast for light northerly winds we feared we might be motoring the whole stretch. Against expectations we did have a really nice sail however, close reaching in about 15kn from the NE. We even got to enjoy the company of 10-12 spotted dolphins who played in Namani's bow wave for a while, and we did see a whale breaching. At about 5 pm we dropped the hook in the lee of Isla Contadora, enjoying the increased length of our new anchor chain (we swapped our old 35 meters of 10mm stainless steel against 75 meters of 5/16" galvanized high-test/G4 - Adrian on Attilla got a good deal on the old chain ;-)

It sure felt good to be sailing again and even Namani seemed happy to be under way again. Now we plan to spend 5-6 days in Las Perlas while working the job list. As the saying goes: "Cruising is about fixing your boat in nice places"... If all goes well we will be leaving for the Galapagos by the end of February. Stay tuned...

08 - In Panama

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