Five Islands

Who: Ralph & Karen
Port: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
13 May 2011 | Calgary, Canada
29 March 2011 | Cusco, Peru
16 March 2011 | La Paz, Bolivia
14 March 2011 | Puno, Peru
10 March 2011 | Ariquipa, Peru
07 March 2011 | Nazca Peru
01 March 2011 | Lima Peru
23 February 2011 | Panamarina, Panama
19 February 2011 | Miradup, San Blas, Panama
16 February 2011 | Miradup, San Blas, Panama
13 February 2011 | Rio Sidra & Canbombia, San Blas, Panama
11 February 2011 | Salardup, San Blas, Panama
08 February 2011 | Nargana, San Blas, Panama
04 February 2011 | Nargana, San Blas, Panama
02 February 2011 | Hot tub, Holandes Islands, San Blas, Panama
01 February 2011 | Robeson Islands, San Blas, Panama
01 February 2011 | Robeson Islands, San Blas, Panama
30 January 2011 | Salardup, San Blas, Panama
30 January 2011 | Salardup, San Blas, Panama
28 January 2011 | Salardup, San Blas, Panama

The best for last

23 February 2011 | Panamarina, Panama
Ralph
Its been a while since my last update. We left the San Blas on Feb 19 and stopped at Isla Grande. We had stopped there on our way to the San Blas last fall and we thought it looked kind of cool, so we wanted to check it out. The place did not meet our expectations. It is a tourist place where panamanians come for the weekend and we found that gringos were not overly welcome. Service was terrible and most of the locals not very friendly. I talked to our friends on Desdemona who were anchored at Portobelo, about 8 miles further west and Ana suggested we come on over. The problem was that we would be going by Panamarina and coming back would mean a trip against the wind and waves. But it was also James's birthday from Salange and they were having a party the next night, so we decided to go for it. Good move! We had a blast. We got a bunch of pizza's and went over to Captain Jacks for James's party. We were planning leaving the next day, but did not get away early enough and the wind started to pick up, so we stayed another night. Karen thought it would be a good idea to have everyone over to Five Islands for a farewell party and OMG what a party it was. Gerard from Saltwhistle had also arrived so we had a boat full. Gerard brought his guitar and entertained us for the evening. Ana and Jeff brought over a bottle of champagne that they have been saving for a special occasion. WHAT AN AWESOME EVENING. This last year of cruising has been our best year and a lot of that is due to the great people we met like Salange, Desdemona, Saltwhistle and of course our great friends on Better Days. This was by far our latest evening since cruising. The last person left at 3:45am!

Yesterday the 7 mile trip over to Panamarina was not all that bad and only took 2 1/2 hours. I only put up the main sail as I did not want to go to fast and pound harder into the waves. We are quite impressed with the place here and Jean-Paul and Sylvi are very nice. They are french and run a restaurant here so I can't wait to try some of the good french food! We are leaving for Panama City on Saturday and then leave for Peru on Monday. We are getting real excited about the new adventure. We got another email from Karen's sister and we are so glad that they really enjoyed their trip. It was great having them.
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Vessel Name: Five Islands
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 37' TPI
Hailing Port: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Crew: Ralph & Karen
About: Married 26 years and looking for new adventures to share. Wanting to learn more about the world and about ourselves.
Extra: Five Islands is named after a small island located in the Winnipeg River where many memories were made. We view our boat as the opportunity see amazing places that will create quality memories like the ones made at Five Islands.
Five Islands's Photos - Bahamas - Part 1 (Main)
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A banana tree in Black Point
A collection of driftwood uniquely arranged and titled
The local school in Black Point
A boat under construction in Black Point
Staniel Cay
Not sure if you can see how this rock is undercut at the waters edge.  It looks pretty cool.
Monohull stuck on a reef with a couple of small boats trying to get him off
Cruisers enjoying the BBQ at the beach
Local kids playing on the beach
Random Walk at Compass Cay.  Notice the dark clouds approaching.  It went from calm to 30kt winds in a matter of minutes.  When you see the dark distinct line, you know it has some bite to it.
Sharks at the Compass Cay Marina.  They hang around looking for handouts and when the fisherman clean their catch, they get the scraps
Nurse Sharks at Compass Cay
More Nurse Sharks
The view from our boat at Staniel Cay
Pigs on the beach looking for a handout
Bacon & Eggs on our front porch
Big pig coming to eat our handouts
Beautiful flowering tree in Staniel Cay
Karen
Derrick
the dingy looks like it
Random Walk
clouds are coming
waited a little too long for the bus
Ralph and Derrick in deep conversation
"The pups" on Random Walk
Beach on Highborne Cay
The sand was so fine!
Feeding the Ramoras under our boat
Ramoras
Check out the cool thing on the top of their head
Chris on the beach at Highborne
Our first day at the beach
Chris & Derrick chillin
Cool refections in the calm water as we crossed from Nassau to the Exumas
Lounging around
Huge sailboat at the marina
New Years Eve
Peeling shrimp for dinner
Soaking up the sun
The Daughter
Son in the sunshine
Human sculpture
Waking up
The beach across the road from the marina in Ft Lauderdale
Juno beach in West Palm Beach
Getting ready to leave Lake Worth
Taking a break at African Lion Safari
Disney cruise ship parked behind us
Here is the GPS track of our run down south.  Where the track starts curving towards land was when the wind was shifting and then you can see where we jibed the sail
Neighbors in the Cape Marina
The odometer from the chartplotter.  The max speed is not right, but we did cover 202 mles in 31 hours
I was wiped out.  I had only slep 45 minutes!
Coming into Cape Canaveral
Figuring out where we are going to stop
Sailing along
Some if the waves on Saturday morning. They were much bigger during the night
Another wave coming to carry us forward
Check out the color of the water
The moon rising in the east.
The sun setting in the west
A large freighter that passed behind us.  That AIS system works great.
Karen in her fancy new foul weather gear
Getting ready for the new arch - that has not yet arrived
Preparing the anchor light
Ralph - up the mast for the first time
Ralph trying to make repairs to the anchor light and wind sensor.
Cutting up some rib steaks.
The meat fairy made a visit
Its a looooong way up!
A picture of a beach on Jekyll Island.
A shrimp boat in action
Ralph diriving his boat for the first time.
Cleaning up the mess from the leaking tank
The shiny new tank installed
 
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Various pictures of our travels in Panama
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Our trip through the canal as Line handlers
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Photos of Five Islands adventures and they people we are meeting
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Five Islands

Who: Ralph & Karen
Port: Calgary, Alberta, Canada