Little Green Boat

Spruce circled the Pacific between 2013-2019: South Pacific Islands, NZ, Australia, Asia, Japan, Alaska , Canada, USA, Mexico then back to French Polynesia in 2020. The plan is to go on to the Indian Ocean in 2021.

22 October 2021 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
22 October 2021
22 October 2021
22 October 2021
22 October 2021
22 October 2021
30 August 2021 | Balboa YC - Panama
30 August 2021
30 August 2021
30 August 2021
28 August 2021 | Hiva Oa to Panama (Arrived!)
27 August 2021 | Hiva Oa to Panama (Passage)
26 August 2021 | Hiva Oa to Panama (Passage)
25 August 2021 | Hiva Oa to Panama (Passage)
24 August 2021 | Hiva Oa to Panama (Passage)
23 August 2021 | Hiva Oa to Panama (Passage)
22 August 2021 | Hiva Oa to Panama (Passage)
21 August 2021 | Hiva Oa to Panama (Passage)
20 August 2021 | Hiva Oa to Panama (Passage)
19 August 2021 | Hiva Oa to Panama (Passage)

Back in Central America

22 October 2021 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
Sue & Andy Warman
All went to plan. The canal transit did indeed go ahead on the Wednesday only four days after arriving in Balboa, Panama, from French Polynesia. Here a photo of us in the Pedro Miguel Lock. Our start to the day was at 4am, then of course the inevitable delay awaiting arrival of our canal advisor. Finally we got into the first Miraflores lock at around 8am. After the Pedro Miguel Lock was the journey through the infamous Culebra cut, where so many workers lost their lives, and on across the flooded lake held back by the dam at Gatun.

22 October 2021
Sue & Andy Warman
Our route took us through the original series of locks first opened in 1914. Recently a new larger set of locks have come into operation to service more of the the enormous vessels plying the world's trade routes. Some 40 ships per day pass through, they are charged based upon tonnage of cargo or passenger numbers for cruise ships. The Panamanian treasury gains a net profit of some $800 million dollars per annum. This photo shows a ship being assisted into the new larger Gatun Locks by a gaggle of tugs.

22 October 2021
Sue & Andy Warman
Once into Shelter Bay Marina on the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal, the blue skies of our transit day gave way to the type of weather we remember from 2012. Rain and more rain fell incessantly. Warm rain. However, thus far, in spite of periods of heavy rain, nothing like the torrential downpours of 2012 have arrived yet. One day during that year we suffered 300mm rain in one day. Yes, a foot of rain. November is typically the wettest month. Combating mould below decks and green growth on deck and awnings feels like an endless task.

22 October 2021
Sue & Andy Warman
A short walk into the nearby forest brings rewards of sighting creatures. Colourful Toucans clumsily fly between seeds and berries hanging in trees. Delicate movement of the ungainly beak daintily plucks an individual fruit from a clump.

22 October 2021
Sue & Andy Warman
Other interesting beasts are these Capucin Monkeys. Be wary of standing directly below for too long. Vigorous shaking of moisture laden branches can make one quite damp, or are those creatures perhaps defecating and urinating on naïve sightseers? Their larger cousins, the Howler Monkeys, also live in this neck of the woods. The threat of rain is typically greeted by their anguished howling “Oh No! Not more rain!” Other mammals at ground level are numerous Coati, rather like a long tailed racoon, and sometimes an Agouti , this one with almost no tail.

22 October 2021
Sue & Andy Warman
Since we were here last, a “Palapa” (Open sided Shelter) has been constructed beneath which yotties can gather for a BBQ or other social occasions. The level of biting insects that appear after dusk has caused the Sunday evening BBQ to be brought earlier and metamorphosed into a late morning “Brunch”. Although this makes doing Sunday boat jobs more difficult, in some ways it is pleasant to have an established slack day routine. The event is much more relaxed than the evening version and often runs on for around three hours.
Most of our more major boat tasks have been accomplished. A few lesser jobs remain and these will be undertaken before the end of November. The present plan is to depart on 1st December, after the Carribean Hurricane Season, and sail northeast to Cuba. A couple months will be spent there, and maybe also in the Dominican Republic, before going on to The Bahamas for three months. From The Bahamas we aim to set off across the Atlantic for the Azores in late April.
Vessel Name: Spruce
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 - Enderlein Design
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, UK
Crew: Sue & Andy
About: Sue is an artist, plays the flute and guitar. Andy enjoys technical challenges. Both are working hard, harder than last time, at learning French while in French Polynesia again.
Extra:
During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. 2015-18 brought us from Asia to Washington State via the North Pacific Rim. In 2019 we cruised BC and then south to Mexico. In 2020 we headed back out into the Pacific with a 3,200M passage to Les Gambiers in [...]
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This was taken on our way back to the UK in SA, looking forward to our return trip there in a few weeks
Andy in Transit:-)
 
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