On the mooring at Balboa Yacht Club
03 May 2021 | 08 56.256'N:79 33.418'W, Balboa Yacht Club, Balboa, Panama City
08 56.256 N
79 33.418 W
Weather; hot and humid with rain showers, wind n/a, waves n/a
So here we are in the Pacific Ocean on the downward slide towards home, even though the biggest part of our journey is still ahead of us.
We managed a reasonable night sleep but both woke up feeling a bit beaten up, I think that's the result of having the extra bodies in our space but we couldn't have done it without them. On reflection it was a great transit from my point of view as this time around I got to go out on deck and see what was happening when we were in the locks which I didn't really get to see the first time we did it as I was the helmsman. Gerry missed out this time around but I think it was fair and just! We were lucky to have great advisers and line handlers, even if Gerry says that they all deserve university degrees in sleeping, I certainly wouldn't have wanted the line handlers that were on one of the boats that we were rafted up with - they really didn't have a clue what to do or when to do it so it was a good job that the adviser on that boat was on the ball. We didn't feel up to doing very much today but our agent wanted to meet us on the dock at 8.30 am to return our US$900 deposit and we weren't going to let that one slide by! Gerry got dressed and headed into the dock on the water taxi (it's the only way you can get ashore here and is free if you are on a yacht club mooring). I expected him to be gone for a while as I thought he might be chasing up an internet connection at the same time so I settled down to typing up the blog that I posted yesterday. It was only a matter of a few sentences in when Gerry reappeared, apparently our agent was waiting on the dock for him he handed Gerry the deposit back and had a brief conversation, Gerry didn't even get off the taxi - so no internet as yet, and he was back on board and looking for the next job to do. I continued to type away for most of the day as I was making mistake after mistake but didn't want to leave it any longer before posting a blog as I would have forgotten half of what happened. Gerry did an oil filter change on the main engine, it wasn't quite the number of hours up on the engine but was so close that it didn't make any difference and it was better to do it now before we head off any further. With that out of the way there was little else to be done for the rest of the day apart from tidy stuff away and return things to their normal homes after having been re housed to accommodate the extra bodies. As an after-thought Gerry taped up our scuppers to direct any rain water into our water tanks, which was a good thing as it rained early in the evening and again during the night, anything to prevent us having to make or buy more water!. Gerry spent the afternoon trying to get my new android phone to upload the blog to the site using a different method to that which we normally use. It was a bit more complicated and took a bit of fiddling around to achieve and in case you are wondering why he wanted to do it the answer is that we have been using the satellite phone to upload when we haven't got internet but as I have a new phone with unlimited data (apparently) he wanted to use up as much of the data as possible before we leave Panama rather than loose it. We did manage to get the blog uploaded but the biggest problem with it all is that all of our photos are on an external hard drive that I can't plug into the phone and add the photos to the blog site so I need to do it separately when I have internet - I'm pretty sure that will happen tomorrow as soon as Gerry goes to check us in to the Yacht Club office, so you'll just have to be patient and wait for me on that score. By early evening we were flagging badly and it was a case of finishing up the left over lasagna (just two small pieces) and a bowl of watermelon before another early night. Maybe tomorrow we will feel a bit more human and ready to face the world at large.