20 June 2021 | 08 55.038'S:140 05.994'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
19 June 2021 | 08 45.420'S:137 17.565'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
18 June 2021 | 08 25.251'S:134 33.143'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
17 June 2021 | 08 04.645'S:132 02.891'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
16 June 2021 | 07 47.405'S:129 37.340'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
15 June 2021 | 07 28.231'S:127 29.795'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
14 June 2021 | 07 07.255'S:125 27.880'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
13 June 2021 | 06 35.497'S:123 01.496'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
12 June 2021 | 06 10.013'S:122 20.620'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
11 June 2021 | 05 46.278'S:117 38.692'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
10 June 2021 | 05 18.830'S:114 55.667'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
09 June 2021 | 04 53.353'S:111 51.748'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
08 June 2021 | 04 37.682'S:109 05.337'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
07 June 2021 | 04 20.016'S:106 33.433'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
06 June 2021 | 03 49.728'S:104 21.936'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
05 June 2021 | 03 12.953'S:102 05.669'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
04 June 2021 | 02 38.543'S:99 39.600'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
03 June 2021 | 01 41.208'S:97 38.443'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
02 June 2021 | 00 46.495'S:95 51.030'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
01 June 2021 | 00 03.779'N:94 05.962'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva

On the mooring at Balboa Yacht Club

03 May 2021 | 08 56.256'N:79 33.418'W, Balboa Yacht Club, Balboa, Panama City
2nd May

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.
Vessel Name: Opal of Queensland
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 52AC
Hailing Port: Bundaberg
Crew: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
About: Motley mostly, especially the cat
Opal of Queensland's Photos - Main
33 Photos
Created 13 May 2021
49 Photos
Created 3 May 2021
59 Photos
Created 9 April 2021
34 Photos
Created 5 April 2021
9 Photos
Created 5 April 2021
68 Photos
Created 4 April 2021
21 Photos
Created 12 March 2021
26 Photos
Created 27 February 2021
plenty of broken bits and things to fix in Colombia
44 Photos
Created 25 February 2021
25 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
27 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
29 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
36 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
20 Photos
Created 13 February 2021
13 Photos
Created 5 December 2020
Wind indicator replacement
12 Photos
Created 24 November 2020
15 Photos
Created 3 November 2020
leaving Port Louis marina, travelling to Spice Island Marine yard and hauling out to do the anti fouling
60 Photos
Created 3 November 2020
10 Photos
Created 29 July 2020
20 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 5 July 2020
28 Photos
Created 26 June 2020
62 Photos
Created 20 June 2020
10 Photos
Created 4 June 2020
155 Photos
Created 4 December 2019
104 Photos
Created 4 December 2019
55 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 1 November 2019
The life and antics of Miss Priss aboard Opal
27 Photos
Created 1 November 2019

Who: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
Port: Bundaberg