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

Sex wax and revisiting TGI Friday

06 May 2021 | 08 56.256'N:79 33.418'W, Balboa Yacht Club, Balboa, Panama City
5th May

08 56.256 N
79 33.418 W

Weather; hot and humid, wind n/a, waves n/a


I can almost take bets that today's photo has you ready for some salacious reading, so now that I have your attention I can tell you quite truthfully that you are going to be sorely disappointed but read on and find out for yourselves.
We have almost come to a standstill as far as fixing things on the boat is concerned, as we aren't moving nothing is breaking down or going belly-up which is good for the moment but we know that it's only a passage away from the next thing to need fixing so we aren't resting on our laurels and hoping for the best.
Gerry took off into the dock first thing today with water container in hand as we are entitled to free water as part of our yacht club mooring fee. We only have a 5 gallon water container so it's going to take a few trips to make sure that we are pretty well topped off before we leave here. As you know Gerry has taped our scuppers to direct any rain water into the tank as well but of course as soon as he did this the rain vanished into the distance and hasn't reappeared since, and in case you are wondering we aren't running the water maker here in the mooring field as the water quality where a heap of boats are moored has to be suspect to begin with at best and we really don't need to chance getting sick from making R/O water from it.
To keep himself amused Gerry rotated the dingy slightly in the davits as it had a bit of a lean on and had a bucket load of grotty green water in it which has been sitting in the bottom since we left Colombia and needed to be drained out. For the remainder of the day he was filling out forms and sending off to French Polynesia for the exemption to enter the islands and spend a bit of time there. We are hoping for a positive answer in the next couple of days which will set us up for the planning of our departures from both Panama and then Ecuador with the next stop being in French Polynesia. We understand from the Kamikaze site that French Polynesia has eased its restrictions a little and we should be granted the exemption as we have a planned exit, this being that we are on our way home to Australia and not just itinerant sailors. Whilst he was at it he has also contacted Fiji with a similar request, this one should be a whole lot easier to be granted as Fiji has kept its borders open to yachts to date but there is the threat of Indians returning home to Fiji from India and spreading the variant of Covid that is currently devastating India which may make Fiji revise their policy on border entry - it's a guessing game at this point in time.
So now the sex wax story, Gerry had been annoyed by one of our galley cupboard doors squeaking and got out the sex wax, yes it is a real product - used to wax surf boards but in this case it was to fix the squeak on the door - and just when you were getting comfortable to read about a porn moment, what a let-down for all you pervs out there, ha ha! Our afternoon was spent doing nothing of note apart from confirming that there were no light leaks behind the eyelids. We had decided that it was time to go ashore and hit up TGI Fridays for dinner so we hailed the water taxi with some trepidation and got dropped off at the dock. TGI Fridays is just a few yards walk from the dock and we made it there in record time, it was just as Gerry remembered it but to be honest my memory of it is very sketchy - it obviously didn't make a great impression on me back in 2007! The place was relatively empty and we had a choice of places to sit. The menu seemed to be somewhat reduced from the usual TGI Friday menu that I recall from the States but we managed to find something that we wanted to eat along with the usual beverages. As per our usual eating out habit we ate and left quite quickly, making our way back to the dock and getting the water taxi to take us back out to our boat where we watched some TV before retiring. Not a very exciting day but who needs excitement at our age anyway!
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