Leela Year Five - Heading to the Pacific

02 June 2019 | Vista Mar Marina, Panama
23 May 2019 | Panama City
15 May 2019 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
09 May 2019 | Medellin, Colombia
01 May 2019 | Medellin, Colombia
26 April 2019 | Medellin, Colombia
17 April 2019 | Cusco, Peru
03 April 2019 | Arequipa, Peru
23 March 2019 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
17 March 2019
16 March 2019 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
07 March 2019 | Gatun Lake, Panama
03 March 2019
03 March 2019 | Fort Sherman, Panama
19 February 2019 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
11 February 2019 | Rio Diablo, San Blas
02 February 2019 | Combombier, San Blas, Panama
02 February 2019 | Nargana, Panama
02 February 2019 | Rio Diablo
28 January 2019 | Saladarup, San Blas Islands


10 January 2014
The ride from Fort Lauderdale was brutal but mercifully short. The forecast 21kt gusts turned out to be 35kts with a big stern quartering sea and lots of rain. It was the first time we managed to submerge the cabin port lights on the lee side. Way too exciting. After a three hour thrash we were very happy to sail up Government Cut and into Miami harbor. Still much more satisfying to arrive this way than plodding down the Intercoastal.

We have now been anchored behind Miami Beach for a couple of days, taking in the scene and doing last-minute chores. As befits Miami Beach the ladies managed to rent a red Mustang convertible. They assured us that it was the last car on the lot....... It certainly feels like the right car to cruise South Beach even if we are a bit long in the tooth for that pastime.
We are hoping to head for The Bahamas tomorrow morning - at last - two months to get here was a bit of a shock. We might need to brave the Bermuda run next time.
Vessel Name: Leela
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 38.8
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, NH
Crew: Graham and Janaki
We are a Brit and an Australian now based in the wonderful community of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We have a delightful home there but a couple of years ago we began to feel a bit over-domesticated so we thought we would buy another boat and head south. [...]
Leela, a Bristol 38.8 has turned out to be a wonderful cruising boat for us. Some might find it a little cramped by modern standards but it feels like just the right balance of living space and storage to us. She sails like a dream. She is remarkably well balanced and is comfortable in pretty [...]
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