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

St Lucia

25 March 2017 | Rodney Bay, St Lucia
After regretfully leaving Martinique (we will be back) we have arrived in St Lucia. This is a working stop for us as we are hauling Leela on Monday for an insurance survey and we need to clean the hull and carry out an engine service.

The biggest surprise here so far is the amount of free space in the anchorage after the crowded conditions further north. This may be due to the slightly dodgy reputation St Lucia has for crime. It feels OK at the moment but we have significantly upped our security measures. It is a big resort area so there is a bit of hassle with jet skis and big power boats but not dreadful and the ever present bar music has been a lot quieter than reports would suggest. All good so far.

Despite the work schedule there should still be time for some fun. We have reunited with Gene and Dolly on mv Groundhog, who we first met in the Turks and Caicos two years ago and we are all going for a day out on the island on Wednesday.

Given the current weather forecast we expect to set out for Bequia at 4am on Friday.
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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