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

Awesome Day!

31 March 2017 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia
The picture is my 'hunter/gatherer' success. Barracuda in packets is REALLY GOOD (thanks Ed for the fishing lesson, although you might have told me that you should NEVER scale a fish on the upwind side - we will get rid of them eventually.....).

However the real story today was the sailing. Leela clearly enjoys having a clean hull. We left St Lucia at 4am, passed St Vincent at lunch time and arrived in Bequia, in the Grenadines at 3pm. That is 68nm in 11hrs with a fishing break. We had to power for some stretches in the island lees but most of the journey was a beam reach at about 7.5kts, sometimes over 8kts. We are so used to being close hauled that it took a while to get used to it but it was a spectacular sail. The sun shone, the views were spectacular, the wind blew. What more can you ask for?
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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