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

Sort of a Plan....

11 November 2017 | STILL in St Kitts (and dreaming)
Well, we have been talking to cruisers, reading a bit and discussing a lot and this is the current result. as we have changed our plan on a weekly basis it should be taken with a grain of salt but we are pretty excited about this one.

The bottom line is we are not ready to rush through the Panama Canal this year. It needs too much preparation for both boat and crew and there is way too much to see in between here and there. So - we are planning to bounce around the Caribbean this winter: visiting friends in Martinique, scuba diving in Bonaire, Jamaica, visiting friends in Mexico (the Yucatan) then down to the Rio Dulce for the summer. This looks like a fantastic base to explore Central America and maybe take a trip home.

If we are still feeling like another year on the boat then we will head down to the San Blas islands after the, hopefully gentle, 2018 hurricane season and then onto the Panama Canal in early 2019. Anything after that is wild speculation - we shall see.

This does extend our trip quite a bit but it feels a lot more doable and we are very excited about the Central America stopover. Anyway, watch this space - probably a new plan next week when, hopefully, we will actually be afloat.

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Vessel Name: Leela
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 38.8
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, NH
Crew: Graham and Janaki
About:
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. [...]
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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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