Tuatara

Alan and Jean sharing our cruising news with friends, family.

20 July 2015 | Rabi Island Fiji
29 June 2015 | Suva Fiji
18 December 2013 | Auckland
05 December 2013 | Auckland
27 October 2013 | Vavau Tonga
12 September 2013 | Samoa
24 July 2013 | Moorea, Tahiti
19 July 2013 | Papeete
19 June 2013 | Nuka Hiva
02 June 2013 | Pacific Ocean
29 May 2013 | Pacific Ocean
24 May 2013 | Eastern Pacific Ocean
19 May 2013 | Western Pacific Ocean
16 May 2013 | Western Pacific Ocean
13 May 2013 | Isla Isabella
06 May 2013 | Isla Isabella
08 April 2013 | Shelter Bay marina, Colon.
28 March 2013 | Belize
27 March 2013 | Belize
03 March 2013 | Panamarina, Panama

Mola and more.

03 March 2013 | Panamarina, Panama
Jean, rain and wind

At Coco Banderos

3rd March, 2013

This afternoon while we read on the internet about the drought at home in NZ, the rain has set in. I wish I could send it home we certainly don’t need it here. We are tucked up at a place called Panamarina, 45 miles closer to Panama than when I last wrote. We are about to leave Tuatara for about 3 weeks of land travel. We have spent the last two days organizing the boat, putting together everything we need to take with us and spending time on the internet.

“remember we are travelling light.”

“ just a little longer on the internet , then I will get some more things done.”

“ its not raining again is it?!!”

Three regular comments on board Tuatara at the moment.

We left the San Blas Islands 3 days ago, under grey skies with once again the prospect of a worsening weather forecast. We are quickly learning to move between blows. The thick haze over the Panama mainland hid the green hills just 5 miles away from us. It was time to leave the islands, no more lobsters and no more Molas. The ladies sell beautiful appliqué needle work called mola, each piece is unique. The Kuna women use the mola as part of their traditional blouses which they wear every day. The mola seem to be used for the mid section, front and back, of the blouses then the sleeves are made from bright material. The ladies sell the mainly square pieces of art without the sleeves. Needless to say it was hard to resist buying a few. On the last day I said, “no gracias, I have ocho (8) already.”

“ well you could have nueve (9) “ or something similar in Spanish, I got the gist and understood nueve!!

I did resist and have put them in a pile on the couch to look at an admire one at a time, I did have them spread out but that only reminded Alan how much money I had spent!

Tonight the high winds and rain has arrived, a small swell is easing its way over the reef and we are pleased to be safely moored.

My head is full of flight plans, hotel bookings, will the washing get dry, will we be organized to get the bus on Tuesday morning, how many guide books and Spanish dictionaries can I sneak into my bag without Alan seeing, will I have time to get my hair cut in Panama City?….I feel another list is about to be written.
Adios for now. First stop Cuba then onto Mexico.

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Vessel Name: Tuatara
Vessel Make/Model: Alan Wright 51
Hailing Port: Opua NZ
Crew: Alan and Jean Ward
Tuatara's Photos - Talitha (Main)
Our land trip to Cuba March 2013
38 Photos
Created 18 March 2013
24 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
19 Photos
Created 24 January 2013
Mix of Photos while in Trinidad working on Tuatara at the Power boats yard at chaguaramas
40 Photos
Created 4 December 2012
ECO Tourism in Dominica
20 Photos
Created 1 April 2012
79 Photos
Created 1 April 2012
41 Photos
Created 31 March 2012
29 Photos
Created 31 March 2012
Barbados 2011/2012
23 Photos
Created 5 January 2012
Atlantic crossing Dec 2011
15 Photos
Created 5 January 2012
53 Photos
Created 29 November 2011
Tuatara and Crew in Rabat and surrounds October 2011
110 Photos
Created 24 October 2011
40 Photos
Created 17 September 2011
42 Photos
Created 6 August 2011
31 Photos
Created 6 August 2011
July 20011
8 Photos
Created 18 July 2011
Sicily July 2011
32 Photos
Created 18 July 2011
48 Photos
Created 5 July 2011
20 Photos
Created 3 July 2011
68 Photos
Created 27 May 2011
Turkey April 2011
42 Photos
Created 17 April 2011
Syria trip April 2011
82 Photos
Created 13 April 2011
82 Photos
Created 30 March 2011
51 Photos
Created 25 March 2011
32 Photos
Created 6 January 2011
IRELAND LAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION 2010
62 Photos
Created 24 December 2010
36 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 12 December 2010
67 Photos
Created 29 November 2010
27th October 2010
113 Photos
Created 17 November 2010
22 Photos
Created 21 June 2010
62 Photos
Created 19 May 2010
39 Photos
Created 13 April 2010
48 Photos
Created 13 April 2010
70 Photos
Created 8 March 2010
89 Photos
Created 25 January 2010
Borneo East coast photos September 2009
25 Photos
Created 8 October 2009
Mainly Tawau yacht club and sailing kids
17 Photos
Created 8 October 2009
Includes Fleet review at Manado with the Indonesian navy and USS George Washington an aircraft carrier.
28 Photos
Created 4 September 2009
35 Photos
Created 4 September 2009
Saumlaki to Wotap cruising the Taminbar Islands
54 Photos
Created 4 September 2009
28 Photos
Created 13 June 2009
10 Photos
Created 8 December 2008
23 Photos
Created 8 December 2008
Folder with sub folders of different areas of Vietnam May/June 2008
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 26 July 2008
Cambodia trip May 2008
34 Photos
Created 20 July 2008
Bits and pieces around Phuket, Thailand Feb to April 2008
19 Photos
Created 7 April 2008
NZ to Indonesia 2007
930 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 6 April 2008
Photos of Bangkok to Laos trip Feb 2008
60 Photos
Created 13 March 2008
Langkawi to Phuket, including PhiPhi islands and Phang Nga Bay
47 Photos
Created 28 January 2008
44 Photos
Created 8 December 2007
23 Photos
Created 2 December 2007
25 Photos
Created 25 October 2007
58 Photos
Created 24 October 2007

Sailing in the Pacific

Who: Alan and Jean Ward
Port: Opua NZ