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Flomaida II - Zusammenfassung der letzten 10 Tage
Flomaida II - Zusammenfassung der letzten 10 Tage
04/02/2014

Celebrate - Log Day 13 - Amazing Panama Canal Adventure t

The adventure begins with an excellent briefing pre-transit given by Paul Tetlow, including a canal video.Also, Suzana Buraca was there smoothing the way. The next afternoon was a short stay anchored in the "flats" before the start into the Gatun Locks.Also, our terrific advisers, Ricardo and Irwin, came aboard around 4:30pm and we were off!They were invaluable as the leaders of our Transit Team 2 of 14 boats rafted together in twos and threes to make our way through the locks.We were grateful not to be sharing a lock with the cargo,tankers or cruise ships that use the locks.At 8pm our great experience of seeing the line handling Locks process and taping oreo cookie packages to the lines to send them to the Canal line handlers was over.Suddenly, we were done with Gatun Locks!Now, we were. read more...


04/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 31; Dingy Wipe Out; Monday, February 3, 2014

This morning we got in the dingy and proceeded a half mile along the very rocky sea shore, in the lee and east side of Isla San Jose. The tide was going out and what was a small beach the night before was becoming a huge beach. Just before we got to the shore, we had to dodge an underwater rock that was becoming visible as the 17 foot tide gushed out. Then about 50 yards from shore we killed the dingy motor and raised the shaft, not knowing how deep it was. The water was not clear due to the massive tidal action. Joel and I were paddling in when a swell turned into a 3 foot breaking wave. Just before we started riding the crest, I told Joel that we're going to flip. He confidently replied that we were not. A few seconds later we were surfing with the crest when the bow of our dingy. read more...


04/02/2014

Firefly - Cruising Las Perlas

Situated only 40 miles South East of Panama, the Las Perlas Islands we have visited so far are surprisingly remote. Our first landfall was Isla Bayoneta one of the most westerly of the group. Since leaving the Panama Canal we have been re introduced to tides and currently there are very large springs, with a negative low water i.e. the level goes below chart datum. These islands are therefore very different to the Coral Cays of San Blas. In fact the tide, the spacing and the sand are more reminiscent of the Isles of Scilly! The water is very heavy with plankton so visibility is lower and the water is also about 5 degrees cooler than it was in the Caribbean. Similar to the San Blas Islands our charts are not as accurate as they could be so combined with extreme tides and poor visibility. read more...


04/02/2014

Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas

Weighed anchor at dawn, why am I ever asleep at this time? Must PhotoShop this with pelicans off on an early sortie.We weaved our way between the islands, Immy using the lat and long in the pilot book chart and a ruler, the GPS is wrong and has many a yacht aground, still there's always a good tide to whisk you away.   One channel was bubbling with overfalls as we crept along hoping the engine held. A massive line of cormorants flew over head in V formation you could hear Dam Busters playing.Imo has been having a nightmare as her computer with all her gorgeous photos and her whole life has been corrupted and she's spent the past few days talking to Apple, oh dear. It meant we had to dodge about to find phone signal on our journey south. Our present anchorage off Isla Del. read more...


Hebe - Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas - Beach
Hebe - Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas - Beach
Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas - Sunrise
Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas - Sunrise
04/02/2014

Celebrate - Log Day 12- Friends & Happy Hours at Super Shelter Bay Marina

What a super "welcome" for our expert crew, Andy Barrow, & us at our slip in Shelter Bay Marina by Joel of the World Rally, the dock master and our wonderful friends John & Kat Langenheim.John & Kat immediately treated us to cocktails and dinner on the lovely veranda at the dock restaurant overlooking the beautiful boats in the marina.They would move aboard CELEBRATE the next morning to help us prepare for our Canal Transit on the 28th. Yet to come were the yummy rum tasting and the pig roast. For a trip into Panama City we had a delightful lunch at Bennigan's on the Pacific side, shopped at the designer mall, Multi-Plaza, and shared a cab with Brian of American Spirit who was meeting with Davide to arrange his haul out after the Canal Transit.Also, CELEBRATE had it's own 3-D. read more...


Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas - Stone
Hebe - Exploring Las Perlas - Stone
Flomaida II - Christoph im Paradies
Flomaida II - Christoph im Paradies
Flomaida II - Mädchengeschnatter auf "unserer" Kuna Insel
Flomaida II - Mädchengeschnatter auf
Flomaida II - Flomi im Paradies
Flomaida II - Flomi im Paradies
Flomaida II - Mmmhhh der Lobster
Flomaida II - Mmmhhh der Lobster
Flomaida II - Da kommt unser Lobster
Flomaida II - Da kommt unser Lobster
Flomaida II - Dagmar im Paradies
Flomaida II - Dagmar im Paradies
Flomaida II - Der teuflisch leckere Rum in der Cocosnuss auf Chichime
Flomaida II - Der teuflisch leckere Rum in der Cocosnuss auf Chichime
Flomaida II - Bericht der letzten 10 Tage- sorry für die lange Pause
Flomaida II - Bericht der letzten 10 Tage- sorry für die lange Pause
Flomaida II - Das schwarze Jesusbildnis in der Bucht von Portobelo
Flomaida II - Das schwarze Jesusbildnis in der Bucht von Portobelo
Flomaida II - Christoph vermisst Guiseppe!!!!!
Flomaida II - Christoph vermisst Guiseppe!!!!!
Flomaida II - Mit Elisabeth von der Ceduceus
Flomaida II - Mit Elisabeth von der Ceduceus
Flomaida II - Blick auf Panama City vom höchsten Punkt
Flomaida II - Blick auf Panama City vom höchsten Punkt
Flomaida II - Kleines Rätsel- Verkehrsschild vor dem Präsidentenpalast
Flomaida II - Kleines Rätsel- Verkehrsschild vor dem Präsidentenpalast
Flomaida II - Christoph mit obligatorischem Panamahut
Flomaida II - Christoph mit obligatorischem Panamahut
Flomaida II - Fensterputzen nicht nötig in Panama City
Flomaida II - Fensterputzen nicht nötig in Panama City
Flomaida II - Im 3. Päckchen links liegen wir durch die Strömung etwas krumm und müssen gegenhalten
Flomaida II - Im 3. Päckchen links liegen wir durch die Strömung etwas krumm und müssen gegenhalten
Flomaida II - Unser Advisor fühlt sich sehr wohl!
Flomaida II - Unser Advisor fühlt sich sehr wohl!
Flomaida II - 100 Jahre Panamakanal
Flomaida II - 100 Jahre Panamakanal
Flomaida II - Das geschnürte Päckchen Caduceus, CHIKA-lu und wir vor der Schleusenkammer
Flomaida II - Das geschnürte Päckchen Caduceus, CHIKA-lu und wir vor der Schleusenkammer
Flomaida II - Wir im Kanal
Flomaida II - Wir im Kanal
03/02/2014

Hebe - Boat life Highs and Lows

It's taken the Hebe crew some time to come to terms with the loss of one of their longest serving crew……Dart.  Sadly this brave little goldfish found life onboard too much after 4,500 miles and committed suicide on arrival in the San Blas islands. He jumped out of his cereal container whilst we were all out partying our first night.  Imo was distraught, not sure about Harry's feelings as he was always cursing the little creature.  Dart did have a tough life, on passage getting splashed out in the sink when the cooker was in use but we all really thought he would hang in there until Australia. His place on the side is still known as Dart's place, used for sunglasses and a conch.Laundry is also sometimes a hazard, now we are in clean water the water maker is working and also. read more...


Flomaida II - Nacht in der Schleusenkammer
Flomaida II - Nacht in der Schleusenkammer
Flomaida II - Der Advisor kommt an Bord vor der Passage
Flomaida II - Der Advisor kommt an Bord vor der Passage
Flomaida II - Großeinkauf- einer von vielen!!!
Flomaida II - Großeinkauf- einer von vielen!!!
Hebe - Boat Life highs and lows - making a shelter
Hebe - Boat Life highs and lows - making a shelter
Hebe - Boat life highs and lows - Shelter is completed
Hebe - Boat life highs and lows - Shelter is completed
Hebe - Boat Life Highs and Lows - Tim prepares lunch
Hebe - Boat Life Highs and Lows - Tim prepares lunch
Flomaida II - Christoph mit den beiden Glücksbringern bei der "Arbeit"
Flomaida II - Christoph mit den beiden Glücksbringern bei der
Flomaida II - Paradies auf den San Blas Inseln
Flomaida II - Paradies auf den San Blas Inseln
03/02/2014

Celebrate - Log Day 12- Friends & Happy Hours at Super Shelter Bay Marina

What a super "welcome" for our expert crew, Andy Barrow, & us at our slip in Shelter Bay Marina by Joel of the World Rally, the dock master and our wonderful friends John & Kat Langenheim.John & Kat immediately treated us to cocktails and dinner on the lovely veranda at the dock restaurant overlooking the beautiful boats in the marina.They would move aboard CELEBRATE the next morning to help us prepare for our Canal Transit on the 28th. Yet to come were the yummy rum tasting and the pig roast. For a trip into Panama City we had a delightful lunch at Bennigan's on the Pacific side, shopped at the designer mall, Multi-Plaza, and shared a cab with Brian of American Spirit who was meeting with Davide to arrange his haul out after the Canal Transit.Also, CELEBRATE had it's own 3-D. read more...


03/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 30; In the Las Perolas Islands; Sunday, February 2, 2014

Departed Panama City at 9:35 AM today, en route to the Las Perlas Islands. The name means Pearl Islands. The northern islands are only 31 miles from Panama City. The islands got their name when in 1515 Spanish conquistadors Gaspar de Morales and Francisco Pizarro robbed a large amount of pearls from King Toe. The 31 carat 'peregrina' pearl of Queen Mary Tudor of England came from these islands. The Archipelago de Las Perlas consists of more than 220 islands and islets, of which only 90 are named and even fewer are inhabited. One of our pilot books states: "Existing charts of the Perlas are very inaccurate." Fortunately, Eric Bauhaus in his The Panama Cruising Guide supplies charts that he purports are accurate. As Ronald Reagan used to say, 'Trust but verify.'There was almost no wind, so. read more...


03/02/2014

Nexus - Ness is a Grandma!

Vanessa's daughter gave birth last night (11:30am South African Time) to a grandson, 3.8Kg, name to be chosen soon! We're having a celebratory breakfast and helping Ness come to terms with being "Grandma".Got up to check the anchor bridle at 4am this morning with Laurie, as the tide was running opposite the wind, and witnessed a cool phenomenon. The moonless night was dimly lit by the Milky Way, and the bioluminescence in the water revealed fish movement traces, which a large flock of pelicans were tracking and feasting on in nearly total darkness. We could hear them diving in and saw the bigger splash they made outlined by the bioluminescent glow! How cool is that?Russ and Laurie on Nexus still at anchor near Isla Canas 09:13 2/3/2014. read more...


03/02/2014

Starblazer - 02/02/2014 – Cruising, boat maintenance in exotic locations.

The above definition of cruising leaves out two other major items, passage making and fun.First the fun part of cruising: making landfall in new places, exploring local culture and shopping.Entering the breakwater for Shelter Bay Marina and the Panama Canal was very easy, Portsmouth Harbour often has more big ship movements in any 15 minute period and as for Dover….Our time in Shelter Bay was quite busy including shopping for the next month to six weeks.We seem to have bought an awful lot of steak, I might get fed up with it by the time we empty the freezer!We had a day trip to an Embera Indian village which included a 45 minute trip up river in a dugout canoe.The best known tribe in Panama is undoubtedly the Kuna who live in the San Blas Islands.The Embera are spread between Panama and. read more...


02/02/2014

Nexus - Isla de Canas

We're currently in a beautiful anchorage behind the Isla Canas on the East side of the larger Isla del Ray, and the water is clear and full of fish, with pelicans diving from above and large fish feeding on smaller ones below. We went for a long kayak a couple of beach walks around the bay this afternoon, and the scenery and wildlife in and out of the water are great. We and one other boat have the bay to ourselves.This morning before we left Morro Cicique we took a dingy ride over to an adjacent island, Isla San Telmo, to look at a submarine that was over 100 years old, that apparently mysteriously washed up on the North facing beach. I guess given its age and lack of propulsion, it is technically a diving bell, but it was largely intact with large holes rusted through the sides in. read more...


02/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 29; Rudder in the Tube Day; Saturday, February 1, 2014

Before I describe the climatic event of the day, putting the rudder in the tube and attaching the steering arm, since when we're in port not only can we see what our log and others look like by going to the WCC web site, we can actually read COMMENTS left by our log readers. With that in mind, I'd like to encourage anyone reading our log to post any comments you want, or even ask for clarifications if something written is unclear. We won't be able to read these comments until we reach our next port of call, but other log readers will be able to before then. For example, one comment by Diane Lantry-Erler, a friend and neighbor, was that she also had visited the Indian Tribe that some on our boat did last Tuesday. Just how small a world is it we live in?Yard day number 3 started at 8:00. read more...


02/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 28; Rudder Tube Day & Party Bus Night; Friday, January 31, 2014

Since today was another 'yard day,' it started early. Joel and I arrived at the Quality Yachts Yard before 8:00 AM. The objective today was to fit and epoxy the new rudder tube into the boat. The rudder tube, which was lathed the day before, slid into the hole cut for it quite well. Once we were satisfied that it was the right fit, the tube was pulled out and coated with epoxy along its entire length. It was then pushed and rotated up into the hole. It didn't go in easily, but needed some muscle effort to get it in. Then wood was used to brace the bottom of the tube so that it could cure over night. A short yard day, ending at 3:30 PM. Can't do anything until the epoxy cures.At 7:30 PM two party busses arrived at the a site near the marina, and participants in the rally boarded them for. read more...


02/02/2014

Firefly - Into the Pacific

On Friday 31st January, Firefly descended through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks, and motored under the bridge of the Americas to enter the Pacific. The whole Panama Canal transit was really well organised both by World Cruising and the Panamanian Canal authorities - its surprising just how many people are involved in making a transit happen.The World ARC fleet are anchored in La Playaita which is fine, if a bit rolly, with the amazing backdrop of Panama City a few miles to the North. In the last decade or so Panama has attracted a lot of investment and the skyline resembles a small Manhattan or Hong Kong with a some very modern skyscrapers and a number of new ones under construction.As we have been learning a lot about Panama and the canal itself here is a very short synopsis for. read more...


02/02/2014

American Spirit II - Day 27; The Rudder; Thursday, January 30, 2014

Up at 3:30 AM. That's the penalty of going to bed at 10:00 PM. (5 1/2 hours sleep is what I normally get). It's really awful being in a hotel room as I was used to living in the boat for the previous 3 weeks. The 'hotel routine' is much different than the 'boat routine.' Go figure. The Beach House had a free breakfast set up at 7:00 AM. After sampling a few items we headed for the yard, a 20 minute walk and a mile away. Arriving at 7:30 AM, one of the yard workers was already there working on the boat. It didn't take long to remove the rudder from the bottom of the boat. However, the rudder tube did not just 'fall out' of the boat once the rudder was removed, as it was epoxied top and bottom. The tube was also 'broken' at the top near the steering arm; which meant that it would have. read more...


02/02/2014

Hebe - Las Perlas Islands

Las Perlas, our first taste of Pacific Islands…..no turquoise water, no palm trees, no coral…..but Salcombe in a heatwave after the nuclear fall out.  We are the only people here, the water is green and cool full of plankton,  some of the beaches are quicksand soft. The trees are dropping their leaves, except the trusty Jacaranda adding a splash of purple. The breeze is cool and DRY, our skin is crinkling up after sweating so long in the Caribbean, but it means I am no longer sleeping with my pillow in the freezer.Birds everywhere, many on the deck, all quite unfazed by our arrival. Is that you Mr Bond? Last night was AMAZING, we could write our names with the boat hook in the sparkling phosphorescence, under a moonless starry sky…..sick -  as they say. We were dying to. read more...


Hebe - Las Perlas Islands - Hunting for shells and crabs
Hebe - Las Perlas Islands - Hunting for shells and crabs
Hebe - Las Perlas Islands - Is that your Mr Bond?
Hebe - Las Perlas Islands - Is that your Mr Bond?

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