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Lexington - Captain Bob: Carnival
Lexington - Captain Bob: Carnival
12/02/2018

Mad Monkey - A quick stop in Panama and now to see Galapagos

Mad Monkey arrived in Shelter Bay Panama a week before transiting the Canal so this gave us enough time to catch up on what's been 'going on' at home and to prepare the boat for the Pacific. We also enjoyed day trips to the new Gatan Locks where we were lucky enough to see a ship complete its transit and on another day, visit the Embera Indian Village where we got to meet the locals and acquire some tribal tattoos. We had great fun transiting the Panama Canal, rafted with Jojo's Circus and Alora, then coming together for a raft party in Gatan Lake. Once in La Playita we didn't have much time but managed to fit it some shopping, a Lebanese themed night and some rooftop bar sightseeing! Then it was time to explore the Pacific Ocean…We had 2 and half days exploring the Las Perlas Islands. read more...


11/02/2018

Shepherd Moon - Go east young man

Great trivia fact: to go from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the Panama Canal actually involves going east rather than west. We have done a fair number of locks in the past, but these have mostly been in France. The etiquette there is to rev up your engine and charge for the lock gates the second they open. Those unwilling to incur bumps and scratches to their boat may choose to hang back, but you then risk missing the lock altogether. And just being at the front for the next lock means nothing. I'm not sure there's even a word for queuing in French.Thankfully the situation in Panama could not be more different; every second of the transit is choreographed in fine detail. It all starts with a visit by an "admeasurer" whose primary job it is to measure the length of your boat. The key. read more...


11/02/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Carnival

We went to carnival Friday night. We thought we had it nicely arranged. We had a bus to take us to the event. We had two escorts to get us to the place with the help of 6 military police. That was all great until we found out that the place we bought tickets for did not pass inspection and was closed down. WE HAD NO PLACE. After about an hour or more of fussing and calling they walked us to another place where we could get in. Carnival is basically a parade of very large trucks pulling stages and sound systems to could vibrate the barnacles off our boat that was miles away.People would dance in the street in a roped off area around the truck as it moved. Others would dance along which ever truck they choose. We were up in an I closed area where we had beer and some foods.Beer was. read more...


11/02/2018

Air Power - Feb 10

The rest of fleet caught up with us at the anchorage the day before we left. The few boats that called it home must have thought there was an invasion. This was the predetermined location for last minute preparations, and the Skipper's Briefing for the next leg of the trip. The World ARC staff arranged a really nice barbecue on the beach, and had the award ceremony for the previous leg. It had been so long ago, I kind of forgotten about it. (The leg ended on the Caribbean side of Panama, in the San Blas Islands. They awarded prizes (bottles of wine), for more than winning in your class of boats. Such as, one boat was able to guess the closest to the total aggregate age of all the crewmembers crossing the starting line back in Santa Marta, Columbia. (A bottle of Merlot). The guess was. read more...


10/02/2018

Shepherd Moon - Meet the natives

Life has been a bit hectic this past couple of weeks: fixing things that have been broken, provisioning for the next leg, making sure we have enough fuel and gas. Things always take much longer on a boat and there never seems to be enough time.But it's not all been work and no play. Whilst we were on the Caribbean side of Panama waiting to transit the canal, we spent a day visiting an Embera Indian village. While we are short of time, it appears the Embera are short of clothes. After a 45-minute bus journey we were dropped off by the side of a large lake. There we were met by a group of lithe, loincloth clothed Indians. Poor Vanessa didn't know where to look. We wobbled our way into giant, outboard-motor-powered, dugout canoes and raced across the lake and up a river. Those unfortunate. read more...


10/02/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: More of Salvador

I have gotten a little behind on posting information. A few days ago I went to a museum that used to be a charity hospital and a church. They had a lazy Susan type apparatus where poor people could place their infant in a section and turn the apparatus to place the child inside the church without being seen. It has been nicely kept.I had an English speaking guide, who had only been on the job a couple of months but did an excellent job. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: More of Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: More of Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: More of Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: More of Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: More of Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: More of Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: More of Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: More of Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: More of Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: More of Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: More of Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: More of Salvador
09/02/2018

Mischief - Leaving Las Perlas

Hi FolksWe are off again and we are all glad to be back on passage, if only to give our livers a rest.We had a great time in San Blas and managed to kidnap Yellow Shirt Thomas for the trip to Shelter Bay, Colon. We called in at Portabello which is where the pirate Henry Morgan was based for sometime having ransacked it and held the inhabitants to ransom. We passed the final resting place of Sir Francis Drake at Nombre Dios Bay. Despite being a national hero at home he is also regarded as a pirate by the locals. Portabello was great and the people were very friendly. We had a great meal at a restaurant called Captain Jacks in the next bay round as recommended by Shepherd Moon who ate there the night before, great shout, thanks.We left there and put Thomas on the helm to prevent him having. read more...


07/02/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador

We went on another tour of Salvador. It was of the lower city, to the south of the marina where we are staying. It is an old poorer part of town. I will show more photos. image1 image2 image3 image4 image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
07/02/2018

Air Power - Feb 6

After a 7 hour motor, sail, motor sail and then motor, we arrived in the Las Perlas Islands. They were named after the pearls the local inhabitants adorned themselves with. There is more to the story, so feel free to google it. As usual, internet is a commodity beyond our reach. We're currently anchored on the south side of Contadora. It is protected from the waves, and we get enough wind coming through the hatches to keep the boat quite comfortable. There are a few boats from the fleet with us, so this is a good time to have the neighbors over for a "Sundowner". (sharing a cocktail while the sun goes down). I like it when there are just a few other couples. It's makes it easy to hold a conversation without being drowned out.We hiked around the island yesterday, saw on land, pretty much. read more...


06/02/2018

Blue Pearl - Blue Pearl-Las Perlas

It is a beautiful morning at our Contadora anchorage in the Las Perlas Islands. Lyn and John our new and delightful crew from Australia have taken the dinghy to go ashore and explore this small island which is a weekend beach destination for the Panama City Crowd.The Las Perlas Archipelago is a short daysail from mainland Panama where we departed from yesterday morning after staying at the LaPlayita marina for 4 days. Based there we explored Panama City both new and old and the bit destroyed in 1671 by pirate Henry Morgan. The City has done an amazing job of turning Henry's handy work into a beautifully maintained and educational museum site (Panama la Vieja). It is always disturbing to see how destructive violence ruled so much of the Middle Ages. Have we learned from this?In any case. read more...


IceBear - S/v Someday and somebody else frame a sweet Panamanian sunset at Isla las Perlas
IceBear - S/v Someday and somebody else frame a sweet Panamanian sunset at Isla las Perlas
05/02/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Prize giving

We had a nice welcoming party sponsored by the marina and sailing concerns. They had demonstrations of the traditional dancing and music. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Prize giving
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Prize giving
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Prize giving
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Prize giving
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Prize giving
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Prize giving
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Prize giving
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Prize giving
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Prize giving
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Prize giving
04/02/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Tour

Yesterday we did a guided tour of the city. I will post a few photos image1 image2 image3 image4. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Tour
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador Tour
04/02/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador

A group went on a tour of part of the city yesterday. We had a very nice time with an English speaking guide. It gave us a little taste of the city and made us a little braver about exploring the city. There was a carnival type party going on in an area called San Antonio. We headed out to eat dinner and then see the party. On the tour a restaurant that was "the best " was pointed out to us. We considered ourselves brilliant that we found it. Actually there was a larger group at first. One set of people thought it was one way and of course the others thought the other way. We split and never saw the other group for the rest of the night. Our meal was great. Afterwards we walked around a little gathering in all the strange people. image1This was a drumming group performing in the. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
Lexington - Captain Bob: Salvador
03/02/2018

Air Power - Feb 2

Its been 4 fun days in the marina. We went on a tour of Panama City and took in views of the Panama Canal locks. We got a chance to take the trikes out for a ride each day. There is a nice boardwalk that runs about 2 1/2 miles along the waterway. They seem to be doing a lot of construction near us, for a cruise ship port.The tides on the Pacific side contrast greatly with the Caribbean side. On the north side of Panama, the tides are pretty negligible. Probably about 1-2 feet. On the Pacific side, they are 16-18 feet. Each morning at low tide, there is a huge mud flat in front of our slip that fills in around noon, and fills up by 5 o'clock in the evening. Currently, due to a Lunar event, the tides are the lowest that they have ever been in the last 130 years. It goes on for several. read more...


02/02/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: arrived at Salvador

We are tied up to a marina. We got in after dark but had nice moon light and a lot of people to meet us to help with lines. I will post a photo of the lights of Salvador as we came in. May fair winds fill your sails with soft landings. Bobimage1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: arrived at Salvado
Lexington - Captain Bob:  arrived at Salvado
31/01/2018

Air Power - 30 Jan

It took 2 full days to make it through the Panama Canal. Prior to this, there was a little self-induced stress in the planning. We had to raft up with 2 mono-hulls. One of each side of our catamaran. We talked among ourselves how we would secure the lines. After pre-positioning ourselves, a work boat pulled up and delivered our "advisors", (Canal employees working a 2nd job assisting small boats like us, navigate our way through the canal). Since we had 11 boats making up 4 tiers, (3 rafted abreast, x3, then 2 at on the last tier), there was one overall advisor in charge. He passed information and instructions (i.e. speed), to the rest of the advisers. Each boat had one, with the center of the raft as the local supervisor for the raft. We had 2 on our boat each day. Carlos was completing. read more...


31/01/2018

Shepherd Moon - Brief encounter

Following our disappointing night at the monkey-less, Lindon Island, we decided pay a quick visit to the town of Portobello, once a major port for sending gold back to Spain, but now slightly shabby around the edges. The wind was blowing strongly offshore as we turned the headland and set course for the anchorage. As we headed into the bay I noticed the bows of a dugout canoe pointing upwards at an alarming angle. Then, in true Titanic style, it slipped slowly backwards into the water and disappeared. This was followed by some frantic whistling from a local guy who had been happily sitting in his canoe a few moments earlier, but now found himself in the sea, with his livelihood sinking beneath him.With the wind blowing him out to sea, he clearly needed help. We altered course and motored. read more...


31/01/2018

Lexington - Captain Bob: 13*43'south. 33*31'west

We are blasting along our course to Brazil. For about the last 24 hours we have have 15-20 knot winds. We are doing 7-8 knots under a full moon. It would s truly a beautiful night With the moon light there is good visibility. Tonight I had a fishing vessel approaching from my port side. They did not show up on AIS.I altered my course to starboard away from them. They then turned toward me. They came within about 300 feet before turning away. I heard them on the radio and I replied. We each did not understand the other. Since then they have been off my port at slightly increasing range. At least they made my night more interesting. We are about 300 miles out or about 2 days. May fair winds fill your sails with full moon light. Bob. read more...


29/01/2018

Blue Pearl - Blue Pearl-Shelter Bay

Shelter Bay is the marina close to the entrance to the Panama Canal where the World ARC fleet has gathered awaiting transiting the Canal.We arrived here on Wednesday afternoon after a very nice sail from the town of Portobello where we had spent the night after enjoying a great meal at Jack's, a beautifully situated restaurant serving wonderful food. We had sailed to Portobello from Porvenir our last stop in the San BlasIslands and the location of a Panamanian immigration office. Getting to the office from the boat was a little challenging as the island is surrounded by reefs. I probably didn't follow the instructions carefully as I managed to hit the reef three times with my dinghy engine.But here we are in Shelter Bay getting ready to transit the Canal Tuesday and Wednesday (it is. read more...


28/01/2018

Skyelark of London - 6. A surreal world

6.A surreal worldIt is ridiculous to jump happily into the deep end of a swimming pool but feel apprehensive about diving into the ocean when the bottom is around three and a half miles below - but you do. There is no real increased risk but the mind plays tricks. Diving off Skyelark into a calm peerless ocean caught one's breath. The water was a perfect temperature, there were no nasties around - sharks or Portuguese men of war - and it was a bit saltier than expected. But the blue was not just on the surface but if you opened your eyes under water, the brilliant all encompassing colour stretched down to the infinities below. The apprehension was justified; we were intruders into a new and magical world.That day the grey over cast and squally weather had gone and been replaced by. read more...


28/01/2018

Air Power - 27 Jan

We took our two bikes (Catrikes, 3 wheels) out for a ride. Unlike Santa Marta, Columbia, we went out the back entrance of the marina unnoticed. In Santa Marta, these unusual cycles drew stares. We are used to that. Around kids in the 10 yr old group and above, you have to stay aware. A cattle prod would be a nice addition to the bikes. After wandering around the national park, which was formerly Ft Sherman, we entered MonkeyVille. With no responsibility or mandate to the electorate, these primates swing from the trees hurling insults, branches and who knows what else at unsuspecting visitors. (Was that a Snickers Bar?). "Neek, Neek, Neek, come back again, and I'll taunt you a second time". They were clearly Monty Python fans. Point a smart phone camera, and these cowards retreat to the. read more...


27/01/2018

Le Aum - A caminho do Canal do Panamá

> Entrámos no alto mar a caminho do Canal do Panamá....viagem difícil, de ondulação desencontrada que nos chocalhava.> Entretanto, sentados no convés, apreciávamos as ondas que num vaivém desmedido, ora coroadas de espuma branca quais cordeirinhosvinham beijar docemente, num embalo doce e acolhedor o Lê Aum, ora se formavam em montanhas de água furiosa, investindo, batendo, causticando o casco do barco que rangia desconsolada mas não desistia do percurso programado.> Ao largo vêem se outros veleiros, alguns cargueiros.> Começa a ver se costa já com altura considerável, de constituição rochosa e constata se uma coisa curiosa: a estibordo o céu está límpido aqui e ali salpicado de pequenas nuvens brancas... o mar azul> A bombordo o céu escurece, acinzenta, fica. read more...


27/01/2018

Le Aum - Ilha de Porvenir

> Chegámos à ilha de Porvenir, onde tivemos que parar no Serviço de Imigração para fazer o registo das pessoas que iam a bordo> Imposto pesado, dado que se pagou 120 dólares por pessoa e 20;dólares pelo barco.> Havia militares sisudos, mantendo uma suposta ordem...> A ilha estava atravessada de um lado ao outro por uma pista de avionetas...exclusivamente privadas.> Nesta ilha existia um hotel feito em madeira, que não funcionava porque a polícia do governo não autorizava que funcionasse> Ambiente idílico...perto do Museu dos Cunas, uma rapariguita bonita, bem pintada e arranjada, que sentada numa rede bordava panos tradicionais> Voltados ao barco, compraram se oito lagostas pequenas por dez dólares e deliciamo-nos com elas bem arranjadas e cozinhadas num arroz de. read more...



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