Air Power - Feb 19
Our time in San Cristobal Island was enjoyable. We had to create barriers on the two sterns of the hulls to keep the sea lions off. Shouting didn't work too well. Neither did the rope barriers. I finally made a deal with them. If they would just shut up, I wouldn't be chasing them with the boat hook, and we both could sleep. We fueled up in restaurants and attempted to use the internet. We got a chance to buy diesel for our continuance to French Polynesia. Getting fuel consisted of taking jerry cans in the back of a taxi (pickup truck) and getting special permission for the purchase. Locals' cost was approximately $1.04 per gallon. Visiting yachts....$3.70. At least the person fueling our cans looked official. Swat coveralls, badge, holstered weapon. I'm sure the Ecuadoran government. read more...
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...
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...
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...
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...