Day 2... Woke up to a beautiful sun and flat seas. We are still motor sailing and trying to push as west as we can before turning south. The nights are cool and are a refreshing change from the humidity felt on the mainland. We even had some whales and dolphins wave us goodbye as we exited the Gulf of Panama. All in all a good start and with luck the sail across this huge ocean will be smooth and enjoyable.
Day 1 of ... who knows?? We left Panama this morning under heavy clouds. How does one feel facing such a long voyage? Hard to describe; lots of mixed emotions. But like a friend the saying goes "We can only eat an elephant one bite at a time". So we are motor-sailing in light head winds and toasting to a good start.
Panama Canal! We made it through safely. Now anchored in Las Brisas, enjoying a drink to welcoming ourselves in the Pacific. Leaving shortly, possibly Thursday for a long trek West!
Finally left the marina getting ready for the canal transit. Bitter sweet moment as made lots of friends!
Wooooohoooo! In the marina at Shelter Bay, earlier than we thought! Happy to touch land after 14 days!!
Just anchored in Shelter Bay; ready for 14 days quarantine on board!
Last 12 hours; tedious with huge squalls, 25k on the nose and bouncy seas! Happy for a break!!
Motoring and some motor sailing since last night. A mixed bag of conditions. Overcast skies, thunderstorms, lightening. Almost there though. Should arrive in another 12 hours or so.
Slow going... There has been no wind for the last 12 hours. Fortunately, seas are flat, sun is out, so it's quite enjoyable, despite the heat. In 4 knots of breeze from the East, we are raging along at 4.5 knots, with a poled headsail and a spinnaker!
After a grey, rainy night and morning, sun just showed up. Trades also left. We have been nicely bobbing all afternoon at 3-4 knots of speed with all sails up. Might resort to diesel soon, if we want to make it to Panama this year!
Caught 2 yellow fin tunas for diner yesterday but no one was hungry as conditions were boisterous. At the moment, sailing at 7-8 knots in 15-20 ENE winds. Poled headsail and one reef in main. All good, less than 500nm to go.
Sailing at 7.5 knots with one reef in main and 2 in headsail. Poled out with 25knots ESE. Sunny skies
Leaving tomorrow for Panama!
A beautiful spinnaker run from Bonaire to Curaçao!
Now anchored in calm Spanish Waters!
Picked up mooring in the absoluteclear waters of Bonaire!!
Beautiful sailing in calm weather; flat seas, 10-12 knots of ESE winds. Poled out genoa with spinnaker. Under a 100NM to go... Bonaire tomorrow morning!!
Sailing on a rolly sea with full sails under a lovely sun. 252NM to go to Bonaire
On the road again... After about 3 hours to get out of the shadow of Martinique we are now sSiling west at 8 knots towards Bonaire with reefed main and full jib. 413nm to go!
Getting ready to move west again...
Bonaire, here we come!!
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