Departure Day: Panama to French Polynesia

Departure from Panama City to Hiva Oa, Marquesas, 4,000 nautical mile trip, of open ocean sailing, with no place to stop.  There are 3 of us on board, Rick & I and our good friend, Matthias, we will take 3 hr watches, for the approximately 21 day crossing.  (At least, that is the plan.)  We are so EXCITED!  Beyond EXCITED…………….. Yesterday, we completed our provisioning of food, since no place to just run to the grocery store for supplies. Food has been washed & stored.  Hopefully, preventing from loosing any of it during transit, due to rot or food gremlins.   Rick has checked us out today & obtained our ZARPE for French Polynesia.

GOD IS GREAT!  We are in good hands!  Godspeed to Everyone!

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JAMES 4:13-16  “Now listen, you who say, today of tomorrow we will go to this or that place…..Why you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead, you ought to say, if it is the LORD’S will, we will live and do this or that.”

If it is THE LORD’S WILL, we will leave Panama today, 7/10/2018

GOD IS GREAT!  YES, GOD IS GREAT, ALL THE TIME!

Transit Panama Canal

Matthias, s/v Oceans, almost out of Panama Canal
Leo, transit is a success!
Yippee, s/v Oceans is out of the Panama Canal!!!
Thank YOU, JESUS!
Miraflores Locks viewing station

WE ARE OUT!

Southbound to the Pacific, through the Panama Canal has been completed safely!  With some Excitement and Adventure, but no negative effects.  (Oh, My Gosh, we can’t believe the tug boat that was with us in the 2nd to last lock, went sideways, the current was Very strong.)  Fortunately, Rick was able to prevent us from colliding with the tug that was out of control.  (This was the same location where our previous accident occurred.)                     Thank YOU, JESUS!!!!

Last Panama Canal Transit

July 5, is our transit date.  YIPPEE!!!!!!   We are so ready!! Departing Shelter Bay Marina 2 pm, with Matthias, Leo & 2 other line-handlers on board with us.  According to the Canal Officials, our advisor will arrive at 4pm, we will transit the Gatun Locks 3 of them on the Caribbean side of the canal & over-night in Gatun Lake.   Then complete the  Miraflores locks 3 of them on the Pacific side on Friday, July 6.

For those who would like to see us at the Miraflores Locks, can check out the Multimedia section of:  http://www.pancanal.com/eng/op/index.html which will be on Friday mid to late afternoon.    And of course, this is Panama & Everything is subject to change………..

We are grateful & excited to be on our way!  So looking forward to our crossing to the Marquesas.  Hopefully, depart by Sunday.

NEWS:::

Update 10am, July 5:  Rick called to confirm with Canal officials on time for today & they said that they have no advisors for today!   Well, there you have it…………….  Our new departure time is 4:45am on Friday morning,  now we should make it all the way through to the Pacific side by tomorrow late afternoon.  But, then again, it is Panama!!!

 

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The San Blas Islands of Panama

Late May, we spent a week in the beautiful San Blas Islands.

The San Blas Islands are a vast archipelago on Panama’s Caribbean Coast, composed of 340 islands.  They are home to the indigenous Guna Indians, where the women make “molas”.   These are beautiful cloths that are intricately made by sewing and cutting different layers of colorful cloths.  Each mola is unique.

Least favorites of the week:  Chart quality (it’s so bad that many yachts are damaged or totally destroyed on the reefs).  A very violent night lightening storm.  Bee attack while sailing (about 50 bees made a home in our sail). It’s the kind of stuff that makes pirates say ARRRRRRRR!

Favorites of the week:  Being together on our boat with peaceful screensaver views surrounding us, beautiful people, fresh lobster, sailing at close to wind speed.  Peaceful remoteness, fresh fish dinners served in the cockpit listening to perfect music watching amazing sunsets.

This week could have been a dreamy magazine story about a place few have heard of and many would like to visit.

New Panama Canal Transit Date:

Update:  We the crew:  s/v Oceans was back in the water on May 13th, see 2 short videos.  The repairs were completed from the canal accident.  All work was done nicely and at a fair price.   Now, it was time to schedule a new transit date.  We were told it would take 2 weeks!  One of Rick’s best friends, Mike Bartz, has asked him to be the Best Man in his wedding on the June 23rd.  The new date that was given to us was just too close  to try and make a 5,ooo nautical miles ocean voyage to Tahiti and fly to Minnesota for the wedding.  We just can’t do that!  It’s not possible!

Next plan attempt:  Tomorrow we are taking a week or so too explore some of the beautiful remote San Blas Islands.  We hoped to have done that when we first arrived, but…………bad weather and other things prevented it.  We will then return to Shelter Bay Marina, leave s/v Oceans and fly to US.  When we return to Panama on June 28, we will again prepare for our last Southbound transit of the canal and then sail to French Polynesia.

GOD is GREAT!