Northbound Transit pics.

Northbound Transit Panama Canal

We the Crew of s/v Oceans, just received transit documents for North bound transit through the Panama Canal.  It will be tomorrow, Saturday, 4.28.2018.  Our advisor is scheduled to arrive on board at 0700hrs, am Central time zone.  On board will be; Rick & Myself, Matthias, Juana & additional professional line handler,Lozano Ayala.

We will then head to the Miraflores Locks, with an arrival time of 0901hrs, departure 0951hrs.  Then at the Pedro Miquel Lock, arrival 1011hrs, with departure 1046hrs.  We will arrive at the Gamboa mooring ball at 1226hrs. These are the 3 locks on the Pacific side of the canal.  We will be on the HUGE mooring ball for an undetermined amount of time….. This is Panama, and things change, often!  At this point, we do not know if we will go through the Gatun Locks on Saturday, or have to wait at mooring ball until, Sunday, 0700hrs, and then proceed to motor through the Gatun Lake for 5hrs, then go through 3 Gatun Locks on the Caribbean side of the canal.

Once we are on the Caribbean side, we will proceed to Shelter Bay Marina, where s/v Oceans will be hauled out of the water, to begin repair procedures.

For anyone interested here is the website for the Panama Canal:  www.pancanal.com

We would really appreciate it if someone was to take a screen shot of us  while we are in the canal.  You must run Adobe flash & go to multimedia, to live camera’s.  The webcam is available 24/7 for anyone to view in the world, with internet access.

GOD is Great, all the time!  We will continue our journey for HIM!

Inspirational Poem

By:  Amy Carmichael

“Our FATHER knows what is best for us, so why should we complain?  We always want the sunshine, but HE knows there must be rain.  We love the sound of laughter and the merriment of cheer, but our hearts would lose their tenderness if they never shed a tear.  For growing trees are strengthened when they withstand the storm, and the sharp cut of a chisel gives the diamond grace and form.

GOD never hurts us needlessly, and HE never wastes our pain.  For every loss HE sends to us is followed by rich gain.  And when we count the blessings that GOD so freely sent, we will find no cause for murmuring and no time to lament.  For our FATHER loves HIS children, and to HIM all things are plain, so HE never sends us pleasure when the soul’s great need is pain.  So whenever we are troubled and when every thing goes all wrong, we know GOD’s working in our hearts to make our spirit strong.”