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.
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.
Repairs from the canal meeting of the concrete, fiberglass completed. Video of s/v Oceans being lowered into the water at Shelter Bay Marina, Panama. Thank You, Victor, travel lift operator for taking such good care of her. Yippee!!
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!
“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.”