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!!!

 

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.

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!