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!

We can be tracked at:

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Text Only:  310-905-5834, Please send no attachments & remove previous message or we won’t be able to download it.

 

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!!!

 

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!

 

The repair process…..

We must lift s/v Oceans out of the water to make the fiberglass repairs.  So far, there are no marina’s on the Pacific Side that can take her out.  s/v Oceans is too wide.  More research is being done, as I write this post.  But, we have made plans to transit back through the canal to Shelter Bay Marina, where they have a travel lift and a well wide enough to haul us out, without further fiberglass damage.   1st transit day available to go North bound is May 2nd.  So, at this time, we are scheduled to transit back to Caribbean side, repair s/v Oceans and request South bound transit back to the Pacific side.  No one is hurt, and we will push on!

Transit Panama Canal, Day 1

The Panama Canal was carved through one of the narrowest and lowest saddles of the long, mountainous isthmus that joins the North and South American continents.  We enter at the port of Cristobal on the Atlantic side and exit at the Port of Balboa on the Pacific side.  There are 3 locks on each side of the lake, which is called Gatun Lake.

Today we are scheduled to through the 1st 3 locks that are connected together, into Gatun Lake.  We will go up 85 feet.  We spend the night in the lake.  In the morning, 5 hours across the lake.  Then down 3 locks that are connected together.  There s/v Oceans & crew will be in the Pacific.  Yippee!

Crew on board:  Rick & Myself, Mathais & 2 volunteer line handlers, Raf & Juana.

Check out:  www.pancanal.com   There are webcams of the activities in the locks, so anyone in the world can watch.  At this point we are scheduled to go through at 1730hr, 5:30 pm Central Time.  If anyone is able to take screen shots of us, we would be Very Happy!!  s/v Oceans will possibly be rafted with a monohaul on each side of us.

GOD IS GREAT!