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:

https://share.garmin.com/sailingvesseloceans

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!

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!!!

 

Planned Voyage

Here’s the plan!

The Coco Bandero Cays in San Blas Islands

We sail to lle a Vache, Haiti with our 4 pick-up truck loads of donations.

 

Then we press on to San Blas Islands and through the Panama Canal.

 

After that we set our compass for the South Pacific and Fiji.

Fiji, Fall of 2014

Republic of Fiji

Population – 2016-   898,760               Source-Wikipedia

Capital
and largest city
Suva[1]
18°10′S 178°27′E
Official languages[2]
Ethnic groups (2016[3])
Religion (2007[4])

Fiji is an archipelago of more than 330 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited, and more than 500 islets, amounting to a total land area of about 18,300 square kilometres (7,100 sq mi). The farthest island is Ono-i-Lau.

 

These islands are so spread out that it requires days of travel between some of them.  This makes the distant smaller islands, very remote and under served.

 

The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the total population of 898,760. The capital, Suva on Viti Levu, serves as Fiji’s principal cruise port.[14] About three-quarters of Fijians live on Viti Levu’s coasts, either in Suva or in smaller urban centres like Nadi (tourism)[14] or Lautoka (sugar cane industry). Viti Levu’s interior is sparsely inhabited due to its terrain.[15]

1 Fijian Dollar (F$) =  100 cents U.S.