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!!!!

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.

Arrival into Panama

A few pictures around Panama

Colon, is a seaport that sits on the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal.Colon