Having safely arrived in Panama City, we were one of the few boats to have a smile on our faces, as not many boats seemed to enjoy themselves in the locks. Our buoyant team spirit was soon to be tested. This was our last good provisioning stop for five months! "Divide and conquer" we decided. I was on drinks, Nic on fresh food, Lesley on dried and canned stuff and Karen on non food items and troubleshooting. Karen armed with a walkie-talkie imitating Julie Walters from the "
You would think we had enough of water being on a boat full time, but apparently for transiting the Panama canal we didn’t have enough water! Gatun lake, which feeds the locks of the Panama canal, was at a critically low level and was 5 feet below normal due to lack of rainwater. Had the water levels been ok all 37 World ARC boats would have gone through together rafted in groups three and have the locks to ourselves. Unfortunately, this time transiting together was not be po
Two hours after leaving Santa Marta, Columbia - we were still passing Santa Marta !! the lack of wind and strong current made for a slow start. Fortunately after a over night motor sail the wind picked up and with relatively flat seas Big Bertha (Spinnaker) was launched and we had an awesome downwind sail. Time to get the washing done, hair platted and relax a bit on deck. That was until a Tanker refused to adhere to the rules of the road ( power gives away to sail), and in