It is the 2nd of January and time to get back to
work preparing Anastasia for her next voyage, to the San Blas islands and
Panama. Today is registration and safety check day for the World
ARC. The checks should be OK since the requirements are the same as for
the Atlantic ARC.
It looks like there will be 33 boats leaving
St Lucia. We go through the Panama canal in three groups spread over a few
days. We are scheduled to go through with the first group, although
presumably it all depends on when we arrive in Colon.
It is one of the "English summer" days you get
here occasionally (grey, blustery and drizzly) although the temperature is 25
degrees, so perhaps it is still a bit more pleasant than Blackpool in the
rain. A good temperature for working, although I don't think we will be
going up the mast today.
Yesterday we had a visit from Graham Payne, the guy
that sold me all his pilot books following the 2010 World ARC. He and his
wife are planning on going round again in a couple of years and he would like
first refusal on the books, if I want to sell them when we get back. He
told us there is one boat on our ARC that was on the 2010 ARC and just signed up
to go round again.
Andrea has just surfaced and informed me that she
got as far as chapter 16 of her audio book but the iPod is on chapter
36. Sometimes she manages to fall asleep simply trying to find the
place in the book where she last fell asleep. I did a quick Google
for a "dead man's switch", which would need pressing every few minutes to keep
the iPod going, but there doesn't seem to be anything available except an open
source hardware project and I don't have the spare time right now to build
an electronic device. Maybe later when everything on the boat is
working flawlessly (ha).