Astra Log - Road Town to San Blas, Panama - Fri 7th March - Wed 12th March

Jeremy & Sally Paul
Wed 12 Mar 2008 19:20

Road Town to San Blas: Friday 7th March – Wednesday 12th March


After refuelling we left Road Town behind us at 16:30 with wind in our sails and then new motto of “Can all you can while you can” firmly planted in our minds. In 25 knots of wind we romped along with a large following sea and goose-winged sails achieving a speed over ground of 9 knots.


The 1000 miles to the San Blas Islands were rapidly wiled away with fishing, researching our destination, lots of cards, scrabble (Sally victorious on both occasions), the introduction of a fitness regime, plenty of bread making for George, and formulating a contingency plan in case of pirate attack!


Ash and George took to doing 150 press-ups a day on the fore-deck. Sally devised a cockpit based circuit of dips, squats, and leg raises. Jeremy honed his jaw muscles with some rigorous peanut munching.


Fishing proved challenging: Jeremy reeled in a large dorado which fought all the way and managed to get off the hook at the last moment when he was alongside the boat. Ash got a beast on the line, far too big to bring in. It managed to snap both of our lines!


Just as we settled down to enjoy a gin and tonic to celebrate 800 miles in 4 days on Tuesday evening we were treated to a massive pod of dolphins. Somewhere in the region of 20 of these beautiful creatures played around the bow for almost half an hour.


We arrived in San Blas on Tuesday afternoon, completing 1000 nautical miles in just under 5 days at an average speed of 8.4 knots. Once again, we were treated to wonderful weather and clear skies with beautiful phosphorescence below and shooting stars above.