Just a quick (revised**) blog.
We had an uneventful sail down to Panama
from Providencia: good sailing for the first two thirds with speeds steadily
over 8 knots. Then, as expected, motoring for the last bit up to the
Caribbean end of the Canal. We're now in Shelter Bay Marina where boats often
wait for their transit through the Canal.
So today's hot news is that Garrison, our
excellent Cabin Boy, has been hijacked by another boat awaiting transit, to sail
to ....... Thailand ! Though apparently he has also to stop in Bora Bora
for a week or so ... aw shucks. Whilst it's half way around the planet to
Thailand, the boat is 122 feet long, so should only take a couple of months to
complete something like 10,000 miles.
Here he is sporting his 'Genghis' beard
whipping which is of course de rigeur on Blue Sky, while he cheerfully
contemplates the thousands of miles ahead.
We're being hauled out on Monday and as
usual, George & Michael are being lazy and staying in a comfortable hotel
overlooking Gatun Lake (Sol Melia) whilst the yard do the work. We've rented an
SUV so we'll probably visit Panama City for some shopping and play tourist for a
The Pacific Ocean is only 35 miles away, but
we don't plan to go through until October / November. Until then we'll be
cruising in and around Panama, hopefully well out of the way of any
Best Wishes from George & Michael
and adios from Garrison
** Since Garrison couldn't get
photoshop to work, Michael had to fix it, hence Garrison's pic has been very
lightly enhanced to show the very photogenic reality of a a very camera
shy lad (sorry Garrison !!)