Our turn for the canal came on the 14th. of April.
Were we nervous? You bet!
We went through with a catamaran and a yacht. This meant rafting up
before each series of locks, with the catamaran in the middle.
We are going to follow this ship into the first lock at Gatun.
The catamaran is doing most of the driving, using the engine in each hull
keep us going straight. The catamaran is French, the yacht on the
Safely inside the first lock at Gatun, the raft is in the middle of the
with long lines from each outside yacht to the walls of the
That's our advisor in the red shirt.
The water comes boiling in.
Forward in to the next lock, with Joe from "Dreamcatcher" handling the bow
Into the Gatun lakes for the night, passing the construction works for the
Glenn prepares to tie us up to the mooring for the night.
Next lock there were no ships with us, just a couple of tour boats taking
through the canal.
The man on the lock side sends across the 'monkey', a small weighted
with a long thin line attached. The monkey is just out of the
picture, top left.
Glenn catches the monkey, and ties the line to one of
our long heavy lines, to be pulled back to the lock side.
We covered our solar panel in cushions in case the
monkey landed on it.
Our day 2 advisor
Glenn and Lyn fron Steel Sapphire
were our line handlers
View of the Pedro Miguel lock, with our raft entering.......
....and exiting on the other side. We are on the right of the
raft. The pictures
were taken from the visitor centre by our friends from Adelaide on Connect
View of the Pedro Miguel lock with the Centennial Bridge in the
In the Pacific, without a scatch! Everything went very smoothly.
The Bridge of The Americas looked a little familiar!
Tyres and ropes piled on the deck ready to return to our agents at the
at Balboa Yacht Club.
A strange looking Sea Shepherd boat...by the look of the logo they are
into saving Iguanas.
The new biodiversity museum on the Flamenco causeway. Our anchorage
on the other side.