Ready to roll for Panama

Martin and Elizabeth Bevan
Fri 10 Jan 2014 23:41
Position 23:37.83N 075:55.03W
Date 1025 (EST) Wednesday 8 January 2014

Having finished our Christmas and New Year holiday cruise with Andrew we
waved goodbye to him on Tuesday as he left the marina at Emerald Bay, Great
Exuma, Bahamas to go to George Town airport for the first leg of his return
to Austin, Texas. The boat seemed empty without his larger than life

We had worked hard for the last day getting everything ready and taking
advantage of the marinas free laundry to ensure that we left with everything
ship shape and clean. Andrew's departure, however, coincided with the wind
increasing from10 knots to 30 knots and blowing directly into the entrance
channel. Whilst we were ready and eager to get going prudence dictated that
we took the day off to recover from the social exertions of the last three
weeks and wait for the wind to both abate a little and blow from a different

Wednesday dawned with the wind back in the customary south east and blowing
its usual 15-20 knots. Fully fuelled were ready to leave at 10:25.