Appalling weather. To make a long ordeal short, 8ft
seas, torrential rain 24hrs, visibility 50-500 meters, wind at 12-22 knots,
soaking, cold and miserable. Thank god for radar for flying blind. have trench
foot and a waterfall down my neck off the sail for 18 hrs, Oh how we laughed as
the autopilot gave up figting the swells after the 1st hour.
4.30pm arrived Punta Benao our intended overnight
anchorage, exhausted and ready for some re grouping and good nights rest. Bay
like a blender and complete no go unless your a surfer.
Turn around and back out to sea for another 20hr
epic in the Panama shipping lanes North in torrential rain with radar and prayer
0900 Thurs , finally at anchor having
negotiated the Americas busiest shiping route off Punta Mala and into Panama
Bay. Spot the light on a ship and guess at how long it will take to plough
you down. Great game.
Now drinkin the last beer onboard in the Las
Perlas Islands in yet another desert island cove, with howler monkeys being the
only noise. Very pretty, but too tired to appreciate fully. trying to stay
awake. Next leg, 47 miles to Balboa, with an anchorage 1 night before at taboga
Island 5 miles off.
Home run to Balboa. Nearly there! What can possibly
go wrong now.....