08:37.36N 0079:01.95W 11th Feb 10:00 (UTC-5)
Panama City was fun especially the disco-bus tour through the town on
Saturday night. If I remember correctly.
Leg 2 to Salinas, Ecuador started yesterday. These race starts are very
exciting. A lot of us got our spinnakers flying for a while which helps the
spectacle. Although the only audience was a dozen anchored Chinese container
Almost immediately half the fleet decided to play truant and head for the
Archipelago de las Perlas about 50 miles from Panama City. Everyone met up
in a bay of Isla Contadora and Gerry (Northern Sky) organized a beach
barbeque. My Japanese crewman Shin lit a big fire on the beach and
surrounded it by an elaborate ceremonial structure of logs that will
probably become a tourist attraction in the future. After the burnt
offerings of chicken and steak to the sea-gods, Gerry produced a guitar and
entertained everyone with a suspiciously professional sing-a-long.
Graptolite was not easy to find afterwards as the anchor light bulb had
No idea what we are doing today. Maybe a bit of snorkelling although some
steak past its sell-by date went over the side this morning. No dorsal fins
have been sighted yet.