DIARY - San Blas Islands/Guna Yala, Panama
Sun 26 May 2019 10:52
We (Austin, Helen and Luna Quest) set sail on Wednesday 22nd May from Santa Marta, Colombia to San Blas Islands/Guna Yala off the coast of Panama. First day's sailing was lovely, with winds in the 20s, and our speed around 7 knots COG. Lovely night too, with moon-rise at around 9.30 pm and starry skies. We took three-hour shifts each throughout the night. Sea temperature was 28.1 degrees C as we passed Barranquilla (Barr na Coille, as we called it), where the Magdalena river enters the Caribbean sea...quite muddy water, and a distinctively earthy smell. Dolphins were aplenty later in the day. Next morning, Thursday 23rd May started off squally, with some heavy showers. Then the wind died down completely at around 1pm, and under engine we were experiencing a counter-current. At 9pm, with the engine off, and wind at our backs of 6 to 8 knots, we were making 1.7 knots of "speed". We rescheduled our ETA to San Blas islands off the coast of Panama to Saturday 25th instead of Friday 24th May. We could see many huge cargo ships passing by/on our AIS, all probably heading into or out of the Panama Canal. Friday 24th May was a calm day, after a squally night, with lots of very wet, tropical rain...the wind had picked up suddenly at around 2.30am to 29 knots, and had changed to SE, with many squalls visible on our radar.