Ma & Pa (Andy and Dorn) arrived into Panama along with our long
awaited Macerator pump and numerous other goodies such as fuel filters,
teabags, homemade marmalade, branston pickle, scrabble, connect 4, grow
your own cress garden etc etc..oh and how could i forget 2 huge blocks of
cheddar! ( see photo)
We love having guests.
Unfortunately due to the strong trade winds we had to sit tight at
Shelter Bay Marina So the list came out and so much for Andy thinking he
was coming for a holiday... Day 1 : Fitting our macerator pump (Not sure
how Mike managed to escape that awful job) Day 2 :Servicing the
engine, Day 3: Making a new drinks holder and so on.. the list is
Thanks again for all your help and to Dorn for
repairing our ensign and making the fuel container covers.
The rest of the trip continued like that except we managed to fit in
some great sailing to Isla Linton and the San Blas Islands, some
fantastic snorkling, wreck exploring and obviously the consuming muchos
Our Sail from Isla Linton (Vicious biting Gay Monkey
Island) to San Blas was fantastic and we clocked 7.5 knots to windward
(Our fastest yet) and also clocked our first 1000 miles in QuarterMoon.
Can't quite believe we have sailed over 1000 miles so far.
San Blas Islands as always were stunning, unfortunately the weather
wasn't overly kind to us with only a few sunny days and much wind however
the snorkeling was still out of this world. A Wonderful variety of coral
and small fish. This time around we visited a number of new islands we had
not been to before which was great and we discovered
some even more
Unfortunately early on in the trip, Dorn badly cut her leg on some
coral so we had to make a slight diversion to the Carti Islands (Most
densly populated Kuna islands close to the mainland). Through talking with
some fellow cruisers (some whom seem to permanently live in the San Blas
and are more than happy to share there knowledge/advice with you!) ) we
discovered a medical centre on Carti Sugdup ( Nearly every island is a
By some crazy coincidence, on an island of 1300
Kuna Indians Mike managed to drive the tender unknowingly onto
"John's" (Only english speaking Kuna) back yard who immediately
showed Dorn to the medical centre. Although very basic, the doctor and
nurses were very kind and they managed to clean, prescribe ointment and
dress the wound all for the grand sum of $4.50.
I think we were all
very appreciative of everyone around us who seemed so willing to help and
make sure everything was ok.
Dad provided some entertainment to lighten the mood. His
"knot" failing and the dinghy drfiting away in the wind. Luckily
it was still daylight (just) and we were on deck. Mike needed a dip down
wind of the kuna toilets anyway... Then there was the glasses incident.
Dad obviosuly put the beer down but forgot to remove flash new expensive
glasses when going for a swim. Oops! Mike was struggling to get down to
15m unaided so went for an accelerated freedive with an anchor - smart!
Anyway specs were retrieved and all were happy....
The Lobster didn't seem as plentiful this trip but I think it is
because the area was so busy. Another Blue water cruising rally passing
through. I still can't get over the fact that 8 yrs ago we were 1 of maybe
5 other boats in this area and now it is so busy
boats, tour boats etc.
We did buy octupus one night which Mike
and Andy had great fun trying to prepare! Not sure we will purchase that
again... any one got any top tips on preparation??
Andy & Dorn decided to fly out of the San Blas back to Panama city
so we dropped them at Porvenir(A very short runway on a small island which
makes landings and take offs very dramatic). We were sad to say our
'goodbyes', it was brilliant having them onboard even though we are out of
booze and water and fuel and food! They must know the feeling well
after we stayed at there place during the summer!
The Island of Wichabhuala (next to Porvenir) happened to sell diesel so
we managed to re-fill a few diesel jerry cans. An interesting
experience...the diesel man syphoned the diesel using his mouth to start
it and then spitting the diesel out...YUCK!... Made us want to puke.It's
bad enough smelling the stuff never mind drinking it!.
seem to bother him at all. THe Kuna bakery makes delicious bread and the
shop sold eggs so we were all set for our trip to Colombia. Catagena here