8 55.15 N 79 31.76 W
All is well here in Panama; there was a Tsunami warning at
the time of the Chilean earthquake (early last Saturday morning) and so most of
the 100+ boats anchored in 3 spots around Panama City all weighed their anchors
and headed out 3 or 4 miles to open water to await the arrival of the surge but
nothing was experienced so we returned to again drop our anchor and carry
on with life.
Quite a lot of cleaning and polishing work being done on Sea
Mist, major provisioning for our Pacific passages, some catch-up dental work
for Ian, etc, etc. All in all, we now are thinking of early in the week
of March 7th as the most likely timing for us to begin the passage
to Galapagos….and that may be slowed down on the front end if we decide
to stop for a few days at the Las Perlas Islands in the Bay of Panama. There
really isn’t any rush; the last boats participating in 2 rallies are now clearing
out of here on their way to Galapagos and we want to stay well behind them so
that we don’t end up in crowded anchorages in Galapagos and Marquesas.
And, on March 6th, there is a Pacific Puddlejump group party here in
Panama City for about 25 boats that are in this area awaiting departure for
Galapagos. The Puddlejump group is organized by Latitude 48, a San Francisco
sailing magazine, and assists all of us who join here on this coast and then in
Tahiti when we arrive in French Polynesia.
Will update again as we approach our departure date.