On Passage for Galapagos. 06:55:68N 79:30:84W
We departed from Isla Del Rey in the Las Perlas group at lunchtime today.
It was another hot and sultry day and it was with some sadness that we had to pack away the dingy and prepare the boat for the near 1000nm passage to Galapagos. Not least because the (F”*)^&%g) generator has died once again. This time it’s the starter motor that has jammed or failed. Either way it is a major project to fix it, so we decided to head off early for Galapagos to conserve our water stocks.
But enough of this negative piffle. PART 2 of the
On the second morning, our transit adviser, Roy Paddy was
once again delivered to us by pilot boat at around 0600. As soon as it was
light we set off in single file for our next destination Pedro Miguel locks,
for the start of our decent to the
We were instructed to head for the Banana cut, which is a
short cut across the
Some of the
The flotilla had to dodge some interesting obstacles, like mega container ships and massive, scary looking, dredgers.
The dredgers are there to carry out routine maintenance and also to widen the bends, and as part of the planned 10 year expansion of the canal. At the present time the canal can accept 98% of the worlds commercial shipping. That is 2% of the largest vessels that it cannot accommodate. Like the new Cunard Queen Mary passenger ship. So there will be a new set of locks at each end of the canal that will be capable of handling all the worlds shipping and at the same time with double the capacity of the canal transits.
After Pedro Miguel locks we headed off to the last pair which are called Mira Flores. At this pointed there is a Visitor Centre in a three storey canal side building, which also houses a restaurant and the Webcam. So at this point all the crews on the yachts went crazy, jumping up and down, waving hats and all sorts of things at the cameras. Wendy from Heidenskip who was on our boat even dressed up in a Dutch Flag. Very fetching too………
The last lock is the most tricky of them all. This is
because the fresh water from the canal system mixes with the salt water from
We then headed south along the side of the causeway (built from
spoils from the canal construction) that joins
Then into Flamenco