Las Brisas anchorage, Panama City, Panama
Here in Las Brisas, On Delay is anchored off the public dock. This anchorage will host many more cruisers in the coming weeks, especially those coming through the Canal to the Pacific side and preparing to head further west.
September 9, 2013, Las Brisas anchorage, Panama City, Panama
Saturday, September 7th, 2013 was a fateful day for On Delay. Pete, Gayle, Tony and Jane were happily settled into a quirky apartment overlooking the Las Brisas bay where On Delay lies at anchor. We had just finished listening to cruisers’ net on the VHF radio, it was about 8:20 am, and a terrible thunderstorm hit the area. The storm was right on us — the thunder and lightning crashed and flashed simultaneously.
August 21, 2013, the Isthmus of Panama
Okay, just one more blog about the Isthmus of Panama, and then I hope to have exorcised by my mild obsession with crossing from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
For almost 60 years before the canal opened, one could transit via the “inter-oceanic railroad”.
August 5 to 11, 2013, Kuna Yala, Panama
Miriam (14-years old) and her mom, Gayle, visited us on On Delay. When Miriam got back to school she wrote the regulation “What I did on my summer vacation” story but with a couple of twists: (i) it was posted as a blog on the school intranet and (ii) written in French.
Here, we share the original French version and a somewhat different English version.
August 31, 2013, Panama City, Panama
In each new place, with an extended stay, we learn things about local culture.
August 24 to 25, 2013 from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Panama canal
Our 50-mile canal transit took two days. We started on Friday afternoon and completed the transit on Saturday morning.
We hired an agent, Erick Galvez, to arrange our canal transit for us. It costs a bit more to use an agent but it was well worthwhile for us first-timers. Erick did the scheduling and paperwork on our behalf with the canal authorities.
Our official Panama canal identification card.
Last year, we “bopped” along from Bahamas to Puerto Rico, through the Windward and Leeward Islands, finally arriving in Grenada. We carried on to go to Trinidad, Aruba, Colombia and Panama, then Belize, Mexico, Cayman Islands (partial crew), Jamaica and Turks and Caicos. Continue reading
August 11 to 13, 2013, Portobelo, Panama
Portobelo did charm us in the end. However, when we first arrived in Portobelo Bay at around 7 am, it looked depressing. It was showery weather; all the boats looked bedraggled and many rather tatty. They were certainly anchored close together. We anchored in a tight spot, close to town. Tony and I went ashore to determine a good location for Gayle M and Miriam to await their taxi pickup. On a wet Sunday morning, town looked even more depressing than the bay itself.
Typical waterfront properties: Note the bars and lack of paint and rooves.
July 29 to August 6, 2013, Kuna Yala, Panama
Cameron and his son Ruaridh had a fantastic week with the On Delay gang sailing up the east coast San Blas Islands, otherwise know as Kuna Yala.
Map showing Kuna Yala in relation to Panama.
… No, we don’t see the Hope Diamond, but we see and learn about something even more precious…