Panama Canal

Panama Canal

Gatun Locks Late morning on Friday 8th March, Colon Signal Station called us on the radio to announce our transit time of 1730 for the canal. And by 1300, our three line handlers were onboard. So, we slipped our mooring and headed out to the “flats” just...
Last Days in the Atlantic

Last Days in the Atlantic

Shelter Bay and Panama City Our computer decided to take some time off and refused to start for over a week. But as a result of some gentle persuasion, and a reinstall of the operating system, we are back in business. But this means that we are playing catch up with...
San Blas

San Blas

Porvenir The sea state from Linton to Porvenir in the San Blas was boat-thumping lumpy. The photograph below, taken by Yelle onboard JaJapami, shows just how lively the sea was. Often the sea would break over Lady Jane’s bow, sending water into the air and...
Panama

Panama

Jamaica to Panama The forecasted northeasterly wind arrived a few hours after rounding the western side of Jamaica. And with the wind now behind us, Maria and I set the sails wing-on-wing (something we haven’t done since crossing the Atlantic) and gently rolled...
Jamaica

Jamaica

Jamaica? “No – she went of her own accord.” Boom! The oldies are nearly always the goodies. Despite light winds, the sea state between Cuba and Jamaica was bouncier than a small child full of E numbers. A persistent swell caused a rolling motion that, combined...
Cuba

Cuba

Rush Hour The approach to Cuba makes the English Channel look like an aquatic desert. There’s a traffic separation zone just off the east coast of Cuba. And tankers, cruise ships and other large vessels are either going into it, coming out of it, or going around...