Galapagos

The Galapagos are an island chain consisting of 19 volcanic islands, where 2 are still active. For the most part, the islands are rocky little vegetation although they do get rain. They are famous because Charles Darwin visited them in 1835 while on board the British expedition ship, HMS Beagle. From his observations here, Darwin…

Vinni – Panama to Galapagos

Before sticking our noses out into the Pacific, we’re going to spend some time investigating the beautiful Les Perles (Pearl) islands and expect to spend a week or so here. It is Saturday may 12 and we leave Panama City and sail out into the huge Panama Bay, sighting the first of the Peal islands…

The Panama Canal – the point of no return

  The idea of a canal across Panama dates back as far as 1517 when the isthmus was first discovered.  Thereafter a land route crossed the continental divide here, giving access from the Pacific to the Atlantic and vice versa. The road was poor however and traversing it difficult. Spain transported untold amounts of gold,…

Porto Bello

We hauled up our hook and made our way out through the reef from Chichime early in the morning on a course laid for Porto Bello. We had company of two other boas, one a catamaran whose name we didn’t know and the other one a boat named Celebrity who we have seen here in…

Shelter Bay to San Blas

  We left Shelter Bay at 3 p.m. with a course towards the San Blas Islands. We didn’t think we were going to be able to leave, because earlier that morning we had turned on our chartplotter for other reasons and it worked fine for the first 2-3 minutes, whereupon it gave a “BEEP” and…

Vinni- Shelter Bay, Panama

  After our lazy but very relaxing 9 ½ day sail from Antigua, we’re in Shelter Bay Marina in Colon, Panama. Thank God we are in Shelter Bay instead of the old Yacht Club in Colon on the other side of the bay. Up til a few years ago the cruising sailors would lie at…