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Now in Panama City

I haven't posted on Sailnet for several months because ... well, I have been sailing. Left West Palm Beach in early November (narrow window after waiting for a week). Did not spend too much time in the Bahamas because we got a window as soon as we arrived in George Town. Went directly to the San Blas in Panama (970 miles) in a bit less than a week - very relaxed sail. Managed to arrive in the SB for a record rainfall - I would estimate something like 25 to 30 inches in 9 days (two of those were sunny!). It was incredible and unfortunately quite a few people were killed in landslides. Also three cruising boats were lost for various reasons between Chagres River and western San Blas.

We came through the Canal this week and then linehandled for friends coming through. Both trips were uneventful and enjoyable. We are now in the Las Brisas anchorage off Panama City and getting ready to head to Ecuador in a few days. We plan to leave the boat in Bahia de Carraquez and go backpacking in Ecuador and Peru for a month or so before heading to the Galapagos. Will try to check in hear when we get internet but don't know for sure how often that will be.More info at our blog (address below). We also have a SPOT transponder so our location is available at SPOT Shared Page
The SPOT does not work in a big chunk of the South Pacific though.

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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KS, I'm land-bound, but just a few miles west of you near Seaside, Florida. My boat is presently in the yard getting her bottom spanked into shape. Drop me a line if you'll be around this weekend. Work has me tied up these days....
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Sailhog, I think he's in Panama City, Panama. Just a little south of you!

Of course, I was interested in Panama City as well as I am only a little over 100 miles west of you in Ocean Springs MS.
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Sailhog, I think he's in Panama City, Panama. Just a little south of you!

Of course, I was interested in Panama City as well as I am only a little over 100 miles west of you in Ocean Springs MS.
Holy cow! We have a Cape San Blas here as well....
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Great to hear. I've been to Panama by air. Lovely country, nice people. There are some rough spots, but we didn't have any trouble.
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Love Panama. Don't go to the rain forest tour right outside Panama City...there are no animals except for harvester ants. If you make a stop in Santa Catalina, go to the pizza place. If forget the name but it is the only one in town. When we arrived we were told it would be the best pizza we will ever eat. Needless to say, we were a little skeptical about a pizza place in the middle of nowhere.

It turned out to actually be the best pizza I have ever had in my life.

There's also an Argentinian Steak House that's pretty damn good too.

My complete refit is taking completely too long!
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Killarney.. Thanks for the update.. sounds like things are going well for you!

Hey Sailhog.... good to see you here too!

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KS - it sounds like you're having an incredible trip. Post pics dude! The backpacking in Ecuador and Peru sounds awesome.

You just missed Sequitur. They're heading down to Chile I believe. You ought to look them up and bum a meal off them. They're like the Food Channel of The Seas.


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Sailhog, I think he's in Panama City, Panama. Just a little south of you!

Of course, I was interested in Panama City as well as I am only a little over 100 miles west of you in Ocean Springs MS.
If KS thinks I'm going to go all the way down to Panama City, Panama to meet up with him, he's got another thing coming. I'm WAY too busy. I just don't have the time, and besides, I've never met him. I'm not doing it!
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