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|Galapgos Islands, 18th February 2001
The ship arrived at the Galapagos islands at 1000 hours local time on the 17th . Soren Larsen is anchored at Puerto Aryoa and plans to stay at this place until the 24th.
Full reports to follow.
Cocos island, 12th Feb
Gulf of Panama, 8th February 2001
First Mate Sally Anderson sends us her latest WebLog report of their time in Panama.
Hi All Web Log -
Looking back to the last voyage leg
To transit the canal was an amazing experience. Engineering & construction is phenomenal yet the concept is so simple!
Transit took 10 hrs & after passing under bridge Oamrcs we anchored off Balboa Yacht Club
Now we're definitely homeward bound!
VC departed on 1st Feb. apart from 4 who stay on to sail further across the Pacific with us. These include Charlie & Monica from Indiana who are with the ship to Vanuatu.
All enjoyed the time in Panama, the locals were friendly, helpful & proud of their country.
Some VC & PC travel to El Valle, 200 km west of the
city. A great little village with virgin rainforest and the local market on a Sunday was a
treat. Squizzy our cook, tries the flying fox through the rainforest canopy! (Pictures
Balboa Yacht Club, burnt down the other year, and it was replaced with a small outdoor bar & pool - which became our home for the week we were there.
New VC joined 6th (Waitangi Day) New Zealand here we come!
Balboa Panama 6th
Today is Waitangi Day, New Zealand's national day and is celebrated by the Kiwis on board - as well as being Capt. Jim's birthday. A most appropriate day to cast off and set sail out into the Pacific - the ship sailed at 1530 Panama time.
We watched the ship go through the Lock system on the Panama Canal's webcams!
Click here for the sequence of pictures of the ship going through the lock. (It may take a few moments to load - but worth it..)
As of now at 15.50 local time Panama, Soren Larsen has entered the Pacific Ocean!!!
She is now making her way to Balboa roads anchorage.
For more info about
the Canal look at http://www.pancanal.com/index.html
Monday 29th January
First Mate Sally Anderson sends us her latest WebLog report from Christobal:
G'day. Today finds us anchored off Christobal at the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal. Very hot and muggy. Our transit is confirmed 31st Jan. Watch us on web cam if you can.
The sail from Willamstad, Curacao to here rates as some of the best sailing I've ever done. Running with North east trades Force 5 -7 with heavy seas Soren made 10 kts at times & this continued for five days! We covered 725 nautical miles 5.5 days averaging 7 knots.
Back to Willamstad - 19th Jan: Another great day sailing from Bonaire to Curacao. We handed sail off the harbour entrance and waited for clearance. Willamstad stands astride a channel which leads to a large bay named Schotteat with a mammoth oil refinery. Constant stream of large tankers proceeding to the refinery 24 hrs a day. The channel was lined with traditional Dutch building painted in bright coloured pastels - all very pretty. Pedestrian pontoon swing bridge lies across the seaward end of Channel - one end is hinged & the swing end is propelled by large outboards It was great to sit and watch the bridge open & see ships come through, which included many passenger liners. We berthed about half way up the channel on the north side. Peter, the engineer becomes the ship's ambassador with his Dutch heritage ("Hello - how are you today?" ??). Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao aka the A B C islands make up the Netherlands Antilles. This is another contrast to the traditional Caribbean islands we saw in the Grenadines.
There was an entertaining last supper before the half our Voyage Crew depart here.
Time in Willamstad was spent exploring, hammock shaping & ship's maintenance.. Some VC hired a car to go to the National Park and see the butterflies, flamingos, iguanas etc
Had PC dinner - a bit of a special night as its the first time we're all off the ship together since sailing from Charleston in Cornwall!
Taking on diesel & water takes time as the passenger liners come first! New VC join on 23rd & we depart at 2100. Two magnificent fireworks displays.
This next week we will savour for a long time - this was just magical sailing:
The third night out encountered a school of flying fish - literally 100s were on deck within 10 minutes! All over the deck, through the head skylights, down the main companionway to the main saloon - everywhere Quite a sight!
VC became expert at sail handling & wearing ship. All of which always seem to happen at night. Jim & Morris, the brothers from USA and Jim's son Warren are soon dab hands aloft. Morris & Jim are found furling the course and Warren makes it all the way the T'Gallant!
North Equatorial current is predominantly setting west. Within 400 n.m. from Panama the Caribbean counter current play havoc as it deflects off the Central American coast and rejoins the Equatorial current.
Arrived off Christobal 0800 28th Jan. All are sad to have
to hand sail! VC Chris steers the ship through the breakwater. All sorts of different
ships everywhere at this ocean crossroads. The day is spent cleaning ship & organising
Customs & the canal transit. Pina coladas at sunset before Sunday roast dinner.
29th Jan: Some VC take tour to the first of the canal locks on the Atlantic side -Gatun Locks, raising ships 26 metres from the Caribbean Sea to Gatun Lake Others go to the old Spanish town of Potobello where in 16th and 17th century bullion & pilfered riches were stored before galleons sailed for Spain with the King's treasure! Ruins of two forts that protected the old town still stand. Portobello was settled after Francis Drake sacked the nearby town Nombre de Dios in 1596. (early Rule Brittania )
VC & PC also enjoy the hospitality of Colon Yacht Club. There is a special dinner tonight for VC Judy's birthday.
The next Web Log will be from the Pacific - all aboard are very
See Web Log 20 Jan - a new report just rcvd from Sally in Curacao - of the passage through the Venezuelan marine park.
Friday 26th January
Wednesday 24 January
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