May 24, 2014 - Awaiting admittance to port in Panama

So, here we are near the entrance to one of the man made wonders of the world. We are adrift, with the engine in neutral, awaiting admittance of Flamenco Bay Marina, near Panama City. We were first of the Clipper Race boats to arrive, and we are ready for when the marina opens at 9am. The past five days of motoring/motor sailing have been grating on my nerves. The constant noise and rattle of the engine, not to mention the heat generated by the engine trapped below deck. Now, with the engine idling, it's a relief for the senses. Whew! There was lots of work to be done during the passage to get the boat ready for the next race and minimize work to be done while in port. We put up a tarpaulin during the day time for shade.

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We encountered a drift net. Would we be able to drive over it or need we drive around the end of it, a very long way away?  Under close, we could see it suspended below the surface, and it appeared we could make it over. Indeed we did. Whew! (This is Jen on lookout).

 The sails were brought up from the sail locker so they could be inspected and repaired as needed.

The sails were brought up from the sail locker so they could be inspected and repaired as needed.

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Jen and I serviced the brass hanks on the Yankee sails and the staysail with Vaseline. Several needed to be replaced due to twisting from the forces on them. 

 The staysail stayed hanked on in case the engine konked out.

The staysail stayed hanked on in case the engine konked out.

 Han used a halyard to help muscle the sails back Into the sail locker.

Han used a halyard to help muscle the sails back Into the sail locker.

 Rope/lines were checked and repeaired. (This is Jill)

Rope/lines were checked and repeaired. (This is Jill)

 Meanwhile the boat needed to be pointed in the right direction. Nice job, Jen!

Meanwhile the boat needed to be pointed in the right direction. Nice job, Jen!

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 One day, I was mother while the rest of the crew were on deep clean detail. The chicken pot pie, made with freeze dried chicken, with sweet potato mash was well received. One pie per watch.

So now, bilges scrubbed and floor boards mopped, caves (cubby holes) wiped and bags packed, we excitedly wait for word that we can enter Flamenco Bay Marina.

 

We will have the boat measured and then learn about our departure date and time for passage through the canal. We anticipate a least one night in a hotel.  Adrian said, "I feel like a kid at Christmas!"

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