Let's see if I can recall....
We parked Gallivanter in Shelter Bay Marina, Panama for a month at the end of the year and visited friends in Costa Rica.
Next - we returned to Panama and prepped the boat for transiting the canal. Friends and family came to join us and work as line handlers. We counted six relatives and three good old friends aboard for the transit on Jan 20th. It was a Walk in the Park and cost $610 for everything... not counting $250 for an agent.
Then we spent several weeks poking around Panama's los Perles Islands... which reminded us of the Virgin Islands but without ANY development.
Finally - after more than 100 days, we departed Panama once and for all on 11 March bound for the Galapagos Islands. The 902 nautical mile passage took us exactly 6 days, 3 hrs and our top speed was recorded at 10.8 knots! We enjoyed great sailing conditions highlited by 48 hrs running wing & wing with the genoa poled out and main boom preventer rigged. And we bagged two nice tuna along the way.
Today is the Equinox and we're on the Equator in Ecuador. All things being Equal, we're having a fine day.
There are several other private yachts here in Academy Bay and I've just learned that the R/V Knorr will arrive on Monday with several old friends whom I once worked with at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and they'll be here several days... let the Good Times Roll!
Small World - Big Yacht Club!
From here we'll set out on the big passage to French Polynesia - 3000 nm from here to the Marquesas Islands! We may head north to Hawaii for hurricane season after Tahiti.