can all be summed up quite simply: The Pacifico Project
is a go!
February has been an incredibly long month of Pana-mania,
but we've finally made our way through the canal and we're
now sitting happily on an southwest-facing anchorage making
final preparations and provisioning for the next few long
months of crossing the world's largest body of water, the
It seems strange to say it since I've been traveling for
over 2 months now, but it really feels like this adventure
is FINALLY BEGINNING!
hitchhiked a new ride on "Aries Tor", a 34-foot
sloop from Toronto, owned by a guy named Rob who seems to
have always dreamed of sailing around the world, and one
day just decided to start. He bought the boat a few months
ago and sailed it down from Lake Ontario in the autumn.
Rob is 29, an ex-vegetarian, plays guitar and makes a mean
bean burrito. We're set!
Although our COMBINED age is about the average age of most
ocean circumnavigation sailors, it doesn't seem to matter
much. Everyone seems to take us as seriously as anyone else.
It's a very nice feeling.
the meantime, we're quite happy to leave the Caribbean after
being anchored in Colon for a week while dodging muggings
and waiting for a canal transit date. On the flip side,
we can't watch any more of the filming of James Bond's newest
movie on Colon's loading docks!
We plan to haul anchor tomorrow morning and sail out of
Panama City towards the Perlas Archipelago (just off the
coast, as seen on Survivor) rest up and scrape barnicles,
then continue south. Due to duldrums, we expect to follow
the Columbian and Ecuadorian coasts until we reach the equator,
then head directly west to the Galapagos. This is a big
step for me; I've never been more than just a few hours
expect to be offline for about 10 days starting.... now!
As for the Panama Canal, I assume you've all done your
homework on it, so I won't bore you with needless facts
and data; I would have just copied and pasted it from Wikipedia
anyhow. Just enjoy the photos!
Cheers! Next time you hear from me, I'll hopefully be in