Thursday, 29 April 2010
We have actually transited the canal twice. The first time with Jean Francoise aboard his self built catamaran. We left last Friday night and locked up to the lake, where we spent the night. Saturday morning, we headed accross the lake and down the Pedro Miguel, and Miraflores locks to the Balboa Yacht club. We boarded the launch and once ashore our taxi driver/agent was waiting, to wisk us back to shelter bay.
Monday, 26 April 2010
Today (and tomorrow) is the day we transit the canal. Today (Mon April 26) at around 7pm local time (5pm in Vancouver) we should be transiting the Gatun locks! After that we spend the night in the lake and early Tuesday morning we travel south. If all goes well we should be near the Centennial bridge between 10 and 11, and in the Mira Flores lock around noon. The canal authority has some live webcams that can be found by clicking the title or going to http://www.pancanal.com/ and then click on multimedia. Last Friday night, and Saturday we went through with a single handed French catamaran. We have posted some pictures below, but our batteries ran out. Later this week we will post pics of our transit. Pacific Ocean here we come!