Week 10 5 – 11 March 2018 Portobelo, Panama – Bahia de Nombre de dios, Rio Terrin 20 nm
5 March Monday Portobelo
We don’t see a possibility to start north this week. Björn is a bit better, but Annika has started to show signs of the flu. But there is seldom anything bad that hasn’t also a good effect.
We have finalized TWO new albums, one covering Mexico and one for Panama including our channel passage.
We have also done a long postponed work, organizing and rewriting our old logbooks from start, and they are now published under logbooks. Amazing how many pages we have been writing over the years.
Late afternoon we made a dinghy tour ashore to get rid of trash and get some photos of the town to the Panama album. Found some apples to our breakfast porridge too.
The dinghy dock belongs to the German couple and their friendly beach bar and restaurant. It’s very easy to sit down and have a Balboa beer before going back to the boat.
This evening we tried their Pizza. Homemade and very good.
6 March Tuesday Portobelo
Same procedure as last night, meaning Björn is a bit better but Annika is worse.
Weather a bit overcastted but warm and humid. Late afternoon we took the dinghy to the bar for some internet and a beer. Their wifi is much faster than our cell phone out in Moon.
7 March Wednesday Portobelo
Björns cold is status quo. But Annika have hopefully reached the “bottom” during afternoon and night. The whole day became a grey day with rain off and on. Only 26C but very humid.
We really need to get going north!
8 March Thursday Portobelo
Annika has really started to cough and hopefully that means that it has started the long return . Björn is still coughing after ten days!
Some rain during the night which means that we have to close the hatch. It soon becomes hot and humid if we don’t wake up and open again. This is extra fun when you have a flu!
The passage to Cuba is an upwind tough one, not something to start with a crew weak from flu!
We do have to wait and hope for next weather window.
The boats in our bay are all, more or less, waiting for the passage to the Pacific and their waiting time seems to be the same as ours from the other side. But everyday some boats are leaving.
It’s an unusual mix, 12 out of 20 are from France! We have never met such dominance. Not so fun as people from France seems to avoid other nations, or is it only Swedes? But we have some nice exemptions from the role even here!! Rain off and on the whole day.
Afternoon and evening was spend in the bar/restaurant with internet, beer and schnitzel.
9 March Friday Portobelo
Rain this night again. Annika is still coughing and Björn is still not really ok.
Weather check. It looks like a possibility to start our trip north beginning of next week, both the weather and the flu seems to agree. At least we can start for some days going east to gain better angle to the north as the wind in the beginning of next week seems to be west of north.
This made us go into town and check laundry, harbormaster and immigration. We do have to check out of Panama before leaving Portobelo. Bought some vegetables before we went back to Moon..
In the afternoon we left two bags with laundry in town before we checked out and got our Zarpe for Cuba.
We spent some hours in “our” beach bar with internet and beer.
Our Canadian friends came from Panama city with lots of bags. We helped them out to Jabiroo next to Moon and later we had a sundowner in their cockpit. The beer was “half cold” because the fridge had stopped working. Annika stepped down in the big locker where the compressor is and restored the minus cabling and the fridge was happy again.
We had dinner at the beach bar/restaurant. A special made pizza from Annikas receipts. Chicken, banana and curry. It will be on the menu as “Moon Pizza”. Very good.
10 March Saturday Portobelo
Rain much of the night an Annika is feeling a bit better. Björn almost ok.
Cleaned the boat to be ready to leave tomorrow.
After lunch Annika cut the long hair on Björn before we took the dinghy to town. Got some last minutes frozen stuff and vegetables, and of course got the laundry.
Rest of the afternoon we spent with internet in the beach bar. There will be fewer possibilities to do that until we are in US.
We had our Canadian friends over for a sundowner before it was time for a shower and dinner in Moon.
11 March Sunday Portobel – Bahai de Nombre de dios , Rio Terrin 20 nm
No wind at all during the night and without a fan we had probably not survived!
Our colds are better but still some remains.
After breakfast we took the dinghy to the bar to leave a big, a little worn out, Swedish flag.
Back in Moon to secure the dinghy on deck and then retrieve the chain, a time consuming process as it was not clean after two weeks on the bottom. Used the wash down pump to clean the chain and that worked ok even if it took its time.
Funny enough, the chain had almost five meters, around twenty meters from the anchor, where it was yellow and looked gold plated. Had this something to do with the Spanish gold??? But sure there was some metal in the ocean floor that contributed to this phenomenon.
We left Portobelo around nine and drove by Isla Linton and Isla Grande to Bahia de Nombre de dios where we anchored for the night early afternoon behind a protecting reef. Except for the reef the wind have no disturbance and we hope to have a fresh air through the boat the whole night.
We will probably move further east towards San Blas before we start north when the easterly wind comes in by the end of next week.
Remember there are two albums on the web to examine.
Annika & Björn.