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Taking Back Our Lives
Taking Back Our Lives
061 - Jun 4th 08:07 CDT
Captain's Log: Waiting at the dock, Flamenco Marina, for canal vessel inspection and arrival of Erick, the canal agent. Transit today? Nobody knows... will keep log informed
Editor's note: Purple dashed line is the Panama Canal
062 - Jun 4th 12:29 CDT
Captain's Log: Mission Elapsed Time 032/04:33:13 Dist 3,036.82 NM Canal transit scheduled for Tues, June 7. For those following via live webcam, we'll fly the rainbow flag
Editor's note: Vessel is at dock on Flamenco island (at the end of the narrow ismith, bottom center)
063 - Jun 6th 23:40 CDT
CANAL ALERT! Live webcams in the Panama Canal. http://www.pancanal.com/eng/photo/camera-java.html Track our position to see where and when to watch for us.
064 - Jun 7th 06:37 CDT
Captain's Log: 6:27am entered Panama canal approach. Eta at Miraflores locks, 25 min.
065 - Jun 7th 07:24 CDT
Miraflores locks in sight! We are sharing the lock with a bulk carrier with red and white topsides and a black hull. We'll be center lock, behind freighter
066 - Jun 7th 08:28 CDT
Waiting behind black hulled freighter for the west lane of Miraflores lock. Decommissioned Canadian warship, Algonquin towed into east lane.
067 - Jun 7th 10:03 CDT
Canal traffic jam! We're waiting in the Miraflores lock for fog delayed traffic to clear. Should be more than visible on the webcam, behind the freighter.
068 - Jun 7th 11:25 CDT
In a holding pattern in Miraflores lake, waiting for the Pedro Miguel locks to clear, then it's our turn. Still center channel, behind the black freighter.
069 - Jun 7th 18:33 CDT
Captain's Log: 5:35 pm lcl: dropped anchor in Lake Gatun near S end Gatun locks. Next pilot scheduled for tomorrow at 10:30 am. Jungle, crocs, birds, amazing technology.
070 - Jun 8th 11:01 CDT
Captain's Log: In Gatun locks now. Sidewall tied in front of blue and white vehicle carrier. Lost main anchor, snagged on sunken building in lake Gatun. Had to cut chain!$!$
071 - Jun 8th 13:47 CDT
Captain's Log: Departed lower Gatun lock. Pilot collected by canal pilot boat. Enroute Shelter Bay marina (NW corner Limon Bay) to de-boat the rented PanaMuscle, top-up h2O+fuel
Chief Engineer's Log: Forced to cut away main anchor in 12m alligator infested water. Makeshift ground tackle in place using the smaller "lunch hook" anchor. Hoping we don't need to stop!
072 - Jun 8th 15:56 CDT
Captain's Log: Mission Elapsed Time 036/05:57:52 Dist 3,089.74 NM Cleared Colon harbor at 3 pm lcl. Heading north in Caribbean for Key West, Florida, 1170 NM Est Arr 10 days
073 - Jun 9th 12:13 CDT
Captain's Log: 100 NM N Colon. Underway, we swapped huge Genoa for smaller (heavy weather) Yankee head sail. Wind and seas kicking up. Enya is right, water IS Caribbean blue!
074 - Jun 9th 21:00 CDT
Captain's Log: Entering super active electrical storm. Never seen anything like this! Unavoidable. Thunder continuous. Lightning strikes more than one per second.
Jun 9th 21:17 CDT
Downpour started. Torrential. Flattening waves. Lightning strikes within 200m. Terrifying. Blinding. Strike, maybe 50m. Water vaporised, like artillery strike
Jun 9th 21:32 CDT
Trying to maneuver to less active part of storm. Record! 5 sec w/o lightning. Engine running in case lose elec system. Deep reefed mainsail only.
075 - Jun 10th 00:30 CDT
Captain's Log: Lightning diminished, sort of. Now wind directly from course. Bathtub toy of a boat goes to windward like flotsam under motor, w/o motor, flotsam outperforms.
076 - Jun 10th 18:16 CDT
Captain's Log: Worst sea conditions I've ever seen. Eratic, blustery wind, violent, steep 3m waves, 2sec period. Rogue waves throwing up towers of water. Breaking over deck. Worried.
077 - Jun 11th 08:21 CDT
Captain's Log: Still here. Draw a line from Colon to here, that is the worst sailing on Earth. Draw a line from here to gulf of Mexico, maybe that's even worse than this!
Jun 11th 08:49 CDT
Captain's Log Supplemental: Misogynistic asshole canal agent gave us both colds. All we do is hang on tight and observe the destruction. Preying to dog the autopilot holds up. 0g+impact=cra$h
078 - Jun 11th 10:57 CDT
Captain's Log: Dialed in - 23 degree course change for the Yucatan channel, 527 nm wnw current position. Still rough, can't open hatches. L's laptop comp smashed. Books soaked. Big wave broke over cockpit, cushions gone, Bimini ripped, half of table ripped away, some electronics FUBAR and worst of all, Canadian flag ripped. Bummer!
Jun 11th 11:42 CDT
Hey adventure fans! Don't get me wrong, everything might be going to shit, and it's so bad can't even eat, sleep or brush teeth, but THAT'S adventure. It's about the challenge
079 - Jun 11th 20:27 CDT
Injuries: Crew still bleeding 24h after falling into broken glass. Capt knocked out. Headache, blurry vision. Constant broadside rogue waves slamming starboard
080 - Jun 11th 20:38 CDT
Captain's Log: Crossing Nicaragua rise,conditions worsening. Broadside near vertical waves slamming us sideways.Hell of a beating. Seawater coming in everywhere. Stuff trashed
Editor's note: The Nicaragua rise is a large area of shallow seas notorious for rough conditions. During ice ages this is dry land.