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Sailing, Snorkling and Socialising.

Saturday 29th January 2022 Each morning starts with a magnificent breakfast created by Caron. We sailed for almost 3 hours through aqua blue waters and panoramic island views arriving at the Cayos Hollandeses islands which are renowned for snorkelling. Wasting no time after a seamless anchorage, we swam a few laps of the boat before landing on the nearest island (known as bug island), a walk along the golden sandy beach and yet another swim. Lovely to see a few more Oysters who are taking part in the rally arriving at the same spot. Sunday 30th January 2022 We started our day snorkelling on the nearby reef, enjoying amazing seallife and experimenting with our new underwater camera which may or may not have succeeded. Then off to BBQ island for a long swim. In her hammock, Caron get the best seat on the island. We had the island to ourselves for the first hour before two boats arrived spilling out about twenty people and spoiling our desert island solitude. Later that evening it was bac

Adventures, misadventures and more adventures

What an extraordinary few days we have had. We moored just off xxxx, a lovely tropical island owned by a local Guna* family where we enjoyed our first experience of their friendliness and welcome. As well as some coconuts (and beers). Regularly during the day, a Guna dug out arrives selling mola (local textiles), fish and vegetables. Thanks to Caron (and her impressive Spanish) we are able to buy what we need and also politely thank them and send them on their way when they are the third boat to arrive in the day! Our purchasing of lobsters wasn't very successful, because we managed to kill them in the heat of the laz (storage) before we could cook them - very disappointing but less messy for Ruth and I who were the designated chefs/killers of the evening. On Day 2, after much studying of charts and deciding which of the 350 islands to visit, Liam piled us into the dinghy and headed to a Robinson Crusoe-esque desert island. It had been billed as having two palm trees, measuring abo

Cruising in Paradise

 So earlier this week we managed to rejoin RuthII in the San Blas islands off Panama .This involved flying to Panama taking a very bumpy jungle ride and a short transfer from Carti by a Panamanian longboat !! We are now cruising among the 356  islands with less than 50 populated by the Guna Tribe . Our first night was at anchor beside the Gunboat island which actually had an Air  B&B photo attached . The Gunas are incredibly friendly very welcoming coming to the boat in Canoes selling fruit and veg fish and tonight we are planning to test their lobsters !! They are intrigued by our Skipper having his all female crew bless him !  Our days are busy  swimming ,exploring islands eating coconuts and long Pilates classes .Today we plan to test out  the new paddle board .Definitely Paradise .!We have ten days here before we sail to Shelter Bay to prepare for the Canal crossing and we plan to update this  every couple of days ! Ruth Sent from my iPhone