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Approaching Panama


Sadly our ten days in Paradise ended on Friday with a ten hour passage from San Blas to Panama City . We left Lemon Cays at dawn and set off on our passage to Shelter Bay . We had 15/ 20 knots on the beam most of the way, great sailing  conditions and a lovely introduction for Caron Mags and Aideen to ocean passages ! Their only regret was the lack of Dolphins ! 
As we approached Panama we had to negotiate literally dozens of massive Cargo ships mostly at anchor presumably waiting to go through the Canal !
Liam as always calmly steered us through the breakwater and into our berth in Shelter Bay where all the Oyster rally will gather for the next ten days prior to going through the Canal. We were the first boat to arrive and got a great welcome. We ate on land for the first time in a while and then after a short run inthe jungle on Saturday we travelled back to Panama City .
Today Sunday we said goodbye to Caron who is heading home and the rest of us have travelled to Cartagena for a few days exploring and for Liam a return to his country of birth and perhaps a chance to catch up with some Colombian Shanahans !!
We promise lots more colourful photos as we visit this fascinating city!