We have arrival in Panama! Starry Horizons is safely tied up to the dock at Shelter Bay Marina, thanks to some excellent maneuvering in close quarters by the Admiral. There are lots of other cruisers here prepping for the Pacific so we’ve already started making friends.
The final day of the passage started out a bit grey and dreary but right about at the time of our arrival to the massive gathering of ships anchored awaiting passage through the canal (I guess that’s where they all were), the sun started poking through the clouds. The winds today were quite light, but rather than the low single digits they were forecasted to be, they hovered in the upper single digits and even a few 11 and 12 knots true. We did quite a bit of motorsailing, but there were a few periods where we could unroll the screecher and actually sail for a while.
With the sun out and the light winds, I managed to work up the courage to launch the drone off of Starry Horizons as we worked our way through all the anchored ships. To say I was nervous is quite an understatement, but my shaky hands didn’t seem to have too much of an effect of the shots. They turned out awesome! As soon as we get some wifi, I’ll try to give a quick preview. And even better still, I managed to get the drone back to the boat without crashing it in the water!
Final Passage Recap:
Average SOG: 7.48 (new record!)
Average NM/Day: 179.4 (new record!)
Best NM/Day: 209 (new record!)
Total Time at Sea: 7 Days
Total NM: 1,249
Fish Caught: 3 Tuna (new record!)