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Today should mark the last day of this passage to Panama. Thanks to my awesome sailing tactical prowess (I’m expecting to hear from Team Oracle any day now) we’re actually going to be arriving a day earlier than I had calculated based on our historical average SOGs. We’ve pretty much run the gamut of weather conditions on this passage, from the ideal conditions that lead to our 209nm day, to 35 knots of true wind and large waves (fortunately still downwind), to now we have grey skies, tiny waves and less than 10 knots of true wind. It most likely won’t be the most beautiful day for an arrival into Panama, but as long as we get there safe, that’s all I care about.
One thing that is a bit disconcerting, since we’re 65 miles away from Colon, is that there are practically no ships around us. I had these grand visions in my head of a line of cargo ships and tankers streaming towards and away from the Canal, and instead we have 2 AIS targets right now (oh wait, it just jumped up to 3!). Rather disappointing and in truth, has me a slight bit nervous that all of our charts and GPS plotters are leading us astray and we are instead aiming for some long lost island where we’ll encounter Tom Hanks and his buddy Wilson. Though I suppose that wouldn’t be so bad, Tom Hanks does sound like a pretty awesome dude.
A special thanks to all of you who take the time to comment on Facebook and our blog while we’re out sailing, and an even more special thanks to my sister Julie for taking the time to forward them all to us each day. Even though we can’t respond while at sea (we promise to reply once we get decent land based internet!) it is a ton of fun for both Amy and I to read the comments and know that we aren’t just throwing words into the abyss of the internet. You guys are awesome!