Date: February 16, 2001 Entrance to Panama
Panama Canal Zone
Greetings from from the Panama Canal Zone!
By Lois Joy
We are finally here, at the crossroads of the Atlantic and the Pacific.
Soon Pacific Bliss can live up to part of her name "Pacific".
As for the "Bliss" part, Phyllis is now saying that
the definition of bliss is a gentle Force 4 wind and a calm anchorage.
We haven't seen too much of either recently. The gale force warnings
in the Cartagena and San Blas areas are finally diminishing tonight.
Fortunately for us, we found an opening with only Force 6, gusting
to 7, and used those two days to transit to the Canal Zone. Many
yachts are holed up in the San Blas, waiting for calmer weather.
There is not much of a line-up for the Canal transit, so we expect to
transit already on Sunday. You can watch the transit through the
Milaflores locks by keeping your screen on www.pancanal.com
where they photograph each yacht and freighter going through.
If anyone catches Pacific Bliss, please download
it and email to me. We'd appreciate it. More to follow.