Crossing through the Panama Canal from the Caribbean (North) Sea to the Pacific (South) Sea was a two day expedition. We did not go on our boat, Livin’ Life, but went as crew aboard Stella Polaris. Although out of order, I wanted to share this experience while it was still relatively fresh in my mind – especially for our cruising friends preparing to cross into the Pacific.
Day One: Jason and Brita from Blue Moon and Dave and I joined Andreas and Margrethe (Maggie) on their aluminum monohull, Stella Polaris. We all met up in Shelter Bay Marina, the best if not only stop to complete final preparations on your boat before entering the Panama Canal. As our assigned time neared, we moved to the “Flats” where we dropped anchor to wait for our pilot. Andreas was informed that we would enter the canal locks with three other vessels. Kulfi, pictured above was another aluminum sailboat.
This small German-owned sailboat was another.
The pilot boat arrived and we watched as they skillfully and gently approached the sailboats to deliver the pilots.