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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Maunie is now in the Pacific Ocean!

We completed our Canal transit this afternoon so are now in a slightly rolly anchorage called Playita – in the Pacific Ocean! The canal passage went fine, thanks to our great line handlers Brie, Rob and Paul and two very good Canal Advisors (one of whom, Elvir, was on board the French yacht last week), though it was a little more challenging at times, due to the weather and some different skill levels on neighbouring boats. Anyway we are exhausted but delighted to be here. We hope that you managed to see us on the Miraflores locks webcam but, if not, Graham's dad has saved some photos which we'll post on the blog soon .
Tomorrow we'll go ashore and head into Panama City for some retail therapy and to recce the fresh food market. At the moment the wind is pretty light this side so we'll be watching the forecast carefully for a window of opportunity to head south-west for Galapagos. We're committed to crossing the huge ocean now!

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