Blue water cruising

Around the world

Published on 01 october 2016 at 0h00

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Brigitte and Yves are sailing around the world on board Téthys, their Nautitech 435 which they bought in Greece in 2010. After going through the Panama Canal, and before taking on the world’s biggest ocean, they decided to visit Coiba, on the south western coast of Panama.

In the twilight of 2014, the Miraflores locks closed behind Téthys. Once past the Bridge of the Americas, the Pacific Ocean will open up before us. This time it’s for real. We are really heading out into the unknown, and feel as though we are about to begin The Real Voyage.
Before the Big Crossing we wanted to check out the south western coast of the Gulf of Panama, the western coast of Panama and more particularly to take a trip to the island of Coiba, which is somewhere that the guidebooks don’t talk about too much. We therefore need to head south west to get around a headland which is well-named: Punta Mala.

After doing the supermarkets on the 24th December (what a great idea! However, we did have to stock up) we spent the morning of Christmas Day diving down to scrub our two hulls. That took us each a good two hours as the keel was filthy and had been colonized by different sorts of barnacles. And then we were off, heading for the small island of Otoque, where we planned to spend the night. We found a huge bay to the south, and have it to ourselves until a small fishing boat anchors across on the other side.
Before setting off, we decide to go on foot to the little village which we had ...

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