The last two weeks have been frantic: after our arrival in Shelter Bay, we had to immediately tackle the essential repairs to the boat after the knockdown.
Expecially critical, the repair to the crosstrees, which required the replacement of some parts: luckily we found a Canadian liveaboard who does rigging jobs and was able to source the spares and do the job in few days!
In parallel, we worked at cleaning all the wet stuff inside the boat and repairing the electic circuits and the electronic instruments that were not working anymore: frustrating job, with a lot of devices irretrievably damaged and all switches on the main switchboard which are progressively failing.
In the end, just the day before the scheduled Panama Canal transit, we managed to have the main eletronic instruments back to work; we still have to find a solution to repair or replace the shredded sprayhood and the cockpit floor which was lst at sea.
Sunday 27th of January, we depart for the Canal! The Rally yachts will transit in two groups of 15 boats each, rafted in groups of 3.
We reached the first lock when it was dark, rafting-up and then entering the lock was not easy and an heavy rainshower made things unpleasant as well! All well anyway, and we spent the night at anchor in the Gatun lake which constitutes the central part of the Canal.
Wake-up at dawn to receive a new pilot and the proceed across the Lake towards the Pedro Miguel locks and then the Miraflores locks which open their gateway to the Pacific Ocean. In daylight, all seems much easier!
We reach Flamenco Marina (dirty, noisy and expensive!) where we will spend a few days to complete as much as possible the repair works: the Galapagos islands are waiting us, and from there the crossing of the Pacific Ocean to the Marquisas islands.