Arriving in Roatan, an unexpexted cruising gem

Often we are not sure what exactly awaits us at the next destination. Mostly we choose the next stop based on stories from other sailors and limited information online. In preparation, we at least research the entry requirements of the country, but for us a large part of this trip is to gain impartial impressions.Continue reading “Arriving in Roatan, an unexpexted cruising gem”

Fast passage from Panama to Honduras

On December 4th we set sail from Bocas del Toro, Panama, to Roatan, Honduras. Depending on weather conditions and ocean currents we expected the 860-nautical-miles-sail to take us between 8-9 days. Except of a close encounter with a fishing vessel off the Nicaraguan coast, we had a smooth 7-day passage. How where we so fast?Continue reading “Fast passage from Panama to Honduras”

The worst nightmare of every sailor: PIRACY!

What would you do if pirates approached your boat? Pirates are often associated with the romanticized image that many books, songs and movies create. Seldom do you think about the real piracy that happens in some parts of the world today. The people who approach your boat to rob, assault, or kidnap you, take yourContinue reading “The worst nightmare of every sailor: PIRACY!”

Red frogs, sloths and muddy feet in Bocas Del Toro

Bocas Del Toro is our last stop in Panama before we will sail north to Honduras. Compared to other places in Panama, Bocas town was a busy, colorful small town filled with international tourists and backpackers. It was a nice change to have unlimited options of supermarkets, bars and restaurants. The Bocas archipelago consists ofContinue reading “Red frogs, sloths and muddy feet in Bocas Del Toro”

Old ruins, a night with crocodiles and our worst sail ever

The last weeks we’ve been making our way further west along the Caribbean coast of Panama. Not only did we experience the worst sail without being prepared for what was coming at us, but we’ve learnt more about the local history in Portobelo, took Porky up a fresh water river and spent the night amongContinue reading “Old ruins, a night with crocodiles and our worst sail ever”

Meeting an indigenous people in Guna Yala

We spent the last two weeks in Guna Yala (previously known as San Blas islands) in the northeast of the isthmus of Panama. The region lived up to its reputation of being beautiful and remote. Many islands are postcard perfect with their white beaches, tall palm trees and a very out of the ordinary localContinue reading “Meeting an indigenous people in Guna Yala”

Thunderstorms on the way to Panama

After waiting for better weather conditions for another week in Bonaire we were keen to get going and decided to set sail to Panama. None of us have ever been in Central America before and we were excited to see something new. We said bye to our friends, enjoyed one last meal at a restaurantContinue reading “Thunderstorms on the way to Panama”

Atlantic circuit or Pacific?

We never really planned our route ahead of time. From the moment we bought the boat we only set ourselves the goal to cross the Atlantic and explore the Eastern Caribbean. What will happen after we didn’t know and that intentional uncertainty was part of the journey from the beginning. After our season in theContinue reading “Atlantic circuit or Pacific?”

Bon bini na Boneiru

Beautiful reefs in clear water, cacti, flamingos and lizards. Bonaire and its dry, warm climate is a nice change to the humidity of the windward islands. We were lucky to get one of the last slips to moor Porky as all mooring balls and marina berths were taken and already reserved for the next months.Continue reading “Bon bini na Boneiru”

Dodging a hurricane and hiking in Grenada’s rainforest

Our time in Carriacou and Grenada slowly comes to an end. In Carriacou we have experienced our first hurricane, named Elsa, which center hit further north and only brought us heavy rain showers and wind shifts. Carefully monitoring the weather forecasts we decided together with other sailors to sit it out at anchor in TyrellContinue reading “Dodging a hurricane and hiking in Grenada’s rainforest”