Monthly Archives: February 2013

Some Pics of the Panama Canal!

So we are through and we woke up in Lake Gatun which is just amazing! We are now in the   Pacific Ocean and tomorrow after some engine servicing and repairs to our RADAR we will venture out into the Pacific to a group of Islands called Las Perlas! Cant Wait!

In the meantime…I thought I would post some pics for you to see! :0) Enjoy!

One Life……Make Sure You’re Living it! :0)

Lush about to transit the world’s most famous canal!

So we are sitting here in Shelter Bay Marina listening to channel 12 and the pilots communicate with the worlds shipping to link them from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans!

At 1700 UTC Lush will pull off the dock and we will head for Anchorage F where a pilot will join us to take us through the Panama Canal!

We have all been reading about the history….the 30,000 men who built it….the 10,000 men that gave their lives and the massive Lake Gatun…..a 560 Sq KM lake that was made by flooding the landscape to make the canal! All done 100 years ago!

And today….LUSH and her mighty team are about to transit it! Wow what an experience! We will be back with pictures later! :0)

Anyhow if you are interested keep and eye on the webcams and you may well see the mighty LUSH!

One Life…Make sure your living it!

Paul :0) x

OMG AL caught a SHARK!!!!!!

.So we’re all down below bar Wallis who was on deck doing some yoga as dusk fell last night… Next thigh Wallis calls down to Al saying there’s something pulling on his fishing line. Now we often drop our line out in an anchorage but so far we haven’t had a bite unless the boat is in transit so Al was sure it was a false alarm and told Wallis to leave it… next thing the rod jumped again and moved 180 degrees to which Wallis shouted with certainty ‘Al, there’s definitely something on that line’…. Alan jumped up and started to reel it in… ‘it’s a shark, it’s a shark!!!…..’ It didn’t take long to get all crew on deck with cameras to view the catch… OMG.. it really was a shark.. but no sooner had we taken the pics and were about to figure out how to land it, keeping all limbs intact, then the line broke… and we lost our shark!!…… Unbelievable… The cook in me was nervous about tacking it and cooking it but the dentist in me couldn’t wait to get my hands on those teeth!!! Sure enough, as with most patients he managed to wriggle his way out of their before we could get started! ..oh well there’ll be another one at some stage I’m sure…

Antigua to San Blas Islands (Dec10th 2012 -Jan 8th 2013)

Wow wees, what a crazy couple of months we’ve had since we last blogged. After an awesome transatlantic crossing of 11days and 23hours we partied it up in Antigua. Indeed we were sad to say goodbye to Martin, Woody, Dave, Conor and my Dad, Joe after such a fun crossing together. However, our next adventure awaited and we readied ourselves and Lush for Eddie, Marie and various guests who joined us on our 6 week Caribbean cruise.

We celebrated Christmas and New Years in the fanciest island of St Barts. As it’s a French island we stocked up on all sorts of meats, cheese and vino! Happy days! We came third in the Round St Barts race on New Year’s Eve and sailed back down south the following day to join the rest of the Oyster fleet for the start of this Oyster World Rally. New guests joined us on the 6th of Jan and we sailed further south in winds of 25knots plus pulling into Guadeloupe, Les Saintes, Dominica and Martinique. From there we sailed onto Bequia where four new guests joined us and along with Eddie and Marie we ventured further south to the private island Mustique and onto the stunning Grenadines and Grenada. We managed to catch some fish on route and picked up our fruit and veg from the local boat boys.

In Grenada everyone hopped off the yacht bar us four crew. Alan’s wife Kizzy joined us and we set sail for Bonaire, a Dutch island off the coast of Venezuela. After a few days off, kite surfing and diving some of the world’s most stunning reefs, we set sail, sailing west again, this time for the San Blas islands, just east of Panama. There was no shortage of breeze again for this passage and with the wind on our backs we sailed Lush hard, arriving into the San Blas three days later.

The San Blas are over 340 islands of incredible beauty with untouched stretches of rainforest along with stunning beaches and reefs. This vast archipelago is home to the Kuna Indians, who, according to our cruising guidebook, have best preserved their culture and traditions out of all the tribes in the Americas. Various Kunas have already rowed out to us in their “ulu”, which is a dugout canoe, selling us crabs, lobster and numerous fish along with Molas, which are one of Panama’s most famous handicrafts.

Will try update this more often from now on, it’s just the last two months have been sooo hectic trying to get the hang of this super yacht business, we’ve hardly even spoken to our families. Most of the time we don’t even have internet, which is really hard to imagine when we’ve all been used to having it on our fingertips, 24-7, back home. We update the blog through our Sat Phone but can’t surf online or use skype etc through it.

Must dash for now! I bought some crabs of the Kunas earlier and am keen to get cooking before they escape my bucket!

Love to one and all,

Audrey xxx

PS the rest of the crew will add to these details in time as there’s so much more to report from our first few months at sea! Please do join our facebook page too for more gos.